Red Bulls Fall to New England 2-0 in Game 2 of FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup

The Red Bulls dropped a 2-0 decision to the Revs Saturday in Game 2 of the Desert Diamond Cup

TUCSON, AZ (Feb. 25, 2012) – The New York Red Bulls dropped a 2-0 decision to the New England Revolution at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium in the Desert Diamond Cup Saturday evening. New England received a pair of second half goals from Kelyn Rowe. With the loss, the Red Bulls are now 0-2-0 in the tournament and 1-2-3 in 2012 preseason play.

The Red Bulls’ next game in the competition is on Wednesday, when they take on the LA Galaxy at approximately 10:30 PM ET. That match will be streamed live on www.mlssoccer.com and www.newyorkredbulls.com.

Both teams were looking to get settled into the match in the first half. New York had the first shot of the night in the 12th minute, when Dax McCarty cut to his left foot and drove it over the crossbar. Seven minutes later, Jose Angulo’s in-swinging corner kick found a wide open Brandon Barklage, whose header was wide.

In the second half, New England earned the first scoring chance of the interval six minutes in, as Rowe found an on-rushing Saer Sene. Sene, however, could not put his shot on goal.

Sene had the best chance of the match up to that point with 15 minutes remaining in the encounter. The forward had space at the top of the box and unleashed a shot that beat Vuolo and slammed off the left post. The rebound fell to New England’s Luiscito Campisi and his first-timer was caught by Vuolo.

The Revolution took the lead for good two minutes later. Sene was able to slip through on goal, but Tyler Ruthven slid in to prevent the Revolution player from taking a shot. Rowe was on hand for the loose ball and put it into the back of the net.

The same combination wrapped up the result in the 84th minute. Sene passed it to Rowe, who raced in and his left-footed curling shot nestled into the top corner of the net.

New York Red Bulls 0, New England Revolution 2
Feb. 25, 2012 – Kino Veteran Memorial Stadium - Tucson, AZ
Preseason Match – Desert Diamond Cup

Scoring Summary:   
NE: Kelyn Rowe 1 (unassisted) 77’
NE: Kelyn Rowe 2 (Saer Sene 1) 84’

Disciplinary Summary:   
NY: Tyler Ruthven (caution) 16’
NY: Wilman Conde (caution) 32’
NE: Florian Lechner (caution) 56’
NE: Rick Smith (caution) 67’

New York Red Bulls – Jeremy Vuolo (GK), Jonathan Borrajo, Tyler Ruthven*, Wilman Conde (Leobardo Alvarez* 35’), Connor Lade (Willis Forko* 87’), Brandon Barklage* (Giorgi Chirgadze* 87’), Dax McCarty, Victor Palsson, Mehdi Ballouchy, Jhonny Arteaga*, Jose Angulo* (Corey Hertzog 46’)

Substitute Not Used: Philip Tuttle*, Andrew Welker*, Ryan Maduro*, Ruben Gonzalez*

New England Revolution – Matt Reis (GK), Darrius Barnes, Stephen McCarthy, John Lozano (Florian Lechner* 46’), Chris Tierney (Tom Cruise* 67’), Kelyn Rowe, Shalrie Joseph, Clyde Simms (Luiscito Campisi* 67’), Benny Feilhaber, Bjorn Runstrom* (Saer Sene 46’), Fernando Cardenas (Rick Smith* 46’)

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Tim Murray, Tyler Polak, Ryan Guy, Diego Fagundez, Zack Schilawski, Ryan Kinne, Michael Roach*, Blake Brettschneider*, Jeremiah White*, Alec Purdie*,

Referee: Tyler Ploeger
Referee’s Assistants: Apolinar Mariscal, Eduardo Mariscal
4th Referee: Allen Chapman

* - Guest Player