MATCH PREVIEW: Red Bulls vs. Revolution

RBNY host New England in pivotal Eastern Conference clash

NEW YORK RED BULLS vs NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
RED BULL ARENA, Harrison, N.J.
Aug. 2, 2014 (WEEK 21, MLS Game #195)
7 p.m. ET (MSG; CSN-NE, MLS Free Stream of the Week)

The New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution renew their I-95 rivalry on Saturday evening when the clubs face off at Red Bull Arena. It's the second meeting of the season between the teams.

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The Red Bulls won for the first time in New England in a decade with a 2-0 win on June 8; the Revs haven't won at New York since 2007. The Red Bulls return home after a 1-1 draw at Real Salt Lake at midweek, while the Revolution put paid to an eight-game losing run, also at midweek, in a 3-0 home win against the Colorado Rapids.

REFEREE: Allen Chapman. SAR (bench): Adam Wienckowski; JAR (opposite): Peter Balciunas; 4th: Daniel Fitzgerald
MLS Career: 42 games; FC/gm: 22.6; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 10; pens: 14

SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: NY: Jamison Olave | NE: Lee Nguyen, Chris Tierney
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: NY: Thierry Henry, Armando, Tim Cahill ? NE: Scott Caldwell, A.J. Soares
DISABLED LIST: NE: Andy Dorman
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (62 meetings): Red Bulls 21 wins (2 shootout), 103 goals | Revolution 26 wins (3 shootout), 105 goals | Ties 15
AT NEW YORK (32 meetings): Red Bulls 16 wins (0 shootout), 66 goals | Revolution 8 wins (2 shootout), 46 goals | Ties 8

2014 (MLS)
6/8: NE 0, NY 2 (Alexander 17; Luyindula 76)

  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Goals from Eric Alexander and Peguy Luyindula gave the Red Bulls a famous 2-0 win, June 8 at Gillette Stadium.
  • The first meeting victory was the first for New York in New England since 2002. The Revolution had won 13 of 19 meetings in league and MLS Cup play since that previous New York win.
  • The Revolution haven't won in New Jersey since 2007, now winless on their last nine trips to face the Red Bulls. New York had won the last four league meetings at Red Bull Arena before the teams reached a 2-2 draw in their last meeting last year, Oct. 5.
  • Coaches record: Jay Heaps vs. NY: P7 W1 L3 T3 | Mike Petke vs. NE: P4 W2 L0 T2

LAST MEETING (MLS)

  • The Red Bulls took the lead in the 17th minute. Lloyd Sam drove in a long free kick from the left wing toward the back post, and New York midfielder Eric Alexander was able to redirect an open header past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth for the opener.
  • The second goal came in the 76th minute when a ball was headed down at the top of the box and Peguy Luyindula hit it on the volley into the lower right corner of the net, giving the Red Bulls the win.
  • NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-1-4-1): Bobby Shuttleworth - Andrew Farrell, A.J. Soares, Jose Goncalves, Chris Tierney - Andy Dorman (Saer Sene 81) - Teal Bunbury, Daigo Kobayashi (Steve Neumann 71), Lee Nguyen, Diego Fagundez - Patrick Mullins (Kelyn Rowe 46).
  • NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-4-1-1): Luis Robles - Chris Duvall, Armando, Matt Miazga, Kosuke Kimura - Lloyd Sam, Ibrahim Sekagya, Eric Alexander, Bobby Convey (Jonny Steele 60) - Bradley Wright-Phillips (Andre Akpan 87) - Peguy Luyindula (Connor Lade 90).

NEW YORK RED BULLS
The New York Red Bulls reached their second consecutive draw, playing to a 1-1 result with Real Salt Lake on Wednesday evening at Rio Tinto Stadium. The Red Bulls are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 25 points from 21 matches on the season.

LAST MATCH

  • RSL took the lead in the 18th minute. Javier Morales put in a corner kick and New York goalkeeper Luis Robles made a nice save from the resulting attempt, but the ball rebounded to RSL forward Joao Plata in the left side of the area, and he fired the into the far side of the net for the opener.
  • The Red Bulls equalized in the 57th minute. A cross came in from the left, Tim Cahill laid it off to Thierry Henry, and he did the rest - firing the ball from about 22 yards out into the right side of the net.
  • Red Bulls boss Mike Petke made one change to the team that gained a 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes at Red Bull Arena. Roy Miller returned to the side, replacing Lloyd Sam.
  • NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-4-2): Luis Robles - Chris Duvall, Jamison Olave, Ibrahim Sekagya, Roy Miller - Eric Alexander (Ruben Bover 79), Dax McCarty, Tim Cahill, Ambroise Oyongo - Bradley Wright-Phillips, Thierry Henry (Peguy Luyindula 90).

TEAM NEWS

  • The draw was the 10th of the season for the Red Bulls, third-most in MLS, behind Chicago (12) and Vancouver (11), who reached a scoreless draw the same evening.
  • "We're close to the point in the season when you're going to stop saying a point is good on the road, but it's a good point," said Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke. "We haven't won here since 2008, and I think the guys did enough to win tonight, but we'll take a point."
  • Thierry Henry scored his fifth goal of the season, his second in the last four matches. Over his last seven games, since May 27, he has two goals and five assists.
  • "Great work, great awareness from Tim Cahill and I just had to finish it. Overall, I thought that Real Salt Lake played really well," Henry said. "We came back to the game - it wasn't one of our best games, if I can say - but sometimes you have to get some result like that away from home, especially in a place like Salt Lake. Usually we come here and we lose. It''s a draw. We're not extremely happy with it but sometimes you have to save something out of a game and we did that tonight."
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips was credited with his first assist of the season. He still leads the MLS Golden Boot standings with 17 goals, despite seeing his goalscoring streak snapped at five games. He has eight goals in his last nine games, and has 16 of his goals over the last 14 games (since April 23).
  • "I thought we started well. In the first half, I think we had the ball for a while. They got the ball in our box, and we conceded a goal, so it was kind of the same thing for them in the first half. Like I said, they're a good team; it's difficult to play against them. We didn't play that well. We managed to score a good goal in terms of construction. Like I said, we picked up a point. We're kind of happy with it," Henry said.
  • Roy Miller made his first appearance for the Red Bulls since May 10, after returning from the FIFA World Cup and Costa Rica national team carrying an injury. Miller played the full 90 minutes at left back.
  • After five successive starts at left back, Ambroise Oyongo moved forward to fill a wide role on the left of midfield, playing the full 90 minutes.
  • "We've got some tired guys. Obviously, we're in altitude here in Salt Lake and Salt Lake is a good team that gets the ball moving and gets you moving," said Petke. "Guys are a bit hurting right now, a little sore, so we'll have to wait until tomorrow to see how the guys are responding and we have a big game this weekend."
  • "I'm very disappointed, to be honest with you, in that goal, because it was a situation that we defended the corner kick well, and then when it pops out, nobody gets to the guy with the ball," Petke said. "We need people rushing at and throwing their bodies in the way, and we didn't. He got a good look - good touch, good look - and buried it in the corner."

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
The New England Revolution put an end to their losing streak after eight games, rolling to a 3-0 victory against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday evening at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution are in a tie for third place in the Eastern Conference with 26 points from 21 games.

LAST MATCH

  • The Revolution opened the scoring in the 10th minute. Charlie Davies held up the ball in the Rapids penalty area before finding Lee Nguyen cutting across the top of the box. The Revs midfielder shot towards the far post, the attempt finding the foot of defender Drew Moor, and the resulting deflection flew past goalkeeper Clint Irwin.
  • The match turned in the 75th minute. Rapids defender Thomas Piermayr picked up his second booking of the match from referee Juan Guzman after a hard challenge, giving the Revolution a free kick from the top of the area. Nguyen buried his attempt with a bending blast into the top corner for a 2-0 lead.
  • Three minutes later, the Revs iced the victory when Rowe received a through ball from Nguyen, dribbled into the box and snapped a high shot past Irwin for his first goal of the season.
  • Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made two changes to the team that fell 2-1 to the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium. Kevin Alston came in at left back in place of Chris Tierney, and Charlie Davies started up top instead of Patrick Mullins.
  • NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-1-4-1): Bobby Shuttleworth - Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, A.J. Soares, Kevin Alston - Scott Caldwell - Teal Bunbury, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe (Daigo Kobayashi 84), Diego Fagundez (Steve Neumann 72) - Charlie Davies (Patrick Mullins 62).

TEAM NEWS

  • "The Revolution put an end to their losing streak after eight games, their first victory in league play since May 24, a 2-1 win vs. D.C. United. The streak was one loss shy of the Revolution club record, set in both 1997 and '98; it's the longest losing slide in MLS since Toronto FC lost nine games in a row at the start of the 2012 season.
  • "You definitely felt the pressure building, not only in games, but every day. Every time we came into training you could feel the emotions and I think it was weighing on everybody," said forward Charlie Davies. "We had to stay positive and stick together and tonight was huge for us to kind of get back on the saddle and hopefully play like we did in the beginning of the season."
  • The Revolution kept a clean sheet for the first time since May 11, when they rolled to a 5-0 win vs. Seattle Sounders FC at Gillette Stadium.
  • "I think it was a complete defensive performance. Everyone was locked in and I think we?ve had a couple of those games with one mistake here, one mistake there, that really causes a problem. But I think everyone was spot on in how they approached the game defensively," said Revolution head coach Jay Heaps.
  • The Revs also hit for multiple goals for the first time since their last win. Over their eight-game losing run, they scored just four goals.
  • Lee Nguyen scored two goals in a game for the second time in his MLS career, also netting a brace May 12, 2012 against Vancouver. Nguyen was also involved in three goals in that game vs. Vancouver (2 goals, 1 assist), just as vs. Colorado.
  • "Lee is for me one of the best players in his position in the league. I think when he's playing well, he's leading the attack in the other team's half. He's not dropping back too deep. He's getting the ball in advanced positions and he's running at teams because he has that innate ability to find the open guy or take the shot himself," Heaps said. "He set up Kelyn (Rowe) perfectly. I don't think Kelyn knew the ball was there. Next thing it was on his foot and Kelyn did a great job finishing."
  • Kelyn Rowe scored his first goal of the season, his first since last Sept. 14 when he netted the last of his seven goals for the season. Rowe did score in the U.S. Open Cup fifth-round victory vs. Rochester.
  • "We need Kelyn (Rowe). Kelyn had that tough hamstring injury and he's fought hard to get back," Heaps said. "Kelyn, to me, has all the talent in the world and when he's playing well he's almost unstoppable and we need him to be a good team. I'm happy to have him back."
  • Chris Tierney missed the match after being forced off early in the first half of the Columbus loss with a knee injury. Kevin Alston made his start since May 3, when he had to come off through injury after just 35 minutes.
  • "We had a tough stretch of some key injuries and we're still kind of in that. We have a couple players out with injuries," Heaps said. "I was really happy that Kevin (Alston) was able to go tonight. He shows what he can do. No one can get by him. His pace is unmatched in this league and when he's on his game, Kevin is one of the best backs in the league."
  • Charlie Davies made his second start in the last three matches, his first starts of the season, and recorded a point for the first time this year.
  • "As a striker, you just want to be up top and sometimes you wish you had somebody a little bit closer to you, but Kelyn (Rowe) was right under me, every single time I had an option. Lee (Nguyen) was underneath me, so it worked out," Davies said. "Now, I think it's just getting into a rhythm. I think we're going to be very dangerous."