Match Recap

MATCH RECAP, pres. by Provident Bank: Red Bulls Drop Four on New England in Victory

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The New York Red Bulls topped the New England Revolution, 4-2, on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.

Goals from Lewis Morgan, Emil Forsberg, Elias Manoel and Cameron Harper helped New York to the three points. Harper and Manoel scored off the bench.

New York is now undefeated at home in 2024, with three victories.

"We controlled the game in our defense behavior most of the time especially with our fast line when we started our pressing and we had a lot of good moments, good ball-winning situations, also in the opponent's half," Head Coach Sandro Schwarz said. "We had some good transition moments, especially in the first 20, 25 minutes, and then we scored, also. I think it was very good. After that, we sometimes lost a little bit of control with the ball in some situations, and with the first attacking situation from New England, they scored after the cross situation. But in the second half, the same picture, we were very good the first 15, 20 minutes. It was very important that we scored again, and yeah, at the end, good reaction after 3-2. You never know what can happen in the last five, or six minutes, but it was then a very good reaction and I'm very happy that two players from the bench came in and they scored."

New York scored the first goal of the night when defender Sean Nealis played a long ball behind New England’s backline, when Morgan ran down the ball and put it into the bottom corner.

Morgan scored his eighth MLS goal of the season, which now ranks fifth in MLS. The midfielder scored his 22nd career MLS goal with New York, which ranks third in franchise history for MLS goals scored by a midfielder. Morgan has now recorded eight goals and three assists in 12 appearances this year. He has now recorded 12 goal involvements, which ranks tied for fifth in MLS. The Scottish winger scored his sixth goal of the season at Red Bull Arena, which is tied for the most through the club’s first five matches at home.

"We had a really good week of training, and we were really focused," Morgan said. "With this game coming in, we had a really good start, scoring so early and then we kind of made it a little difficult on ourselves. But sometimes when you have not been getting the wins, and you finally get the win it’s a little bit harder to get over the line, but we managed to do it tonight."

After giving up the lead, the Red Bulls went back ahead when New England defender Henry Kessler got called for a handball and New York was given a penalty kick. Forsberg put his attempt past the New England keeper to give New York a 2-1 lead.

Forsberg recorded his fourth MLS goal of the season, which is tied for the fifth-most goals scored by a midfielder this season. The Swedish international has six goal contributions in his last eight MLS matches. Forsberg has recorded a goal in back-to-back matches.

New York grabbed the 3-1 lead when defender Noah Eile played a give and go with Wiki Carmona, who sent a low cross across the box, which found the foot of Manoel, who scored. The Red Bulls added their fourth goal in the 93rd minute after Morgan played a ball through to Harper, who found the top right corner of New England’s net.

Manoel scored his second MLS goal of the season and the seventh of his MLS career. The Itapevi, Brazil native tallied his second assist of the season and the eighth of his MLS career. Harper scored his first MLS goal of the season and the fifth of his MLS career.

"It’s really good to come back to win," Manoel said. "There are a lot of good teams that are playing well. It was really important to keep the consistency because even though we had some unfavorable results, in some games we didn’t lose as well. This consistency is going to be really good at the end of the competition."

New York extended their home unbeaten streak to eight matches across all competitions, which is the longest since 2022.

The Red Bulls became the fourth team in franchise history to go unbeaten in their first five home matches to begin a season (2012, 2015, and 2017).

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