The New York Red Bulls beat the New England Revolution to advance to the semifinals of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Here are 7 Things We Learned following the game...
First for BWP
Despite Bradley Wright-Phillips' notorious scoring prowess, his 87th minute goal against the Revolution was his first goal in Open Cup games.
BWP now has 87 goals across all competitions, with 78 coming in regular season MLS play, seven in MLS playoff games and one in CONCACAF Champions League.
Two in NE
For the second time in as many weeks, New York won away against the Revolution.
Now, it wasn't Gillette Stadium another time, but the Red Bulls have historically struggled playing in New England.
New York had just won five regular season MLS games at New England before topping them, 3-2 at Gillette Stadium on July 5 and adding a 1-0 Open Cup win on July 13.
Felipe assisted the game-winning goal for the second time in two games for New York.
The Brazilian midfielder slipped a through ball to Gonzalo Veron, who slid one home, for the 3-2 win at New England the week previous.
A similar, albeit shorter, pass made it's way to BWP's feet for the eventual winner in the 1-0 win, as well.
Ryan Meara posted his second Open Cup shutout this season and fourth Open Cup shutout of his career.
In three Open Cup games this year, Meara has only allowed one goal. He also made a critical save during penalty kicks against the Philadelphia Union to help the Red Bulls advance.
New York's opponent in the Open Cup semifinals is still up in the air.
The game between Miami FC and FC Cincinnati was rained out and has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 2.
The winner of that game determines the next possible date for the Open Cup semis. Should Miami FC advance, they would welcome the Red Bulls on Aug. 9. If FC Cincinnati prevails, however, they take on New York in the Queen City on Aug. 15.
The Red Bulls next play the San Jose Earthquakes one of the
4 5 teams remaining in the Open Cup.
As the Red Bulls will finally break the streak of playing just three teams over their last six games, it's possible that they will face San Jose for a second time if both advance to the Open Cup finals.
Vincent Bezecourt was added to New York's roster on a short term loan.
The Frenchman made his first gameday roster with the first team after logging two seasons with the Red Bulls' USL affiliate, New York Red Bulls II.