BWP Sweet 16 Lifts Red Bulls Past Revolution

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

HARRISON, N.J. – Bradley Wright-Phillips’ 16th goal of the season powered New York Red Bulls past the New England Revolution on Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena.

The win extends New York’s unbeaten streak to eight games and draws them even on points with the Philadelphia Union for third place in the Eastern Conference.

“We had a lot of good performances tonight,” said Marsch postgame. “We did feel like, after a good performance in the first half, we could come out and just stay focused and concentrated on the task.”

The first half was sheer domination by New York. They had over 60% possession and took ten shots. Despite this impressive performance they were unable to find the go ahead goal. Sacha Kljestan was seemingly all over the pitch, connecting with Wright-Phillips and Grella on some of the team’s most dangerous opportunities. A freekick chance by Felipe also brought the fans at Red Bull Arena to their feet but goalkeeper Brad Knighton was more than up to the task.

The second half started better for the Revolution as a formation shake-up saw them hold the ball more effectively. The positive momentum didn’t last as New York scored the game’s opening goal in the 55th minute. Kemar Lawrence stripped the ball from a New England player in their own half to start the counter. Sacha Kljestan found the foot of Alex Muyl who’s chance was saved by Knighton. However, the rebound found Wright-Phillips for his 16th goal of the season.

The game wasn’t without moments of concern. Luis Robles, who has made 132 straight MLS appearances for the club, seemed to have injured his knee after a collision at the top of the box during stoppage time. The team’s star goalkeeper finished the game, securing the shutout.

Next week, New York travels to Vancouver to play the Whitecaps and hope to turn around their dismal 2016 road form.


STARTING XI:

New York Red Bulls: Robles; Duvall, Zubar, Collin, Lawrence; Felipe, Davis; Grella (’64 Damari), Muyl (’83 Royer), Kljestan; Wright-Phillips (’89 Veron)

New England Revolution: Knighton; Farrell, Watson, Goncalves, Tierney (’82 Daigo); Caldwell (’71 Agudelo), Koffie; Row, Bunbury (’60 Fagundez), Nguyen; Kamara

GOALS:

’55 (RBNY) Bradley Wright-Phillips (16) unassisted

DISCIPLINE:

’71 (Revolution) YELLOW CARD Gershon Koffie
’85 (Revolution) YELLOW CARD Kelyn Rowe
’90 (RBNY) YELLOW CARD Gonzalo Veron


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  • Bird man

    The east conference is a cake walk, the only real contenders in the east are:
    Red bull
    Tfc
    Philadelphia
    Outside looking in nycfc

    MLS cup= galaxy vs tfc or Philadelphia
    Sorry red bull and nycfc

    • Andrew Bissonette

      LOL You do realize that the East and West are practically even head-to-head this season, right? There are still 11 games to be played between the conferences too.

      East – 27 Wins
      West – 33 Wins
      Draws – 29

      As for the MLS Cup matchup/Playoffs. I will agree that there aren’t a ton of contenders in the East, but I would include the top 5 teams(TFC, NYCFC, NYRB, PHI, and MTL).

      Personally, I think NYRB and PHI are the best two teams in the East, but I don’t see both teams making it to the East Finals. .

      In the West, there is no way the Galaxy are making it through. They have too much trouble winning at home and they aren’t going to even have any type of home field advantage. Too many teams for them to climb through.

      My personal matchup that I see happening in the Final is Toronto hosting Colorado.

      • MTF

        Very good points…but wonder how Toronto copes with losing Giovinco for the next four weeks. Arguably better that he goes down now, rather than 4-6 weeks from now, but I think they’ve started to have eyes for the Supporter’s Shield or at least first in the Eastern Conference. If Toronto falters over the next few matches I can see the Red Bulls moving into first.

        • Eric B

          oh you finally left a comment for your own team effin JERKOFF

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  • Eric B

    oh wowowowoww what a powerhouse of a team and their plastic fans


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