Red Bulls Advance to Open Cup Semifinals

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By BRIAN TRUSDELL

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The New York Red Bulls advanced to the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the first time in 14 years, beating the New England Revolution, 1-0, in Boston on Thursday night on Bradley Wright-Phillips’ winner in the 87th minute.

It was the second win in eight days over the Revolution in New England after having won only once in 15 years up I-95. Wright-Phillips’ goal came 12 minutes after Benjamin Angoua was ejected – seemingly for protesting a foul that gave the Red Bulls a free kick just outside the penalty area – and New England was reduced to 10 men.

The Red Bulls will advance to play the winner between United Soccer League side FC Cincinnati and the North American Soccer League’s Miami FC. That quarterfinal was postponed Wednesday night because of lightning and heavy rain in South Florida. A new date has not been scheduled. The semifinals are tentatively set for Aug. 9.

Wright-Phillips’ goal came as he made a diagonal run into the area with Chris Tierney on his back. He had one touch to control and then flicked it with his right foot under a falling Tierney and past Revs goalkeeper Brad Knighton just inside the right post.

Wright-Phillips also drew the foul in the 75th minute that resulted in the free kick and drew howls of protest from the Revs directed at Referee Jorge Gonzalez.

After Angoua was ejected, Sacha Kljestan drove a free kick that was slightly deflected and required goalkeeper Brad Knighton to push it off the underside of the crossbar before the ball was cleared.

New England had the upper hand early, controlling about the first 20 minutes but not generating anything that seriously troubled Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara.

The second part of the first half belonged to New York, which had its best chance in the 41st when Wright-Phillips was able to find in the area to unleash a right-footed drive toward the right post that New England keeper Knighton had to dive to knock away with his left hand.

On a night that saw intermittent rain and a 60-degree temperature at kickoff, neither side generated much that looked dangerous in the second half until Angoua was dismissed.

After Kljestan had his free kick pushed off the crossbar, he had another chance two minutes before Wright-Phillips’ goal, volleying a ball that Knighton had to block at the right post.

Although last week’s victory came at the Revolution’s regular Gillette Stadium home in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday night’s match was played at Jordan Field in Harvard University’s Soldiers Field sports complex.

It was only the second time the two teams had met at Jordan, the other being in 2013 when New England won, 4-2, in a fourth-round U.S. Open Cup match.

The Red Bulls had advanced to the quarterfinals three other times since making the 2003 final, beaten by D.C. United in 2006, the Chicago Fire in 2011 and Philadelphia Union in 2015.