The Red Bulls were waiting for their moment, and they thought they had it. Tim Cahill lived up to his dangerous reputation in the box and won a header over Revolution netminder Bobby Shuttleworth that squirted into play and was bounced home by a Joel Lindpere header in the 91st minute.
With a minute left in the four minute extra time, the Ghosts of Gillette resurrected to guide the Revolution to a familiar result. Darius Barnes won an improbable header off of a Ryan Guy cross that beat Bill Gaudette for the tying score. The goal assured that New York would go another year without winning at Foxborough – a record that now spans over 10 years.
As the kids like to say, “That’s so Metro.”
“The thing is that we were a man down, and if they scored in the 80th minute or something then it’s understandable,” a frustrated Joel Lindpere said. “When you score in the 90th minute and you get this air balloon ball in the box and nobody is taking care of it, then it feels bad and in this situation when we know that we haven’t won here in 10 years and they give you a gift of the 3 points and then you just don’t use it.
“It’s like a gift card you throw away. So nothing to do. It’s frustrating. We didn’t lose but it feels like losing.”
New York played well enough to draw, though it was New England that always looked the more inspired of the two sides. Gaudette stood up to a handful of chances presented by the Revolution throughout the first and second half that kept the Red Bulls in the match. Lee Nguyen and Jerry Bengston applied pressure through most of the night, but New York did enough to hold them back.
With the Revolution getting the better of play in the second half, the Red Bulls struggled to find their form. Instead, they upped their physicality (6 yellow cards on the night including two for Connor Lade who was sent off in the 74th minute) and looked for a moment of magic to take control of the match.
Without Henry, that moment seemed lost. It also didn’t help that Rafa Marquez was forced out of he game with tightness in his right hamstring.
When they finally did get a hand of luck to go ahead, a lax defensive effort sunk them as quickly as they took control.
“That kind of stuff happens,” Red Bulls coach Hans Backe said. “Of course when you go one player down and can still match them in a decent way and then of course when you score that late with 10. You can’t get much closer to picking up three points.”
“It’s difficult, my first experience playing on turf,” Cahill said after the match. “Probably we’re just all disappointed we conceded so late. I don’t know where (the referee) got the four minutes extra time from but it was a good game. Tough place to come. What can you do? We went down to 10 men, battled on well and that’s football, I suppose.”
The tie leaves New York 5 pts. behind Sporting KC in third place, and 3 pts. ahead of their nearest rival, DC United.
The Red Bulls head back home this weekend to being a three game home stand. They take on Toronto FC before closing out the season with a game against fellow playoff rival Chicago Fire, Sporting KC and a road derby with the Philadelphia Union.