Entering New York (technically New Jersey) to play the Red Bulls on Saturday, the Revolution were hot off of consecutive home victories. That momentum would lead them to an early 1-0 lead over NYRB thanks to a Lee Nguyen penalty kick.
— NewEnglandRevolution (@NERevolution) May 27, 2017
With Gershon Koffie making his first start since returning to the MLS, he and Xavier Kouassi showed great control in the midfield for the Revs early on. However, that all changed after half-time. After Je-Vaugh Watson predictably got a yellow card in their first half, the Revolution’s midfield did not look the same.
Suddenly it looked like the New York club had complete control of the match despite being behind 1-0. This was truly shown in the 47th minute when Bradley Wright-Phillips knocked in a back heeled equalizer after some confusion near the net by the Revolution.
The Revolution looked lifeless, and it started in the front. While Kei Kamara was a vampire two weeks ago, he was a zombie this Saturday. The striker was without life and this lead to Juan Agudelo being subbed on for him in the 66th minute. Agudelo, who hadn’t played in a couple of weeks, was brought in to be a spark plug. Unfortunately for New England fans, that was not the case. The Red Bulls would keep control of the match and ultimately score again in the 74th minute off of a Daniel Royer goal on a low cross into the box. The Red Bulls went up 2-1, and would go on to win by the same score.
Falling to 4-4-5 is not what the Revolution had wanted to happen. Considering the level they had been playing at for the last couple of weeks this match came as a bit of a surprise. With Diego Fagundez playing at an insanely high level recently, it looked like the Revs gave the ball to him less, which is concerning. With a match this coming Wednesday against NYCFC in the Bronx, the Revolution are hoping to get back on track and earn their first road win of the season.
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