BSJ Match Report: Revs 2, Red Bulls 1 — New England wears down New York defense in win

(David Silverman/New England Revolution)

FOXBOROUGH — All you need to know about the Revolution’s 2-1 win over New York Red Bulls in quickie form, with BSJ analysis and insight.


New England comes from behind to pot two, and to take three: The resilient Revs (6-4-4, 22 points) fell behind early, but made the onion bag burp with a pair nearly an hour of real time apart. First, it was new papa Diego Fagundez feeling opportunistic as he followed a leading pass by Teal Bunbury and got a lay-off by Krisztian Nemeth; he then drove it across his body and into the net to put the match at level terms with practically the last kick of the first 45. Then, with 12 minutes of regulation time left, Bunbury scored his eighth of the season and 25th as a Revolution player on a Cristian Penilla helper to give the hosts a tremendous three points in the Eastern Conference race.

BWP gets the scoring going early: New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips had the opener only eight minutes into the match, as Vincent Bezecourt came up with a dispossession of Bunbury on a failed corner. But with a pass over to Sean Davis, the New Jersey native crossed into the heart of the penalty area, and BWP rose over Andrew Farrell and grazed it in past a half-frozen Matt Turner.

A smaller midfield does the trick: Revs manager Brad Friedel trotted out a makeshift 4-3-3 formation that utilized three strikers (Krisztian Nemeth, Teal Bunbury, Cristian Penilla) as well as three midfielders in Fagundez, Luis Caicedo, and Kelyn Rowe. Friedel noted the smaller midfield “suited this game, because (New York) try to swarm around the ball.” In addition, Gabriel Somi failed a fitness test (sprained ankle) and was replaced in the back line with Claude Dielna.

Biggest crowd of the season so far: An announced 21,576 filed into Gillette to take in this one on a gorgeous early June night. There were a few empty seats in the lower bowl, for sure, but they definitely went home happy.