FOXBOROUGH — Make no mistake about it, Revolution fandom: getting a result against one of your oldest rivals in Major League Soccer is a great thing.
For the first time in over a season-plus — New England had lost its last four against its guests at Gillette, the New York Red Bulls, Saturday night, including a game in the US Open Cup in '17 — the Revs came up with a massive three points. You have to admit it whether you want to or not: the Red Bulls are a talented side, have been for the last few years, and after Bradley Wright-Phillips found the back of the net in the eighth minute, many figured it was going to be one of those nights for The Boys In Blue.
But a little something strange happened along Route 1: the Revs defense stymied the Energy Drinks the rest of the way, and New York only managed to get another three shots on goal, with Matt Turner stopping all three.
On the flip side of the equation, New England amped up the offensive energy, and finally managed to beat Red Bulls keeper Ryan Meara as Diego Fagundez broke a two-month scoring drought with a dagger from distance to end the first half of play level at 1-up.
Yet even before Teal Bunbury — he of the eight goals in his last 11 matches, and of the 25 goals as a Revolution player to tie him with Clint Dempsey (remember him?) for 10th in New England’s all-time scoring ledgers Bunburys — managed to slide and knock home Cristian Penilla’s cross (and seriously, what great build-up to the goal, with Luis Caicedo winning the ball and practically lobbing it to Penilla on the other side), the Revolution had plenty of opportunities to make it 2-1.
Or yes, even 4-1.
And no, we’re not talking about the ignored shouts for penalties, the second of which drawn by Krisztian Nemeth earning a solid “VAR” chant from a majority of the 21,576 here at The House That Brady Built (although scoring from the spot would have been nifty, too).
No, we’re talking about the series of opportunities that the top half of the Revs attack had between the hour mark and a few minutes before Bunbury scored, but for some head-scratching reason