BSJ Match Report: Red Bulls 2, Revolution 0 — More marking issues doom Revs to third straight loss

All you need to know about the Revolution’s 2-0 loss to New York Red Bulls Saturday night in quickie form, complete with BSJ quickie analysis and insight.


Third straight loss for Revolution: A pattern is developing, and it’s not a good one, folks. For the third consecutive matchup, New England earns no points and is now on a four-match winless streak thanks to a 2-0 loss to New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena, where the Revs are now 0-9-1 in 10 regular-season visits to this Garden State House of Horrors. The loss evens the Revolution up at 7-7-7 on the season.

Poor marking, bad foul leads to both Red Bulls goals: The match had been all square, but New York started to get a better foothold in it around the hour mark and had the Revs on the back foot for the last half an hour. In the 68th minute, a foul by Claude Dielna yields a free kick out on the flank, and the resulting service sees Daniel Royer slide past an unknowing Andrew Farrell as Matt Turner is charging out to make a play, and Royer taps it in for the first goal. 11 minutes more elapsed before a nice service by Kaku sees Bradley Wright-Phillips shake Jalil Anibaba away and head it in beyond Turner’s dive.

Two chances mark first half: New York’s Aaron Long had an early chance to score off a corner kick, with his header clanging off the crossbar and getting up and over. It wasn’t until the 36th minute when the Revs had their first real solid chance on goal, as Diego Fagundez fed Teal Bunbury with a cross near the end line. But Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles was there to deny, keeping the match scoreless at intermission. It was a pretty good first half, with the Revs defending holding its own. But New York was, too.


A poor Cristian Penilla giveaway over on the flank leads to a charge by the Scarlet Steers, and Luis Caicedo has to make a professional foul to slow them down in attack. Caicedo gets booked for it. The resulting free kick sees a scramble, and Wright-Phillips is eventually flagged for offside. There is one more real chance before the goal, so it was coming.


Juan Agudelo: I like what the big man tried to do; he had a couple of attempts in the first half, and his tracking back defensively in the first half an hour really gave New York fits. But once New York got a firm hold on the match, there was hardly any way for him to assert himself. I’m only putting him up for the first half an hour. Hard to justify it in the second half, but the entirety of the Revs’ offense was poor in the last half an hour.


Claude Dielna: A poor tackle out on the flank leads to the only goal New York needed. More in the Take That Sweens May Regret.

Andrew Farrell: I hate to do it, given he has really played well over the course of the past month-plus, and for a good portion of Saturday -- he had a wonderful tackle in the 35th minute that started a wonderful counterattack, and a great pass to Fagundez to start the only threat for the Revs -- but the defending on the move by Royer, slipping past him without a care in the world, was not solid by the New England right back. And by his reaction, he knew it, too.


If the play of Dielna over the last seven days and with Gabriel Somi not playing well since April doesn’t lead Revolution general manager Michael Burns to get a left back or two into this squad during the bye week, there’s something wrong here. Left back is the thinnest position in this club, that much is clear to me. Work the damn phones.


“I think we played a good 75 percent of the game, but that won’t cut it. To be honest, we put everything we had into it physically, but we weren’t quite as sharp as we needed to be.” -- Jalil Anibaba


One more road game on this quickie swing, but it’s not for another two weeks. The Revs have a bye week next weekend, and will return to action on Saturday, Aug. 4 down in the Sunshine State against Orlando City SC.