New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls | MLS Match Preview
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION vs NEW YORK RED BULLS
GILLETTE STADIUM, Foxborough, Mass.
May 11, 2013 (WEEK 11, MLS Game #98)
7:30 p.m. ET (CSN-NE; MSG)
The New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls meet for the second time this season when their I-95 rivalry moves north to Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening. The Revolution will be looking to increase their 10-year undefeated streak against their southern rivals, coming off a late 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake at home at midweek. The Red Bulls hit the road after winning their fourth match on the trot, a 2-1 top-of-the-table victory against MontrÈal.
REFEREE: Ricardo Salazar. AR1 (bench): Ian Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Jeff Muschik; 4th: Kevin Terry Jr.
MLS Career: 164 games; FC/gm: 26.9; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 48; pens: 58
DISABLED LIST: NE: Kevin Alston
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: NY: Tim Cahill, Juninho
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (59 meetings): Revolution 26 wins (3 shootout), 102 goals Ö Red Bulls 20 wins (2 shootout), 98 goals Ö Ties 13
AT NEW ENGLAND (30 meetings): Revolution 18 wins (1 shootout), 58 goals Ö Red Bulls 4 wins (2 shootout), 34 goals Ö Ties 6
FUTURE MATCH: 10/5: New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution, 7 p.m. ET
- The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Dax McCarty, Fabian Esp"ndola, Thierry Henry and Jonny Steele all hit the back of the net as the Red Bulls strolled to a 4-1 victory, April 20 at Red Bull Arena.
- New York has not won in New England since 2002. The Revolution have won 13 of 18 meetings in league and MLS Cup play since that last New York win.
- The Revolution haven't won in New Jersey since 2007, now winless on their last eight trips to face the Red Bulls. The first four of those were draws; New York has won all four league meetings at Red Bull Arena.
- Coaches record: Jay Heaps vs. NY: P4 W1 L2 D1 Ö Mike Petke vs. NE: P1 W1 L0 D0
LAST MEETING (MLS):
4/20: NY 4, NE 1 (McCarty 4; Espindola 8; Henry 82; Steele 89 ñ own goal 6)
- The Red Bulls took the lead after just four minutes when Dax McCarty brought down a pass from Tim Cahill and placed a low shot just inside the near post from the edge of the penalty area.
- But the Revolution were level just two minutes later, as fullback Brandon Barklage put a header into his own net while defending a set piece.
- Barklage made up for that just another two minutes later, finding Fabian Espindola with a pass from inside his own half on the touchline. Espindola collected the pass, cut inside of A.J. Soares and slipped a ball inside the far post past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.
- The Red Bulls then put the game away with two late goals. In the 82nd minute, Jonny Steele put a nice pass in behind the New England defense for Thierry Henry to race onto before slotting it inside the low far corner.
- Steele then went from provider to scorer a minute from the end of regulation, tapping home from close range for his first goal as a member of the Red Bulls after a low cross from Eric Alexander.
- NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-1-3-2): Luis Robles - Brandon Barklage (Jamison Olave 80), Heath Pearce, Markus Holgersson, Roy Miller - Dax McCarty - Eric Alexander, Tim Cahill (Lloyd Sam 61), Jonny Steele - Fabian Espindola (Andre Akpan 82), Thierry Henry.
- NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-4-2): Bobby Shuttleworth - Andrew Farrell, A.J. Soares (Stephen McCarthy 18), Jose Goncalves, Chris Tierney - Kelyn Rowe, Andy Dorman (Juan Toja 61), Kalifa Cisse, Lee Nguyen - Jerry Bengtson, Diego Fagundez (Saer Sene 61).
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
The New England Revolution went down to defeat for the first time in three games, dropping a late 2-1 decision to Real Salt Lake on Wednesday evening at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 9 points from 9 matches.
- The home side took the lead six minutes after halftime. Kelyn Rowe collected a long ball on the right flank, picked up his head and played an inviting ball toward the top of the penalty area, where Ryan Guy met it first-time and thumped home inside the near post to open the scoring.
- RSL were level in the 77th minute. After the Revs could not clear their lines, Sebastian Velasquez fired a low drive from a sharp angle that New England 'keeper Bobby Shuttleworth dove to save, but Devon Sandoval poked home from close range to restore parity.
- Then in the 89th minute, RSL went ahead. Shuttleworth saved a volley from Kyle Beckerman from a corner kick, but second-half substitute Olmes Garcia poked home the remnants for the eventual game-winner.
- RSL defender Carlos Salcedo then earned a second yellow card as he conceded a penalty in second-half stoppage time, but Nick Rimando saved Saer Sene's spot kick to preserve the victory.
- Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made three changes to the team that played to a scoreless draw with the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field. Andrew Farrell and Chris Tierney came back into the back four for Bilal Duckett and Darrius Barnes, and Scott Caldwell started in the midfield in place of Kalifa Cisse.
- NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-1-4-1): Bobby Shuttleworth - Andrew Farrell, Stephen McCarthy, Jose Goncalves, Chris Tierney - Scott Caldwell - Diego Fagundez (Saer Sene 65), Lee Nguyen (Juan Toja 74), Kelyn Rowe, Ryan Guy - Jerry Bengtson.
- The Revolution had gone 258 minutes between conceding goals ñ the fifth-longest streak in MLS this season ñ before they were beaten twice in the final 13 minutes of the game by RSL.
- "I think we possess the ball well at times and then give it away too easily at times. That starts with me at the back sometimes playing long too often. I just think that once we score a goal we cannot take our foot off the pedal. We have to try to put teams away - especially at home - " said goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.
- With Lee Nguyen off the field, both Jerry Bengtson and Saer Sene looked to take the late penalty. Bengtson usually takes the responsibility for the Honduras national team, while Sene took the penalties for the Revolution last season.
- "Lee Nguyen is our penalty kick taker. We have contests and things like that and the players work on it. So in terms of that, Saer (Sene) was taker last year. He is coming back to form and he has taken a few, obviously, in training," said Heaps. "That's a bad one. Not a bad penalty kick, it's a bad spot to be in the 90th minute. It would have been good to have Lee (Nguyen) in that spot."
- Nguyen had played all but a scant minute this season (coming off in stoppage time April 27 vs. Philadelphia), before coming off for the final 16 minutes against Real.
- "The decision to take Lee (Nguyen) out was because he had a yellow card. He was flirting with getting another one with a couple fouls and we were up 1-0," said Heaps. "So you want to get someone who works hard and we thought that (brining in Juan Toja) was the right decision at the time. Then he gets a yellow and we have another guy with a yellow."
- Sene came on for the final 25 minutes in place of Diego Fagundez, his fifth consecutive match coming off the substitutes' bench.
- "When you bring in subs you want a little bit more energy, a little bit more. It was one of those games where it was tough to find rhythm when you came into the game late," said Heaps. "I think Saer (Sene) and Juan (Toja) were put in there; we want them to give us an uptick. Unfortunately, they never got there real opportunity."
- Andrew Farrell returned to the lineup coming off a knee contusion. Newly acquired striker Juan Agudelo was not able to feature, recovering from a left hamstring strain.
NEW YORK RED BULLS
The New York Red Bulls recorded their fourth consecutive victory, getting a pair of goals from Thierry Henry on their way to a 2-1 top-of-the-table victory against the MontrÈal Impact on Wednesday evening at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls are in a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference with 20 points from 12 matches.
- The Red Bulls opened the scoring with a goal in first-half stoppage time. After seeing an effort from Eric Alexander smash off the woodwork and back into play, Fabian Esp"ndola collected the ball near the end line and played it across to Thierry Henry for an easy finish from close range.
- The eventual winner came through some late magic from Henry. Markus Holgersson flicked on Juninho's corner kick, and the Red Bulls captain soared into the air, connecting superbly on an overhead kick to make it 2-0 in the 88th minute.
- The Impact struck back in added time, Marco Di Vaio pulling a goal back with a low shot inside the near post from the right side of the penalty area, but they could not find a second.
- Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke made three changes to the team that defeated the Columbus Crew 1-0 at Crew Stadium. Kosuke Kimura and Heath Pearce came into the back four for Brandon Barklage and Roy Miller, and Peguy Luyindula started up top in place of Fabian Espindola.
- NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-1-3-2): Luis Robles - Kosuke Kimura, Jamison Olave, Markus Holgersson, Heath Pearce - Tim Cahill - Eric Alexander, Juninho, Jonny Steele (Roy Miller 88) - Peguy Luyindula (Fabian Espindola 25), Thierry Henry (Andre Akpan 90).
- The Red Bulls' four-game winning streak is one away from matching their MLS league record, set four times previously, last April 28-May 19, 2012.
- Thierry Henry hit for multiple goals in a game for this sixth time in 73 career league appearances. He has one hat trick (March 31, 2012 vs, MontrÈal).
- "It was a good goal, don't get me wrong, but at the end of the day we had to score a goal," said Henry of his bicycle kick second. "It was not about how we scored. We needed a goal. ... I've had the opportunity to score some good goals in my career but you kind of think about it at the end of you career, not right now."
- Said Petke: "That's why he is on the field. He still has all that quality and it just takes a moment of magic from him and he had two tonight and that's why he's on the field."
- Center back Markus Holgersson contributed his first career MLS assist, in his second season. A year ago he had three goals in 31 games.
- "I want players to not feel comfortable until they've earned the right to be comfortable. At this moment, Markus has earned the right to be comfortable," said Petke. "He's doing everything we expect of him: He's playing solid defense, making smart decisions with the ball at his feet, starting our attack a lot of the time and he's playing on the left side, where he's not used to. It's a lot to ask of him and we're very happy with where he is right now."
- Said Holgersson: "He wants me to be tough and go up against [opposing] forwards but [also] try to play out. We haven't done it as much the last four games as much as we want to do, but he's telling us to do it. That's one of the keys, to get higher up with the ball and earlier, so we can have better control of the passing game."
- There will be a question in the makeup of the strike pair for the Revolution match. Thierry Henry has never made an appearance on the FieldTurf at Gillette Stadium. "I've got to speak with Mike [Petke]," Henry said. "I've never played there, so we'll see how it is."
- As well, Peguy Luyindula was forced off after 25 minutes vs. Montreal with a left hamstring injury. "For Saturday, it's impossible. It's impossible," said Luyindula,