New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls | MLS Match Preview

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION vs NEW YORK RED BULLS
GILLETTE STADIUM, Foxborough, Mass.
June 8, 2014 (WEEK 14, MLS Game #134)
5 p.m. ET (CSN-NE; MSG)

One of the longest-running rivalries in all of Major League Soccer is renewed on Sunday afternoon when the New England Revolution play host to the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution saw their five-game winning run come to an end last weekend, following a 2-0 defeat by the Montreal Impact. The Red Bulls return to action after having their winless run extended to four games in their last match, a 1-1 draw at Sporting Kansas City.

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REFEREE: Geoff Gamble. SAR (bench): Anthony Vasoli; JAR (opposite): Matthew Nelson; 4th: Robert Sibiga
MLS Career: 27 games; FC/gm: 23.6; Y/gm: 3.1; R: 4; pens: 12

SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: NE: Andy Dorman … NY: Armando, Lloyd Sam, Jamison Olave
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: NE: A.J. Soares … NY: Thierry Henry
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: NE: Jerry Bengtson (HON) … NY: Tim Cahill (AUS); Roy Miller (CRC)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (61 meetings): Revolution 26 wins (3 shootout), 105 goals … Red Bulls 20 wins (2 shootout), 101 goals … Ties 15
AT NEW ENGLAND (29 meetings): Revolution 18 wins (1 shootout), 59 goals … Red Bulls 4 wins (2 shootout), 35 goals … Ties 7
RETURN MATCH: 8/2: New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution, 7 p.m. ET

LAST YEAR (MLS)
4/20: NY 4, NE 1 (McCarty 4; Espindola 8; Henry 82; Steele 89 – own goal 6)
5/11: NE 1, NY 1 (Fagundez 54 – Sam 55)
10/5: NY 2, NE 2 (Espindola 14; Cahill 97+ -- Nguyen 85; Fagundez 91+)

  • New York has not won in New England since 2002. The Revolution have won 13 of 19 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 nine trips to face the Red Bulls. New York had won the four league meetings at Red Bull Arena before the teams reached a 2-2 draw in their last meeting last year, Oct. 5.
  • Coaches record: Jay Heaps vs. NY: P6 W1 L2 T3 … Mike Petke vs. NE: P3 W1 L0 T2

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
The New England Revolution saw their winning streak come to an end after five games, falling 2-0 to the Montreal Impact on Saturday evening at Stade Saputo. The Revolution are in first place in the Eastern Conference with 23 points from 13 games.

LAST MATCH

  • The Impact took the lead in the third minute. Andres Romero played a one-two with Marco Di Vaio outside the area, Romero getting the return pass and racing toward the right post before patiently finishing past Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth from close range.
  • The second goal came in the 38th minute. Issey Nakajima-Farran ran down the left flank unchallenged and powered a shot which bounced off Shuttleworth’s chest and fell for Jack McInerney to tap in an uncontested rebound.
  • Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins was credited with three saves in keeping the clean sheet.
  • Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made one change to the team that defeated D.C. United 2-1 at Gillette Stadium. Kelyn Rowe came into the midfield for Daigo Kobayashi.
  • NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-1-4-1): Bobby Shuttleworth - Andrew Farrell, A.J. Soares, Jose Goncalves, Chris Tierney (Steve Neumann 77) - Andy Dorman - Teal Bunbury, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe (Daigo Kobayashi 62), Diego Fagundez - Patrick Mullins.

TEAM NEWS

  • The Revolution saw their five-game winning streak – their longest in nearly a decade – come to an end in the loss at Montreal. The Revs won a club-record six games in a row April 9-May 14, 2005.
  • “In this league, you can’t give a team anything. Unfortunately we gave quite a bit away to Montreal and they took it,” said Revolution head coach Jay Heaps. “Teams give away things all the time, but sometimes they don’t take advantage. I thought Montreal did an excellent job of taking advantage of our slow start.”
  • Said defender AJ Soares: “We were playing well for a month and a half, and to go somewhere and kind of get beat up is good. It’ll wake everybody up again and remind everyone that we need to do all the dirty parts of the game if we want to be successful moving forward.”
  • The Revolution were shut out at the attacking end for the first time since a 2-0 loss at D.C. United on April 5 – their fourth shutout in the first five games of the season. Since then, the Revs had scored 19 goals in seven matches, going 6-0-1 in that span.
  • “It was one of those nights where every pass was a little bit off. It just didn’t have the same zip to it. To break a team down you got to get things to go your way a little bit, but you got to credit a team when they do a nice job,” said Heaps.
  • Daigo Kobayashi was held out of the starting lineup for the first time since March 22, after starting nine consecutive matches in midfield.
  • Kelyn Rowe made his first start since March 22 after suffering a hamstring injury in that match which kept him off the field for six matches. Rowe had come on as a substitute in each of the last three matches.
  • “They did a good job on our guys,” said Heaps. “They limited space and trapped us a little bit. We didn’t do a good job of solving that trap through the midfield.” Said playmaker Lee Nguyen: “Their midfielders and their center backs did a great job of containing the middle. It was just unfortunate that we went down 2-0, so they were able to compact the box and make it difficult for us.”

NEW YORK RED BULLS
The New York Red Bulls return to action after a weekend off, their winless run now at four matches despite reaching a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City on May 27 at Sporting Park. The Red Bulls sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 15 points from 14 matches on the season.

LAST MATCH

  • After Sporting saw a couple of shots cleared off the line in the early exchanges, they took the lead after just nine minutes. Antonio Dovale took Benny Feilhaber's through ball in traffic, worked his way to a spot just outside the top of the restraining arc and unleashed a left-footed shot that curled into the lower left corner of Luis Robles' goal.
  • The Red Bulls pulled even five minutes after the break. Bradley Wright-Phillips made a run to take Thierry Henry's through ball, drove on goal and placed his shot from right on the edge of the box just under SKC 'keeper Eric Kronberg.
  • Red Bulls boss Mike Petke made two changes to the team that fell 2-1 to the Portland Timbers at Red Bull Arena. Ibrahim Sekagya came into the back four for Armando, and Ruben Bover started on the flank in place of Jonny Steele.
  • NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-4-2): Luis Robles - Chris Duvall, Jamison Olave, Ibrahim Sekagya (Armando 76), Bobby Convey - Lloyd Sam, Dax McCarty, Eric Alexander, Ruben Bover (Peguy Luyindula 57) - Thierry Henry, Bradley Wright-Phillips (Andre Akpan 93+).

TEAM NEWS

  • While the Red Bulls saw their winless run extended, they did put an end to a three-game losing slide, gaining their first point since May 4.
  • The Red Bulls have allowed six goals in the opening 15 minutes of matches, tied for most in MLS with Seattle Sounders FC. They have allowed 11 of their 22 goals in the opening 15 minutes of each half, the most in the league.
  • “I thought it was perhaps our worst start of the season, the first 10-12, maybe even 15 minutes, and we’re a team that’s notorious this year for having bad starts,” Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke said. “We could’ve been down 3-0. We fought through it – didn’t play great in the first half but at least we fought through that and got out ñ and the response in the second from my team, I’m proud of them, they showed some character. But, again, we have to figure out why we start the way we do."
  • Said midfielder Lloyd Sam: “It’s something in the mentality of us, which needs to be fixed. There’s something not right. We can’t start games like that. It’s the mentality and we’ve got to look into it and see what we can do about it, but that was not good enough.”
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his MLS-leading 11th goal of the season in the 1-1 draw at Sporting KC. Wright-Phillips has scored 10 goals over the last seven games, since April 23, with goals in six of those games.
  • Thierry Henry recorded his fifth assist of the season. All five of Henry’s assists this season have come on goals by Wright-Phillips.
  • “As far as the goal goes, that's why you have a Thierry Henry on your team. That's why he makes the money he does. That's why he's been at the level he's at, for that one moment to make that pass,” said Petke. “Credit to Bradley, he finished and then a couple of minutes later had almost the exact same thing to put us ahead.”
  • “Playing with Thierry (Henry), you know you're going to get a chance. That's a good thing for a striker. If you know you're going to get a chance in a game, you just have to concentrate on putting it away,” said Wright-Phillips. “I think I should have had another one but that's how it goes.”
  • Ibrahim Sekagya made his first since April 16, coming back into central defense and playing 76 minutes.
  • Ruben Bover made his first league start of the season, playing 57 minutes on the left of midfield, while Chris Duvall made a second consecutive start in the back four, his first two MLS starts.
  • There will be a severe injury blow to the Red Bulls midfield for the New England match, with Dax McCarty likely ruled out of the game.
  • “Dax took a pretty bad knock to his knee,” said Petke. “He actually made it through the game, played through the pain. We have an MRI on his knee, and the situation looks like a couple of weeks. … If it was probably ever going to happen, it’s the best time to happen with the World Cup break coming.”
  • As always, there is the question of whether Thierry Henry will play at Gillette Stadium. “History does tell that he would usually not play on a surface like New England. There’s always a chance, but as of now we haven’t made any final decisions. ... He’s a guy that’s played 20-something years professionally and coming to MLS, it takes him weeks and weeks to recover after playing on those surfaces,” said Petke. “Plus he has an ailing history with his Achilles. It’s one of those things I said every year: You weigh the game against the season, and what’s more important?”