FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New York Red Bulls extended their unbeaten run to five matches with a 1-1 draw at the New England Revolution on Saturday night.
Diego Fagundez opened the scoring for the Revolution from close range after 54 minutes, but the lead stood for less than a minute. Lloyd Sam grabbed a rare point for the Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium when he deposited his shot inside the far post seconds later.
Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles kicked away Fagundez's late effort to send his side away from Gillette Stadium with its second consecutive draw at the venue. New England, meanwhile, extended its winless streak to three matches with the stalemate.
The two teams combined to generate just one shot on goal during a first half played mostly in the middle third. Fagundez and Ryan Guy both went close for the Revs in the early stages of this affair, but the only genuine opportunity of the first half came through Dimitry Imbongo seven minutes before the break.
Imbongo offered ample industry in his first start of the season. His graft eventually carved out a chance from a Chris Tierney longball. The burly forward corralled the lob and lumbered toward goal. He eventually fired a low drive to Luis Robles' left side, but the Red Bulls goalkeeper snagged the shot to send both teams into halftime on level terms.
New York coach Mike Petke injected Juninho into the proceedings at the interval, but the Revolution eventually opened the scoring through Fagundez nine minutes after play resumed.
Tierney curled an enticing corner kick into the near post. Fagundez inserted himself into the proper area and smacked a first-time effort toward goal. Kosuke Kimura cleared off the line, but he left an inviting rebound inside the goal area. Fagundez reacted quickly to sweep home his second goal of the season.
Sam conjured up a response moments later to restore parity. The ball eventually found its way to Andre Akpan from a Red Bulls throw-in and the former Harvard man played a neat diagonal ball to Sam's feet inside the penalty area. The ex-Leeds United man collected deftly and placed his effort inside the far post to produce an immediate response.
Fagundez nearly grabbed his second 10 minutes from time after good work from the Revs on the edge of the penalty area. The ball swung from the middle out to Tierney on the left side. Tierney's low service picked out Fagundez's run just outside the goal area, but Robles repelled Fagundez's first-time effort to ensure his side left Gillette Stadium with a share of the spoils.
MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match
|Rank||Player||What We Saw|
|1||Diego Fagundez||Not only did he have the Revs' goal, he was the most dangerous attacking player on both teams all night|
|2||Fabian Espindola||Worked hard all night, and provided NY with focal point in attack. Tried to set up his teammates as well|
|3||Luis Robles||Didn't have a ton of work to do in this game, but had two key saves to preserve the draw|