FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The chances were there for the New England Revolution on Sunday night, but even a 22-shot barrage could not provide the finishes in a 2-0 defeat to the New York Red Bulls.
From Patrick Mullins' blast at the top of the box in the first minute to Diego Fagundez clanking iron near the end of the first half to Kelyn Rowe’s blocked shot inside the penalty area in stoppage time, the Revolution's chances found just about everything but the back of the net. That's a stark difference from the club that was recently lighting up scoreboards across the league.
After a seven-game unbeaten streak in which the club tallied 19 goals, New England has been blanked in back-to-back matches. Additionally, Sunday’s shutout marked the sixth time this season that the Eastern Conference’s top team had been held without a goal, the second highest total in the league behind Houston’s seven.
That will give head coach Jay Heaps and the Revolution an area to focus on during the two-week break from league action for the World Cup.
“We had chances to score goals, and we didn’t,” said coach Jay Heaps. “I think it was a little bit about the final ball, the class inside the area. We had two or three balls go across, we had shooting go right at their goalkeeper. We weren’t good enough, and we’ve got to get better.”
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Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles played a factor in New England's finishing problems, as the New York goalkeeper made 10 saves on the night, even coming up big when his own team created a dangerous opportunity in the 71st minute on an Ibrahim Sekagya clearance attempt that was directed toward the corner of the net.
“It wasn’t our night,” said Fagundez, who had five shots in the match. “We fought, we tried to do everything we could. [We had one] hit the post, a couple of just good chances in the six, and we just couldn’t finish. We were unlucky, but we just have to keep our heads up. This break is going to be tough for us, but when we come back, we have to start where we were.”