Just when it looked like the New England Revolution finally found their footing, the carpet was ripped up from under them.
During the opening 25 minutes of the match, New England appeared to have the upper hand. The players were making good runs and the defense was looking solid. New England even scored a goal in the 18th minute, thanks to great team play from Teal Bunbury and Charlie Davies. The goal from Davies was his first since scoring a hat trick for DC United back in 2011.
Fortune favored the Revolution, especially when New York Red Bulls defender, Matt Miazga, can into a challenge late against Lee Nguyen, rendering him a red card. With New York down a man, all signs pointed to the Revs grabbing their second straight victory.
It did not take long, however, for the Red Bulls to bounce back, as Dax McCarty would score a brilliant goal from outside the 18 yard box, on a beautiful chip. With the score tied at 1-1, New York continued to press the Revs defense, finally, MLS goal scoring leader, Bradley Wright-Phillips, would score an incredible bending goal from inside the 18 yard box, to lift his team to victory.
The collapse from New England is one of the team’s worst of the season. It is one thing to be a goal up on a team, but to be a goal up and a man up, and still end up losing the match….that is a huge lapse in concentration by the Revs.
New England is officially on an All-Star break, and will not return to action until August 16, when the Revs will play the Portland Timbers.
The time off will benefit New England, Jay Heaps, and the entire organization. Changes must be made over the break and bye week. There is talent in New England, but the players need to believe in themselves, as well as each other.
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