Harrison, NJ—The New England Revolution found a way to keep winning streak alive Saturday night, scoring twice in the final 10 minutes to beat the New York Red Bulls 3-2 at Red Bull Arena In Harrison, New Jersey.
Wikelman Carmona gave the NYRB (5-7-3) a 1-0 advantage in the eighth minute, assisted by Kyle Duncan. Bou tied the game for New England (11-3-3) in the 60th minute, assisted by DeJuan Jones.
Gustavo Bou scored once and the New England Revolution secured a 3-2 win over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday.
Carmona and Fábio put the home team ahead with early goals but gave up successive backline breakdowns to Gustavo Bou, Brandon Bye, and Adam Buksa in the second half of the game.
“It’s not easy to find the right words for this result. It’s very painful,” said Red Bulls Manager Gerhard Struber in what was a dejected post-game press conference.
Early in the game there were active attacking from both sides before Carmona turned on the New England midfield to smash a 30 yard shot past goalkeeper Brad Knighton to put NYRB ahead in the 8th minute.
In the second half the Revolution made some adjustments, Bou gathered a centered ball and was able to rocketed past Carlos Coronel to tie it for New England in the 60th minute. But NYRB responded two minutes later, with Fábio jumping on a clever Caden Clark flick to scuff a finish past Knighton for his third goal of the season.
In explaining the now-9th place NYRB slide in the Eastern Conference, Struber pointed to the team’s injuries and difficult schedule including Saturday’s third game against first place Revolutions, but expressed confidence in his team and his own talents to turn this around.
“On the mental side, it’s currently a big challenge, but we have to change our feeling on Wednesday against Cincinnati. I know from my own experiences at past jobs that I can get these boys back in a winning way.”
New England completed their comeback in the second half, with Buksa scoring in the 91st minute. The striker was slipped through by Gil’s shot/pass attempt, then saw his persistence pay off.
Paired with A.J. DeLaGarza in central defense, Andrew Farrell logged 13 clearances in the win, the third most by any MLS player in a game this season. Farrell continued ascending the Revolution’s record book as well, tying Matt Reis for the second-most games started in club history with 253.
Farrell will tie Shalrie Joseph for the Revolution’s all-time record of 254 regular season starts with his next selection to the starting lineup. He is also six appearances away from passing Joseph to set a new club mark for most games played.
In the net, Knighton improved his record as the Revolution’s starter to 4-1-0 this season with his career-best fourth straight victory.
Carlos Miguel Coronel had one save for the Red Bulls.
“It was really encouraging to control 80-85-90 percent of the game against a top team like New England, but we know in this league, this conference, that’s not good enough.” Struber said.
- 8′ – RBNY – Wikelman Carmona
- 60′ – NE – Gustavo Bou
- 63′ – RBNY – Fabio
- 84′ – NE – Brandon Bye
- 90’+1′ – NE – Adam Buksa
Both teams next play Wednesday. The Revolution will play Nashville and the Red Bulls host Cincinnati.