(HARRISON, NJ) – The New York Red Bulls extended their current unbeaten run to 11 in all competitions with a gut check 1-0 result over the New England Revolution. New York started the game with veracity and earned a number of chances throughout the first 45 minutes but was not able to find the back of the net.
Red Bulls Extend Unbeaten Streak To 11 With Win Over Revs
Homegrown RBII player turned starter Alex Muyl made the most of his time on the field setting up the game’s only goal in the 55th minute. Sacha Kljestan attempted to put Muyl through on goal but his pass was intercepted by Jose Goncalves. Muyl stayed with the play and stripped Goncalves of the ball before firing a shot at Brad Knighton. Knighton saved but the ball popped out to Bradley Wright-Phillips who volleyed the ball home for his 16th goal of the season.
“Yeah, it’s amazing to me that Brad [Wright-Phillips] doesn’t get discussed more in the MVP race.” said Jesse Marsch after the game. “Obviously, there are some sexy names out there, in terms of great players in our league and guys that are having good years, but especially, again, if you look after the first seven games, if you look at the way Brad’s played for the last 20 games, I don’t think there’s been anyone in the league that’s been better.”
New England was unable to take control of the game in the second half. They managed just two shots on goal for the game. The Revs are now winless in their last six, with very few answers of how to right the ship. Jay Heaps still reflected a positive message after the game, despite the obvious frustrations.
“Well, it’s continue to work at it. I think we’re trying to — it’s a little bit different look, and players are in a little bit different positions. I think we had six offsides on crossed balls. I feel like we need to be in better positions, better runs, tandem runs where it’s two strikers if we’re going to play the system, two strikers get on the same page and make runs that are different but in tandem, that are different, give different looks to the defense”
The Red Bulls will use the week to evaluate Luis Robles who took a knock in extra time. Zubar challenged a ball into Juan Agudelo at the top of the box. Robles charged to collect the ball in the air and knocked into Zubar. Robles charged and pushed Juan Agudelo erroneously after the whistle which saw both players receive yellow cards.
The Red Bulls will travel to the Pacific Northwest to take on Vancouver Whitecaps. The Red Bulls are looking for the second road win of the season. The Whitecaps have not won at home since July 13th. If every there was a time for NY to break the road slump, now is their chance. New York are currently in third place in the East.