Foxborough, Mass. — The New England Revolution tied the New York Red Bulls, 1–1, at an empty Gillette Stadium Saturday night, rallying for a tie after a sloppy start saw them concede the game’s first goal.
“I’m disappointed, and I know the players are disappointed,” Assistant coach Richie Williams, who sat on the sideline Saturday with head coach/sporting director Bruce Arena serving the third of his three-game suspension, said.
“We expect more at home and I think we played well enough to get the three points. We didn’t lose, again, but it’s another draw and we definitely need to be winning these games.”
New England (2-1-5, 11 points) lacked precision in the final third in the first half hour. Meanwhile, New York, which created the game’s first two chances, capitalized in the 35th minute.
Benjamin Mines slipped Omir Fernandez in alone, just outside the six-yard box. Fernandez finished easily inside the right post and past Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner.
New York (3-3-2, 11 points) also threatened in the fourth minute, with Tom Barlow forcing a kick save from Turner at the far post, then Mines headed over the crossbar off Kaku’s 29th minute crossing before Fernandez converted.
Revolution recover after falling behind
The Revolution responded promptly after conceding.
First, Adam Buksa’s glanced a header from Brandon Bye’s right footed-cross off the body of an unsure Ryan Meara in the 37th minute.
Five minutes later, the hosts equalized. The play started with Cristian Penilla sending Teal Bunbury in behind on the right flank. Bunbury raised his head and played the ball to the opposite flank, where Gustavo Bou arrived to nestle an easy feed into the back of the net for the tying score. It was his third goal of the season.
“It’s confidence from myself and my teammates,” Bou said of his team-leading third goal of the season. “Teal did what teammates are supposed to do: He played the player in the best position, and he made a great pass that gave me a 99-percent chance to score.
“I feel good because I scored in my last match, and I’m happy to score a goal tonight, but ultimately we wanted three points at home.”
— New England Revolution (@NERevolution) August 30, 2020
Revolution adjust tactics in second half
New England and New York battled for possession in the second half. However, the hosts had the edge in quality scoring chances.
Bunbury shot high on Bou’s layoff from the center of the box (48th) and slid Bye’s cross from the right flank wide of goal (59th) before Bou hit the post with a drive from outside the box following a Revolution corner.
Williams withdrew Matt Polster and Adam Buksa for Tommy McNamara and Kelyn Rowe in the 72nd minute.
Bou then advanced as the lone striker, with McNamara and Diego Fagundez patrolling midfield. However, the tactical switch never produced a decisive goal, even though the Revolution played through stoppage time with a man-advantage after referee Jair Marrufo ejected Tim Parker for inadvertently kicking second half substitute Tajon Buchanan on a clearance near midfield.
The Revolution are now 31–27–16 all-time against the Red Bulls.