New York Red Bulls suffer late collapse in 3-2 loss to New England Revolution

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A five-goal thriller saw the New York Red Bulls suffer a late collapse in 3-2 loss to New England. Wikelman Carmona got his first career MLS goal with a left-footed blast in the first half. While New York held the advantage into the second half, New England slowly but surely eased their way back into the contest.

Gustavo Bou powered one past Coronel for a “pick-that-out” brilliant equalizer. Fabio immediately struck back for New York to give them a 2-1 lead. However, goals by Brandon Bye and Adam Buksa gave the league-leaders their 11th win of the year.

Team News

New York only made one change to the team that lost to DC United. Wikelman Carmona made his fifth start of the season, as he slotted in at midfield in place of Dru Yearwood. The rest of the team went unchanged. Fabio and Patryk Klimala once again led the line, while John Tolkin started on his 19th birthday. 

New England made a number of changes due to squad rotation. In defense, DeJuan Jones started at left-back in place of Christian Mafia, and A.J DeLaGarza partnered with Andrew Farrell at center back. Tommy McNamara earned the nod over Wilfrid Kaptoum in midfield. And, in attack, Carles Gil, Gustavo Bou and Adam Buksa were slotted up top. 

RBNY Lineup (4-4-2 Diamond): Carlos Coronel; John Tolkin, Amro Tarek, Tom Edwards, Kyle Duncan; (C) Sean Davis, Cristian Casseres Jr, Wikelman Carmona, Caden Clark; Fabio, Patryk Klimala

Revolution Lineup (4-4-2 Diamond): Brad Knighton; DeJuan Jones, A.J DeLaGarza, Andrew Farrell, Brandon Bye; Matt Polster, Arnor Traustason, Tommy McNamara, (C) Carles Gil; Adam Buksa, Gustavo Bou

First Half: Wikelman Carmona scores his first career MLS goal

Inside nine minutes, New York kicked off the scoring in tremendous style. Wiki Carmona took the pass from Duncan just outside the box, turned to his left and struck a gorgeous left-footed rocket past Knighton to give the Red Bulls the lead. It’s the 19-year-old’s first MLS goal, and one he’ll never forget. 

New England started to find their footing a bit as Buksa hit the post from inside the box. The follow up was saved by Coronel. Casseres went into the book for the game’s first yellow card. Andrew Farrell also was yellow carded later for dissent. 

New York resorted to shots outside the box as they created space going forward. New England nearly equalized yet again but the header went off the crossbar. Both teams had two shots on target, while it was also a chippy first half with thirteen fouls. 

Second Half: New England score three to stun the Red Bulls

New York made its first substitution with Tom Barlow replacing Patryk Klimala. New England equalized in the 60-minute, with Gustavo Bou picking up the ball just outside the box and lashing a strike past Coronel in off the post. It was a sensational goal to make it now 10 goals on the season for the Argentine. Dru Yearwood replaced goal-scorer Carmona afterward.

But just two minutes after, Fabio slipped past his defender and got a slight touch to brush the ball past Knighton and grab his third goal of the campaign and give the Red Bulls the lead again. New England looked to equalize yet again 10 minutes later but the flag went up for offside to the delight of the crowd. The Revolution made a double switch: Teal Bunbury and Wilfrid Kaptoum for McNamara and Traustason, respectively. Florian Valot came on for New York in place of Caden Clark.

New England pressed and pressed and eventually got an equalizer in the 85th minute. Brandon Bye rose highest to head a free kick past Coronel for just his second goal of the year. The Revolution did one better and took the lead late in the 91st minute with Adam Buksa slotting one home to give New England their first lead of the match. New England held on for one of their best wins of the year.

Last words on New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution

What a gut punch.

As if the loss to DC United was bad, this one might take the cake. To take the lead twice and then suffer a late collapse such as that is going to sting. For long periods of the match the Red Bulls showed they could hang and deserved a point at the most. However, when you blow a one-goal lead twice and lose three important points, you probably don’t deserve anything.

Make that now winless in four, two straight losses with two draws in which New York led and coughed up leads. They’re a young team, but this one will hurt. The Red Bulls are also five points out of the last playoff spot. And so now Gerhard Struber will need to pick his players up as August comes, and they’ll be home to FC Cincinnati on Wednesday. And after previous results, this game is as important as any the rest of the way.

New England simply did what the best team in the league does, and that’s win. To come back twice and win is a feather in the cap of this club and cements the Revolution as the team to beat in all of Major League Soccer for the Supporters Shield. They’re the best road team in the league, and showed it once again tonight. Bruce Arena’s team led from the front with Bou leading the comeback charge.

If Carles Gil doesn’t shine as he didn’t in this game, there’s Bou and Buksa to pick up the slack. Nobody can touch this team at the moment, four straight victories, most goals scored in the league, most wins with eleven and boast the MVP in their ranks. They host Nashville, one of the few teams to beat them, up next.

 

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