Gonzalo Veron celebrates his winning goal. (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In recent years, no Red Bull probably has been maligned more than Gonzalo Veron.
The Argentine attacker has fallen short of expectations due to injuries and sub-par performances.
That, however, could be in the past, after the past few games.
As a substitute on June 18 Veron set up both of Bradley Wright-Phillips’ late goals in a 2-0 win at the Philadelphia Union.
On Wednesday night, he came off the bench again, this time for BWP and tallied the game-winning goal in a 3-2 comeback victory over the New England Revolution, a rare win at Gillette Stadium.
“It says a lot that we put him in that game at the end, because we still feel like he’s a guy who can make plays and is an important guy,” Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said. “For him personally, I know he cares about this team so much and for him to make a big play, I think he’s in a good way. It’s a proud moment for him.”
Veron replaced Wright-Phillips in the 83rd minute.
Seven minutes later he was celebrating his first goal of the Major League Soccer season as cracked a 16-yard shot off a Felipe feed from atop the right side of the penalty area past goalkeeper Cody Cropper.
“That’s why the emotions were so high – we know he’s been battling the ups and downs of making that transition,” he said. “Look, we believe in the guy and we know he’s capable of changing the game. What he was able to do tonight, for us, at least, from what we see in practice, he should be able to do that in each and every game that he comes into.”
Veron was unavailable for comment, but captain and midfielder Sacha Kljestan talked about his performance and time with the club.
“If you look at just his statistics based on minutes played, they’re pretty good,” he said. “He’s scored some big goals for us now. Last year in LA he scored a big one for us. We all know he’s a good player. I think he needs to find his way to adapt to the way that we play, and I always hope he gets more chances to play because he’s very talented.”