Red Bulls congratulate Omid Fernandez on his first-half goal. (Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — When the Red Bulls reconvene at training this week, they might want to look at how to defend goal kicks.
That’s because the New England Revolution’s equalizing goal started with a pass from keeper Matt Turner. Throughout the subsequent passing sequence, the Revs brought the ball down the field as though it was a training drill and not an MLS game.
Gustavo Bou did the honors, scoring what proved to be the tying score in a 1-1 tie at Gillette Stadium Saturday night.
It was another frustrating night for the Red Bulls’ attack as their forwards continued to struggle to find the net, extended their scoreless streak to an incredible eight games.
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The Red Bulls (3-3-2, 11 points) played the final three minutes of stoppage time with a man disadvantage after center back Tim Parker was given his marching orders for kicking Tajon Buchanan in his mid-section.
During the final minutes of regulation and injury time, the Revs (2-1-5, 11) just about held siege on the New York goal with possession and shots. Ryan Meara made sure the visitors left the stadium with a point by either snaring everything that was sent his way or knocking it out of harm’s way.
New York head coach Chris Armas decided to shake up his Starting XI by sitting down regular center back Aaron Long for Amro Tarek. Long did make an appearance, replacing Ben Mines in the 75th minute.
The Red Bulls drew first blood in the 35th minute when Omid Fernandez struck on a nicely played give-and-go with Ben Mines. After taking a throw-in on the left side, Fernandez dribbled toward the middle before slotting a short pass to Mines. He returned the favor to Fernandez, who slotted the ball past goalkeeper Matt Turner from 10 yards.
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The lead, however, was short-lived as the Revs equalized behind Bou only six minutes later. If you want to get technical, the goal looked something out of a practice session as New England waltzed down the field on a scoring sequence as the Red Bulls failed to get close to touching the ball.
Turner started it with a goal kick. At midfield, Teal Bunbury sprung Cristian Penilla on the right side, and he motored in on keeper Ryan Meara on the right flank. About 10 yards out, he sent a diagonal pass to Bou, who rifled a four-yard shot into the net.
Revs head coach Bruce Arena was forced to watch from a sky box as he served the second game of a three-match suspension.