July 6, 2016
by Adam Burrows
OFF THEIR GAME
Chances go to waste as Revs fall to NYC
New England Soccer News Contributor
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Frank Lampard scored his third goal of the season off the sixth assists from Tommy McNamara and Andrea Pirlo as visiting NYCFC triumphed by a 1-0 margin over the New England Revolution on a warm Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.
|Revs goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made four saves before being sent off in the final minute of Wednesday's 1-0 loss to New York City FC.
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The loss was the third straight in league play for the Revs (4-7-7, 19 points) while NYCFC (7-5-6, 26 points) extended its winning streak to four and tightened its grip on the top spot in the East.
Bobby Shuttleworth made four saves before being ejected in the final minute of play and New England earned 11 corners, but Lampard’s 58th minute redirection was all the star-studded conference leaders needed to claim the second meeting of the sides after a 1-1 draw at Yankee Stadium in March.
With Gershon Koffie, Juan Agudelo, and Charlie Davies unavailable because of injury, and after squandering a brace from Kei Kamara and 2-0 lead in a disappointing 3-2 loss in Montreal last week, Head Coach Jay Heaps made three changes to the Revolution lineup.
Shuttleworth came back into goal for Brad Knighton, Je-Vaughn Watson spelled Andrew Farrell at right back, and Diego Fagundez replaced Daigo Kobayashi in the midfield.
The first half ended scoreless but not for lack of controversy and opportunity.
Referee David Gantar supplied the controversy, ignoring a legitimate penalty shout from the home side in the eighth minute when NYCFC defender Jefferson Mena upended Kelyn Rowe at the top of the six-yard box causing Rowe’s effort to glance harmlessly off the left post.
Shuttleworth came up with a top-shelf save at full stretch in the 17th minute to deny Ronald Matarrita after a giveaway by Teal Bunbury at the edge of the penalty area.
The woodwork came to New England’s rescue five minutes later when a blast from distance off the gilded foot of David Villa crashed off the crossbar.
It was Villa again moments later at the end of a Jack Harrison-Pirlo combination, turning and firing at the edge of the box, but Shuttleworth was quick to gobble up the Spaniard’s attempt as the Revs ‘keeper went to ground.
Lee Nguyen and Fagundez struggled to find meaningful touches in the Rev attack, but New England was able to produce a pair of golden chances toward the end of the half that went lacking.
At the half-hour mark, Chris Tierney delivered a typical pinpoint cross to the far post, but Bunbury bounced an awkward header over the open net, and five minutes later, Watson, who was aggressive going forward, gained the end line and cut back to an unmarked Kamara, but the Revolution DP skied his half-volley over the bar.
Ten minutes into the second frame, Shuttleworth had to come alertly off his line to thwart McNamara after Villa sprung the Brown alum behind the New England back line.
Three minutes later it was a run by McNamara that broke the deadlock, collecting a looping pass from Pirlo and picking out Lampard, who only needed to redirect with his thigh into the far corner of the net.
In the 64th minute Heaps brought on Kobayashi and Femi Hollinger-Janzen for Scott Caldwell and Bunbury in an effort to turn the tide, but to no avail.
Femi sparked a New England surge and had a chance in the 74th minute off a Tierney delivery but couldn’t get purchase on the cross. With the clock winding down, the rookie bested Jason Hernandez to get his head on a Tierney corner kick but directed wide of the post and then glanced another Tierney cross off-target.
In the last minute of stoppage time, Gantar showed Shuttleworth a red card for denying Khiry Shelton a scoring opportunity to close out a frustrating night in Foxborough.