August 28, 2016
COMING UP SHORT
Revolution edged 1-0 by Red Bulls
HARRISON, NJ--A misfiring attack, and Bradley Wright-Phillips' lightning 55th-minute volley, doomed the New England Revolution to a 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls Sunday at Red Bull Arena.
The Revs (6-12-9, 27 pts), who are winless in their last six games, got just two of their 13 shots through to Red Bulls netminder Luis Robles, who made the saves. Brad Knighton stopped three in goal for New England, but could not do anything with Alex Muyl's scrappy 55th-minute effort but block it to the unguarded Wright-Phillips, who right-footed it into the net from just outside the six-yard box.
Otherwise, Knighton held his own against the fired-up Red Bulls, starting with punching away a dangerous Felipe set piece in the 27th minute. Then, midfielder Sacha Kljestan sent in a shot from an acute angle, but Knighton pushed the attempt away. For much of the match the home team controlled the run of play but was missing the final pass.
The Revolution struggled to find an offensive flow or rhythm, their sporadic threats in the final third tidily and easily handled by the Red Bulls back line.
The game-winner left Wright-Phillips tied, at least temporarily, for the MLS Golden Boot lead with Sebastian Giovinco of Toronto FC and NYC FC's David Villa, who plays later on Sunday. All three have 16 goals.
The Red Bulls (11-9-7, 40) are on a nine-game unbeaten streak, and move into a tie on points with third-place Philadelphia in the MLS East.