The New England Revolution appear to have finally made the adjustments they have needed, despite losing 2-1 on Friday night against the New York Red Bulls. The loss for New England comes with a bit of promise, as New England looked threatening throughout the game and scored in the run of play for the first time in 601 minutes of play.
New England midfielder Chris Tierney praised his team's improved attacking play following the game, “I think a bunch of guys performed pretty well tonight. When Kenny (Mansally) came on that was a game changer, and us playing with two forwards at end I think we looked pretty dangerous,” said Tierney.
New England came out with their typical 4-5-1 formation to start the game. After halftime, New England coach Steve Nicol changed the Revolution's formation to a 4-4-2. This change helped create big spells of attacking play for New England, something that hasn't been seen in recent games for the Revolution.
After the formation change New England almost caught a needed break on a few occasions.
Substitute Kenny Mansally was very active and had a wonderful breakaway chance on goal in the 72nd minute, but he could not fully connect with his left foot to put it past Red Bull keeper Sutton. Rajko Lekic thought he had the equalizer late in the 87th minute, but his goal was ruled off-sides.
Tierney seemed pretty optimistic going forward, “We had some good hold up play and got some balls wide and created chances. It’s getting old to say, but were on the right track and we have to stay positive.”
The Revolution were a bit unlucky to walk away without any points against the Red Bulls.
In the 34th minute, midfielder Shalrie Joesph had a PK saved by Red Bulls keeper Greg Sutton.
“The penalty hurts, it would have changed the game, but it happens.” said New England midfielder Pat Phelan.
The missed penalty seemed to be discouraging for New England going into halftime, but Phelan thought otherwise, “I think coming out for the second half, we were feeling good. They got hat early goal, and we did well to come back after that and put them on their heels. We just ran out of gas.”
New England has a short week ahead as they have a home match up with Toronto FC on Wednesday followed by another home game against Chicago next Saturday.
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