New England Revolution Lose To New York Red Bulls, Knocked Out Of Open Cup
The New England Revolution have been knocked out of the Open Cup.
Their Open Cup run ended with a 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls at Harvard’s Jordan Field on Thursday night.
The match was a close affair with a 0-0 tie heading into the 87th minute when Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the game-winner for the Red Bulls.
New England’s best scoring opportunity came in the second half with Teal Bunbury smoking a shot after beating a Red Bull defender down the right side but he failed to find the far post and went wide of the net.
Unfortunately for Coach Jay Heaps and the Revolution, this makes back-to-back matches that they have lost to their rival Red Bulls in the last five minutes at home. The first match came on July 5th with a 3-2 loss at Gillette Stadium. New England is in a tough position here, they only have 20 pts on the season and sit in second to the last place in the Eastern Conference.
The level of play and lack of consistency this season has been unacceptable with the Revolution now sitting 8 points behind the final playoff spot. In many leagues around the world losing back-to-back matches in last minute fashion against a rival would result in major changes, but MLS tends to be a bit different.
With 15 matches still to play this season, it is not over by a long shot. But the chances for a late season comeback continue to look bleaker and bleaker. Following the Open Cup match against the Red Bulls was a scene of many Revolution fans who were voicing their displeasure in the way the team has been playing.
Thier sentiments have also been on full display on Social Media with many on Twitter openly calling for a change. At the moment though it appears nothing will be happening in that sense.
Revolution President Brian Biello Tweeted this out postgame thanking Rev’s fans of their support during the tournament and how he didn’t like Thursday night’s result.
Thanks for the support tonight and throughout USOC. Love being able to bring the team to these small venues. Didn’t love the result.
Getting knocked out of the Open Cup means the Revs run ends in the quarterfinals with the Red Bulls moving on to the Semi-Finals. The next match for the New England Revolution is an MLS event on Saturday, June 22nd against the LA Galaxy at home in Gillette Stadium.