New England Revolution Take Down Rochester Rhino’s 3-0 In Providence, Advance To Round Of 16 Of US Open Cup
The New England Revolution played a home game at Providence College’s soccer field on Wednesday and in front of a sold-out crowd the Rev’s defeated the Rochester Rhino’s 3-0 to advance to the round of 16 in the US Open Cup.
“Obviously, I’m happy for the guys. We came about it the right way. The guys approached it the right way, set up a good team, and obviously I thought it was back and forth. And obviously, the game changed when the red card came, but I thought our guys handled the situation well and capitalized on it.”
After Rochester lost defender Joseph Farrell to ejection following a second yellow card, forward Teal Bunbury, who paced the team in goals during its run to the 2016 U.S. Open Cup Final, opened the scoring in the 40th minute on a penalty kick. Midfielder Zachary Herivaux drew the foul that led to the penalty kick by gaining position in front of a Rhinos defender near the six-yard box.
“I think Teal [Bunbury] just keeps going. For me, and the entire team, I think Teal is right on the cusp and continues to push and is someone that we need as we continue through this stretch.”
New England would quickly capitalize on its man advantage on the other side of halftime. Defender Donnie Smith doubled the Revolution’s lead in the 50th minute, securing the first goal of his professional career on a long-distance header from a Daigo Kobayashi corner kick. Just one minute later, Herivaux scored the team’s third goal of the evening, cleaning up a rebound after Femi Hollinger-Janzen’s initial bid was denied by Rhinos goalkeeper Tomas Gomez.
“I actually thought we really picked up the tempo right before the red card, about six or seven minutes before that. I thought passing got a little crisper. We were obviously a little bit — I don’t want to say we gave the ball away too easy — we were a little bit, early in the game, uneasy I guess. But then as the half continued, right before the red card, I thought that sharpness picked up, and then to finish the half the way we did was great. And then to come out again and get a goal from a set piece, get a goal from a turnover, was really good.”
Herivaux and Smith are normally not visible contributors for the Revolution, but against Rochester their performance was heard.
“Of course, I think you know you always want to have your guys step on the field and be able to be at their peak performance — to be able to perform at the level they want to perform at. I think in the past, when we got to the Open Cup, we needed to get guys more minutes before they got here. I think Donnie [Smith] has been doing a great job, and Zach [Herivaux], and Brian [Wright] as well. We’ve been able to get these guys some minutes that were critical [to prepare] for tonight.”
New England returns to action on June 17 when the club hosts the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET.