New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution: MLS Match Preview
NEW YORK RED BULLS vs NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
RED BULL ARENA, Harrison, N.J.
April 20, 2013 (WEEK 8, MLS Game #64)
7 p.m. ET (Live stream on MLSsoccer.com; MSG; CSN-NE)
The New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution renew their longtime I-95 rivalry when the clubs meet on Saturday evening at at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls kicked off their homestand with a 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City at midweek. The Revolution come into the match looking to end a four-game winless and goalless streak, after a scoreless draw at Seattle Sounders FC last weekend.
REFEREE: Fotis Bazakos. AR1 (bench): Kermit Quisenberry; AR2 (opposite): Matthew Kreitzer; 4th: Mark Geiger
MLS Career: 12 games; FC/gm: 24.8; Y/gm: 2.6; R: 0; pens: 3
DISABLED LIST: NE: Kevin Alston
SUSPENDED: NY: Juninho (through April 21)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (58 meetings): Red Bulls 19 wins (2 shootout), 94 goals … Revolution 26 wins (3 shootout), 101 goals … Ties 13
AT NEW YORK (30 meetings): Red Bulls 15 wins (0 shootout), 62 goals … Revolution 8 wins (2 shootout), 43 goals … Ties 7
RETURN MATCHES: 5/11: New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m. ET; 10/5: New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution, 7 p.m. ET
LAST YEAR (MLS):
4/28: NY 1, NE 0 (Henry 7)
7/8: NE 2, NY 0 (Nguyen 24; Bengtson (84)
9/22: NE 1, NY 1 (Barnes 95+ -- Lindpere 91+)
- Following a dramatic 1-1 draw last Sept. 22 at Gillette Stadium, New York has not won in New England since 2002. The Revolution have won 13 of 18 meetings in league and MLS Cup play since that last New York win.
- The Revolution haven't won in New Jersey since 2007, now winless on their last seven trips to face the Red Bulls. The first four of those were draws; New York has won all three league meetings at Red Bull Arena.
- Coaches record: Mike Petke vs. NE: first game … Jay Heaps vs. NY: P3 W1 L1 D1
NEW YORK RED BULLS
The New York Red Bulls went down to their first loss at home on the season, dropping a 1-0 decision to Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday evening at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls are in a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 8 points from 8 matches.
- The game's lone goal came in the 13th minute. Graham Zusi whipped in a corner kick from the right and Aurelien Collin fought off tight marking from Jamison Olave to create some space to head home the ball from the heart of the box into the top corner.
- SKC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen recorded three saves to extend his and the club's shutout streak to more than seven hours and five full games on the trot.
- Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke made one change to the team that defeated D.C. United 2-0 at RFK Stadium. Fabian Espindola came back into the team, in place of Jonny Steele.
- NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-1-3-2): Luis Robles - Brandon Barklage, Jamison Olave (Heath Pearce 33), Markus Holgersson, Roy Miller - Dax McCarty - Eric Alexander (Ruben Bover 66), Juninho (sent off 91+), Tim Cahill (Marius Obekop 77) - Fabian Espindola, Thierry Henry.
- The Red Bulls were shut out for a second time in three matches at Red Bull Arena this season, playing the first of back-to-back home games this week.
- "I thought we were stepping too late to almost every play defensively, and I thought we were trying to do way too much offensively when we were on the ball. Trying to make that perfect pass every time we went, trying to slide it through two players and then it'd get picked off and we'd be right back on the defensive again," said Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke. "Second half I thought it was a good response. We had some tired guys out there that fought till the end. We had some opportunities to go up. Overall it's an uneasy feeling for me."
- Even with the spell of three games in eight days, Petke made just one change to the team that won at D.C. United the weekend before. But there will be at least one more made for the New England, after midfielder Juninho was sent off in second-half stoppage time.
- "He is a total team player and perhaps a little bit out of his character. But, like I said, he's an emotional person. He wants to win and he let his emotions get the best of him,"said Petke. "It's happened to me hundreds of times, happened to many of these players. It has nothing to do with the result to be honest with you."
- Jamison Olave was forced off the field after just 33 minutes, after suffering a knee injury. But Petke said he would rule out the center back from returning for this weekend's match.
- "It's not as bad as we thought," Petke said. "I believe it's just a hyperextension, sort of, so I'm going to get the final diagnosis [later]. I believe he is getting an MRI just to clarify everything, but I don't think it's bad as we thought."
- Marius Obekop made his MLS debut, coming on the 77th minute in place of Tim Cahill. "I mean he's an exciting player. Tactically he has a ways to go, he's a young kid. But as you saw he had a nice shot within probably a minute and a half or so after he came on. …He's earned a spot to get on in that situation to go hopefully be a spark and get forward. I thought he was OK in his debut," said Petke.
- After playing three matches as an underneath striker, Cahill moved back into a midfield role with the return of Fabian Espindola to the starting lineup for the first time since March 23.
- "Tim Cahill does so much work for us and he's so invaluable as far as I'm concerned," said Petke. "(H)e's done so much work for us these past couple games. I mean I wanted to get him off and give him a bit of a rest and have him ready for New England."
- Peguy Luyindula did not feature in the match and was not an available substitute for the KC match after missing the D.C. United match with a hamstring issue.
- "It's something we need to discuss because we need to prepare beforehand, not trying to scramble to make decisions on the field," said Petke. "These guys want to play, all of them. It's tough to convince them that they need a break. At the end of the day, it's my decision, so of course I need to figure out what's best for the team these two games."
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
The New England Revolution saw their winless run reach four games, playing to a scoreless draw with Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday afternoon at CenturyLink Field. The Revolution are in eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 5 points from 5 matches.
- The Revolution saw their goalless drought to 388 minutes. Sounders FC goalkeeper Michael Gspurning was not forced to make a single save, as he recorded his first shutout of the season.
- Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth was called upon to make three saves, as the Revs have still allowed just two goals this season, the fewest of any team.
- Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made three changes to the team that fell to a 1-0 loss to FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium. Chris Tierney came in at left back for Kevin Alston, and Kalifa Cisse and Kelyn Rowe started in the midfield for Ryan Guy and Diego Fagundez.
- NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-2-3-1): Bobby Shuttleworth - Andrew Farrell, A.J. Soares, Jose Goncalves, Chris Tierney - Kalifa Cisse (Andy Dorman 64), Clyde Simms - Kelyn Rowe, Juan Toja (Saer Sene 74), Lee Nguyen - Jerry Bengtson.
- The Revolution saw their goalless drought extended to 388 minutes in their scoreless draw at Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, the club record for consecutive minutes without scoring a goal. They had gone 361 minutes without hitting the back of the net in 1999.
- With just one goal scored now through five games, the Revolution have the fewest goals in MLS, one less than D.C. United and Seattle. But the Revs have allowed just two goals – which is the best defensive record in the league.
- "We did a nice job defensively. We have to continue to push forward and get chances. As the game went on, we got stronger and had more chances that were dangerous toward the end. We just have to get those earlier in the match," said Heaps.
- Saer Sène made his first league appearance since since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last August. He came on in the 64th minute.
- "He helped us," Heaps said. "It was something we've seen in training and how he keeps it for us. It was important that he got [the minutes]. … He's not 100 percent yet. But you can see some of the things he can do. He kept the ball for us, he made some good runs. His fitness is going to come along. His body looks good, but we just have to get his fitness up."
- Still battling irritation in his left knee, Matt Reis missed out on the Seattle match, as Bobby Shuttleworth recorded his fifth shutout in 23 career league appearances.
- "It came down to a week of training and Matt (Reis) was starting to get a little bit better. Ultimately the decision came down to who was stronger at this time. It was clear that Matt wasn't at 100 percent – he probably wasn't even at 90-percent," said Heaps. "Bobby has been in big moments for us this season already. He's had a couple of tough goals against and (today) he really stepped up and made a huge save in the first half and a huge save in the second half."
- With Kevin Alston out indefinitely after beginning treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia, Chris Tierney made his first start of the season at fullback.
- "I'm just glad we kept another clean sheet. These guys have been rock solid defensively and Bobby came through with some saves when we really needed them," Tierney said. "Defensively we have to be proud of the effort, but hopefully we will get things together offensively and score some goals."