The game in 100 words (or less): The New England Revolution got away from their quantity-over-quality chance-creation philosophy (just 7 shots, 2 on target), and out-dueled the New York Red Bulls, 2-1, at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night. Each side’s biggest star — Lee Nguyen and Bradley Wright-Phillips — began the game on the bench, which caused the game’s overall quality to suffer a fair bit. The Revolution showed, though, they’re capable of winning games in all types of manners, even when holding just 42 percent of possession and creating so few chances. There’s staying power in a team that can make such a claim, and we all know the Revs will be around at the end of November.
[ RECAPS: Two MLS games on Friday night ]
Three moments that mattered
9′ — Davies’ diving header can’t be stopped — Is it time to give Charlie Davies a recall to the U.S. national team? I’m not entirely sure yet, but the man just keeps scoring, and that can only be ignored for so long. London Woodberry cross, Davies header, Revs goal.
60′ — Bunbury doubles the lead — The Revs’ quick, one-touch passing through traffic was sensational on this buildup to their second goal. Attract the attention of a defender, get the ball off your foot and too the open man. Teal Bunbury was the final open man, and he finished with aplomb.
73′ — Kljestan cuts the lead in half — Mike Grella’s flicked header put Sacha Kljestan in behind the Revs’ defense, and since Jermaine Jones was ball-watching, Kljestan was one on one with Bobby Shuttleworth, who he round and slotted the ball into the back of the net.
Man of the match: Andrew Farrell — His transition to center back has been anything but seamless, but the 23-year-old put in perhaps his best shift of the season on Saturday, and whether he’ll be partnering Jones or Jose Goncalves the rest of the way, looks to be getting the hang of the position.
New England Revolution: Shuttleworth, Woodberry, Farrell, Jones, Tierney, Caldwell, Dorman (Goncalves 74′), Bunbury, Rowe (Nguyen 56′), Agudelo (Fagundez 83′), Davies
Goals: Davies (9′), Bunbury (60′)
New York Red Bulls: Robles, Lade (Abang 83′), Miazga, Ouimette, Lawrence, Richards (Sam 63′), Davis (Wright-Phillips 61′), McCarty, Felipe, Kljestan, Grella
Goals: Kljestan (73′)