The game in 100 words (or less): A 12-minute blitzkrieg to begin the game was all the New York Red Bulls needed to brush aside the New England Revolution at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night. Bradley Wright-Phillips and Lloyd Sam provided the game’s first three goals (video below), which put the hosts up 3-0 after 11 and a half minutes. The Revolution, without Jermaine Jones for their seventh straight game, not only looked disorganized defensively, but completely lacked any sort of fighting spirit and will to compete. From the very first whistle, the Revs were second to every 50-50 ball, as well as constantly ball-watching and hoping someone else would step up and make a play defensively. No one did, ever, and they got a result they fully deserved — though 5-1 or 6-1 might have been more fitting.
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Three moments that mattered
4′ — BWP finishes Sam’s cross from point-blank range — Andrew Farrell took Shep Messing’s (commentator) admonishment for his marking of Bradley Wright-Phillips, but how about captain Jose Goncalves letting Lloyd Sam stop, turn and cross from inside the 18-yard-box? That’s the “woeful” bit of Revs defending that sticks out the most to me.
9′ — Sam finishes RBNY’s intricate tiki-taka — Somebody call Barcelona, because some team in Harrison, NJ, is impersonating their quick passing game in tight spaces tonight. This one went Sam -> Sacha Kljestan -> BWP -> Mike Grella -> Sam -> back of the net. Revs on the ropes.
12′ — BWP beats the backline, gets his brace — If the Red Bulls’ second forced the Revs into a standing-eight count, their third, and Wright-Phillips’ second, of the night was the knockout blow. Kljestan plays 30-yard slow-roller through three defenders, Dax McCarty turns into acres of space and plays BWP through, and he finishes like the 2014 version of himself. Nighty night, Revs.
Man of the match: Bradley Wright-Phillips — Two goals in the first 12 minutes, plus an assist on the other, which means last year’s scorer of 27 goals has contributed 14 one way or another this season (eight goals, six assists), his first in New York without Thierry Henry. Turns out BWP isn’t so bad as a playmaker, either.
New York Red Bulls: Robles, Wallace, Perrinelle, Miazga, Lada, Felipe, McCarty, Grella, Kljestan (Zizzo 80′), Sam (Abang 69′), Wright-Phillips (Davis 84′)
Goals: Wright Phillips (4′, 12′), Sam (9′), Wallace (56′)
New England Revolution: Shuttleworth, Woodberry, Farrell, Goncalves, Tierney, Dorman (Kobayashi 58′), Caldwell, Bunbury (Fagundez 57′), Nguyen, Agudelo (Rowe 67′), Davies
Goals: Dorman (37′)