The game in 100 words (or less): The New England Revolution earned their first win of the season on Friday night, defeating the New York Red Bulls 1-0 at Gillette Stadium. After an even first half, Diego Fagundez gave New England a lead just before the hour mark. The Red Bulls were then doomed when Felipe was unjustly sent off for a challenge that referee Mark Geiger questionably deemed a straight red. New York tried to find an equalizer with ten men, but were unable to overcome the deficit, as the defending Supports’ Shield winners have now lost three of their first four matches of 2016.
Three moments that mattered
55′ — Fagundez puts New England ahead — After a bright start to the second half, the Revs found the game’s first goal in the 55th minute. Juan Agudelo played a low cross through the box which found Diego Fagundez, who had a wide open net at the back post.
61′ — Felipe sees harsh red — Down a goal, the Red Bulls were sent down a man when Felipe was shown a straight red card from referee Mark Geiger. Felipe went in for a tackle on Kelyn Rowe and did catch the midfielder with his studs, although his foot slipped over the ball and it should have been a yellow card at most. Very tough break for New York.
81′ — Shuttleworth stones BWP — New York nearly found a late equalizer but Bradley Wright-Phillips was robbed by Revs’ keeper Bobby Shuttleworth. A corner kick fell right to a wide-open BWP at the back post, but Shuttleworth got across his line to make a massive kick save and keep New England ahead.
Man of the match: Bobby Shuttleworth
Goalscorers: Fagundez (55′)