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Recap: Mistake-filled Finish Sees New York Red Bulls Lose 3-1

photo by Matt Kremkau

New York Red Bulls lose 3-1 to the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night following a string of mistakes on both ends of the field. With most of their players either on injury reserve or on suspension, head coach Gerhard Struber inserted defender Andres Reyes for the injured Aaron Long who both scored and garnered a red card to lead to the team's ultimate demise.

In the 7th minute, the man who was called a key player of the match made his mark. Off a corner kick, an unmarked Andres Reyes got free and promptly headed the ball in the back of the net to give the Red Bulls the lead, 1-0. It was a great start that the team needed to put the match on their terms.

But then, the match would turn from bad to worse in a New York minute for the Red Bulls.

In the 37th minute, Caden Clark got knocked down; he believed he was fouled but didn't get the call from referee Jair Marruffo. Meanwhile, forward Gustavo Bou immediately raced down the pitch and calmly slotted the ball past New York goalkeeper Carlos Coronel to even the match at one. 

Then less than a minute later, defender Andres Reyes who started the match so brilliantly with that early goal, ended his evening in calamitous fashion. He picked up his second yellow card and subsequent red card, which dismissed him from the match for a needlessly reckless tackle to Carles Gil.

And two minutes into stoppage time, New England would take full advantage. Midfielder Arnon Traustason found Tajon Buchanan, who got past defender Sean Nealis and scored the goal by tapping in at a very tight angle to put the home side in the lead.

New England would cap the evening as Buska scored 83rd minute to put the match out of reach, keep their home record perfect this season, and put the Red Bulls record to 2-4-0 as they head back home next week Orlando City at Red Bull Arena.

Starting XI:

New England Revolution: Matt Turner, Andrew Farrell, Matthew Polster, Brandon Bye, Jonathan Bel, DeJuan Jones, Wilfrid Kaptoum (Thomas McNamara 61’), Gustavo Bou (Edward Kizza 84’), Carlos Gil, Arnor Traustason (Adam Buska 61’), Tajon Buchanan (Teal Bunbury 80’)

New York Red Bulls: Carlos Coronel; Andrés Reyes, Sean Nealis, Tom Edwards, Frankie Amaya (Omir Fernandez 45’), Sean Davis, Cristian Casseres, Jr., Caden Clark (Cameron Harper 59’) (John Tolkin 85’), Fábio (Patryk Klimala 45’), Daniel Royer (Tom Barlow 84’)

Scoring Summary:
7' - Andres Reyes (Amaya)
37' - Gustavo Bou (Traustason)
45+1' - Tajon Buchannan (Traustason)
82' - Adam Buska (Bou, Gil)

Misconduct Summary:
31' - (New York Red Bulls) Andres Reyes (caution, foul)
38' - (New York Red Bulls) Andres Reyes (ejection, second yellow, foul)

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