|photo by Matt Kremkau
by Anthony J. Merced
Playoff hopes for New York Red Bulls took a major hit after a 1-0 loss to New England Revolution on Wednesday night at Gilette Stadium in Foxboro. A 30th minute goal from Giacomo Vrioni was the difference on a night where both teams battled but produced little in the way of clear chances.
The first half was nothing new to Red Bulls fans who have watched this team struggle with the physical game against New England on the road. Both teams were frustrated with tough play in the middle of the pitch, along with sloppy passing to frustrate both sides even more. The game's only goal came when Mark-Anthony Kaye found Vrioni on the left side of the box. The Italian-born player dribbled further into the box before letting go a shot that opened the scoring.
Head coach Troy Lesesne made changes in the second half to boost his team but little changed. The frustration continued as passes continued to not find their intended target but New England failed to capitalize on opportunities.
The loss continues a bad trend for the Red Bulls who have one only once away from Red Bull Arena. Their scoring also continues to suffer as it is a second straight clean sheet for the opposition. Following this game is a trip to Philadelphia where winning is even less likely.
Currently the Red Bulls still sit below the playoff lines, saved by teams like Montreal and Chicago still falling short.
New York Red Bulls: Coronel; Duncan, Ndam, Nealis (64' Reyes), Tolkin (73' Harper), Yearwood (64' Kasule), Stroud, Amaya, Luquinhas, Barlow (73' Vanzeir), Cabezas (64' Carmona)
New England Revolution: Edwards Jr.; Polster, Gonzalez, Romney, Sweat, Harkes, Kaye, N. Gil (66' Buck), C. Gil, Chancalay (66' Boateng), Vrioni (66' Wood)