Revs end drought, but fall to Red Bulls

April, 20, 2013
4/20/13
11:06
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The New England Revolution's lengthy scoreless streak reached its conclusion, but the New York Red Bulls buried their guests 4-1 at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.

Ironically, it took a 6th-minute own goal from Red Bulls defender Brandon Barklage to snap the Revolution's scoreless rut at 394 minutes.

The hosts did well to put together four of their own, with Dax McCarty (4th minute), Fabian Espindola (8th minute), Thierry Henry (82nd minute) and Jonny Steele (89th minute) all scoring.

The loss pushes the Revolution's winless streak to five and drops their record to 1-3-2 (5 points). New York claimed its second win in its last three and upped its mark to 3-4-2 (11 points).

What it means: So much for the Revolution's defense coming to the rescue. Pitted against a team with as much firepower as the Red Bulls, the back four wilted under the pressure. Of course, the early injury to center back AJ Soares didn't help their cause. But by the time the third-year defender had to leave in the 19th minute, New York had already picked up two goals. The 4-1 loss should serve as a lesson, and that lesson is that the Revolution can no longer leave it to their defense to eke out points.

Stat of the game: The four goals conceded by the Revolution tripled their goals against total within the course of 90 minutes at Red Bull Arena. Going into Saturday's contest, the Revolution had given up a league-low two goals.

Honoring Boston: Prior to the game, a large contingent of Red Bulls and Revolution supporters chanted and marched in unison toward the entrance of Red Bull Arena. Additionally, a large banner that read "New York stands with Boston" was prominently displayed along the sideline opposite the benches, while Red Bulls players wore black armbands with the word "Boston" on them. Instead of the usual MLS anthem, the unofficial theme song of Boston sports -- "Dirty Water" by The Standells -- was played as both teams marched onto the field.

Toja benched: After starting in each of New England's first five games, midfielder Juan Toja was benched in favor of Diego Fagundez, who got his second start of the season. Toja did come on in the 61st minute for Andy Dorman.

Dorman starts: Midfielder Andy Dorman got his first start of the season with usual starter Clyde Simms on the bench. Interestingly, it was Dorman's first start in a Revolution uniform since Sept. 29, 2007, some four months before embarking on a five-year spell in European soccer.

Sene makes second appearance: Saer Sene, last year's leading scorer for the Revolution, made his second appearance of the season when he came on in the 61st minute for Fagundez. He collected one of the club's three shots on goal in 29 minutes of action.

McCarthy makes season debut: The Revolution's 2012 defender of the year, Stephen McCarthy, saw his first minutes of the season after coming on for Soares, who exited in the 19th minute with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Next up: The Revolution will return home on April 27 to host the Philadelphia Union at 7:30 p.m. On March 17, the Revolution lost 1-0 to the Union at PPL Park.

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