Red Bulls – Revs Live Blog

FINAL TIME – It’s gonna be a tough one at Gillette Stadium next Saturday. Thoughts?

90′ – Riley in for Wells Thompson who was pretty much non-existent out there

88′ – Adam Cristman in for Pat Noonan, first Revs sub; Mathis also came in for Claudio Reynawho had a decent day; three minutes of added time

82′ – Leitch is already beaten to the ball by Twellman who fires a close-range shot on Conway; Conway parries it away

78′ – Chris Leitch is coming on for Dave van den Bergh who looks like he picked up a knock, limping on the left leg

73′ – blatant push on Jozy Altidore earns Parkhurst a yellow but effectively stopped the flow of the counter attack

72′ – Seth Stammler tries to clear a dangerous cross and almost powers it past Jon Conway into his own net

68′ – Ubiparipovic in for Doe as Doe was woeful; maybe Sinisa can put on a technical clinic on how to cross a ball as that department is clearly suffering after the half

60′ – cross by van den Bergh started a scrum in the middle in which it looked like Angel was pushed and pulled every which way, but he still almost got a shot off – the game is definitely more back and forth now

58′ – Noonan was sprung on a breakaway but opted for a square pass instead of a shot on Conway; the ball was cleared awkwardly by Jeff Parke; less than a minute later Shalrie Joseph ripped a close shot from about 30 yards out – missed wide right

54′ – Angel and Noonan scuffle when Noonan elbows the Colombian right in the noggin going up for a headball; New England still not working well together but it doesn’t really matter as New York can’t score

50′ – Dane Richards has forgotten how to effectively cross again.

Davy Arnaud goal in 33′ for Kansas City. 1-0 KCW.

46′ – No changes. Not even Francis Doe out despite his suspect play. Clarence Goodson has put Dallas ahead in Frisco against the defending champs.

Halftime – the Red Bulls dominated offensively but without a goal so far and New England potent on the counter, a collective breath is held every time the ball does find New England’s front men – it should be an interesting second half, there are shades of early season New York here as Reyna is firing on all cylinders and van den Bergh is fitting in nicely at left back

37′ – The Red Bulls have finally learned the definition of FINDING THE TARGET MAN, but Angel still can’t convert – seems like just a matter of time though. This time it was a quick restart to Angel who settled and fired a screwball from about 20 yards out. Reis punched it away.

32′ – Freeman rips a shot from 30 yards out, smothered by Reis – need a little bit more on it if you’re going to beat Matt Reis

29′ – Hunter Freeman bends a nice cross from 40 yards out and finds Angel who misses top left by very little.

Avery John has been disgusting in the back. Bad.

22′ – The Bulls keep exploiting the wings as both Richards and Altidore keep getting open. Taylor Twellman registered the Revs’ first shot of the game from about 25 yards out. Claudio Reyna is also playing like he’s 25 again.

17′ – Yet another post-up by Angel leads to a narrowly missed Altidore shot. The Red Bulls have 100% of the offensive presence right now, but the question is – will that last? Or can they convert?

12′ – Couple of dangerous crosses delivered by Dane Richards and Dave van den Bergh narrowly miss the head of Angel.

Looks like a crowd of 17,000+ here at Giants Stadium.

5′ – Angel flicked a nice ball over Parkhurst’s head to Francis Doe, the Liberian settled but cut down the angle with a suspect touch – close range shot parried by Matt Reis

3′ – A Mutombo-like post-up in penalty box by Angel draws a couple New England defenders and sets up Altidore for an attempt. Shot is blocked.

7:36pm: Kickoff. For some reason, Sunil Gulati is in the house and walking around the press box somewhat aimlessly. In Kansas City, both Maykel Galindo AND Ante Razov are out of the Chivas USA line-up.

7:27pm: Couple statistics of note – New England this season is 3-0-1 when the game is broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel; the season series between NE and NY ended at 2-0-1 in favor of New England

– Also, Clint Mathis sits at 2nd on the Red Bulls/Metros playoff scoring list with 3, while Taylor Twellman sits at 1st on New England’s with 7. Let’s see what Angel can do.

7:25pm Rosters look like this:

New York Red Bulls

GK: Jon Conway ()

Defenders: Hunter Freeman (), Jeff Parke (), Seth Stammler (), Dave van den Bergh ()

Midfielders: Jozy Altidore (), Dane Richards (), Claudio Reyna (), Dema Kovalenko ()

Forwards: Francis Doe (), Juan Pablo Angel ()

Substitutes: Danny Cepero (), Carlos Mendes (), Chris Leitch (), Sinisa Ubiparipovic (), Joe Vide (), John Wolyniec (), Clint Mathis ()

New England Revolution

GK: Matt Reis ()

Defenders: Jay Heaps (), Michael Parkhurst (), Avery John ()

Midfielders: Wells Thompson (), Shalrie Joseph (), Jeff Larentowicz (), Steve Ralston (), Khano Smith ()

Forwards: Taylor Twellman (), Pat Noonan ()

Unused Substitutes: Doug Warren (), Marshall Leonard (), James Riley (), Andy Dorman (), Abdoulie Mansally (), Sainey Nyassi (), Adam Cristman ()

Live from the press box starting at 7:20pm. So tune in.Any predictions? You can check here for Center Holds It predictions. Just check the comments section.

Here’s the game preview. Other matches tonight (which I will cover key highlights of): Chivas USA vs. KC Wizards 8:00pm, Houston vs. FC Dallas 8:00pm.


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  1. […] Breton placed an observative post today on Red Bulls – Revs Live Blog.Here’s a quick excerpt:7:27pm: Couple statistics of note – New England this season is 3-0-1 when the game is broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel; the season series between NE and NY ended at 2-0-1 in favor of New England. – Also, Clint Mathis sits at 2nd on the … […]

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