February 23, 2013
DIAMOND IS ROUGH
Red Bulls lose to Revolution, 2-0, end Desert Cup winless at 0-3-1
TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Red Bulls ended their pre-season on a losing note, dropping a 2-0 decision to the New England Revolution in the third-place match at the Tucson Desert Diamond Cup on Saturday.
|Thierry Henry and his Red Bulls teammates return home 0-3-1 from the Tucson Desert Diamond Cup.
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New York finished the competition winless at 0-3-1 with its 18th Major League Soccer opening match looming a week away at the Portland Timbers on Sunday, March 3.
It was a frustrating night for the Red Bulls, as they had several scoring opportunities, but failed to convert.
New England, on the other hand, managed to put away two of its chances.
The Revs grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute as Red Bulls central defender Jamison Olave fouled Lee Nguyen in the penalty area. Nguyen converted the ensuing spot kick into the left corner of the net past goalkeeper Luis Robles.
The Red Bulls tried to make up the deficit in the eighth minute, Left back Roy Miller forced goalkeeper Matt Reis to make his first save after the Costa Rican defender got a 15-yard shot off.
Three minutes later, Juninho took a quick set piece, lobbing it to an on-rushing Thierry Henry. Henry fired it past Reis and off the right post. Reis again was called upon soon after, diving to save a Fabian Espindola volley.
New York midfielder Tim Cahill had his header cleared off the line by Nguyen in the 28th minute and Henry went just wide right two minutes later.
The Revs took advantage of the Red Bulls' missed opportunities and doubled their advantage in the 36th minute when Honduran international Jerry Bengtson got the rebound to his own blocked shot and knocked it in off the near post from close range.
The Red Bulls continued to exert pressure after halftime and Olave came close, volleying a loose ball from 15 yards over the crossbar in the 60th minute.
Later, Cahill connected on a Henry corner kick as his attempt rolled left.
Reis helped preserve the shutout for New England, tipping over an Espindola lobbed shot in the 88th minute.
NE: Lee Nguyen 1 (penalty kick) 4’
NE: Jerry Bengtson 1 (unassisted) 36’
NY: Fabian Espindola (caution) 17’
NY: Roy Miller (caution) 45’+
NE: Juan Toja (caution) 45’
NY: Tim Cahill (caution) 65’
New York Red Bulls – Luis Robles, Kosuke Kimura, Jamison Olave, Digao, Roy Miller, Eric Alexander (Dax McCarty 74’), Tim Cahill, Ruben Izquierdo (Jonny Steele 83’), Juninho, Fabian Espindola, Thierry Henry
New England Revolution – Matt Reis, Tyler Polak, Jose Goncalves, Stephen McCarthy (Bilal Duckett 46’), A.J. Soares, Lee Nguyen, Kalifa Cisse (Clyde Simms 69’), Juan Toja (Donnie Smith* 57’), Kelyn Rowe (Andy Dorman 75’), Diego Fagundez (Diego Fagundez 83’), Jerry Bengtson (Ryan Guy 83’)