The New York Red Bulls had a huge bounce-back win against the New England Revolution on Saturday night.
The 4-2 win featured two goals in each half and a healthy crowd at Red Bull Arena.

The team remains unbeaten at home this year and bounced back after a historic loss last weekend against Lionel Messi and Inter Miami CF.

Four separate players made the stat sheet, including Lewis Morgan, Emil Forsberg, Elias Manoel, and Cameron Harper, who all scored goals. Sean Nealis, Wiki Carmona, and Morgan all got assists as well, showing off how involved multiple areas of the roster were.

“Now three draws in a row with the last two home games with these red cards (suspensions), it was a similar story, and this was then very important that you get the confidence back in your style, how you want to play, and this is because it’s difficult,” said Red Bulls head coach Sandro Schwarz following the match.

“Every game, every weekend, is very difficult to win. And you see it, also, today against a good opponent. They have quality, very good players, especially in ball position, in the attacking situation.”

Despite the coach’s praise for his opponent, New England is the worst team in Major League Soccer so far this season. After Saturday, the team’s record is 2-1-8 (WDL), and a full game behind the Chicago Fire.

Meanwhile, the win is critical for New York as both Inter Miami and FC Cincinnati won yesterday.

The competition at the top of the Eastern Conference is already tight, and with RBNY leaving points on the table, this win was much needed.

“Yeah, it was very good. As I said, we had this loss and a few draws before, which we’re not happy about, so I think it was very important for us to win today even though we didn’t play at our best,” said New York Red Bulls defender Noah Eile.

“It was most important to get the win. That was the most important thing.”

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Lewis Morgan only needed six minutes to score his eighth goal of the season and put New York ahead early. Carlos Coronel passed the ball to Sean Nealis on the left side of the box, where the defender sent a long ball past the Revs line. The onside Morgan ran on to collect it. New England keeper Aljaž Ivačič stopped some of the ball with his legs on a dive, but the ball still hit the back of the net.

Of note, it was the midfielder’s 22nd career MLS goal with New York, which now ranks third in franchise history for MLS goals scored by a midfielder. It was also his sixth of the season at Red Bull Arena.

Morgan spoke to the press after the match and discussed how much this win meant for the team. Following the 6-2 loss to his former team in Florida, the bounce-back of both the win and getting on the scoresheet was much needed.

“Obviously, I think it was important to bounce back from the game last week,” Morgan said.

“We had a really good week of training, and we were really focused. With this game coming in, we had a really good start, scoring so early, and then we kind of made it a little difficult for ourselves. But sometimes, when you have not been getting the wins, and you finally get the win, it’s a little bit harder to get over the line, but we managed to do it tonight.”

Emil Forsberg had a chance to double his team’s lead in the 18th minute. After bringing the ball into the Revs box, a clean challenge sent the Swede to the ground. However, Dante Vanzeir jumped on the New England ball before it could be fully cleared and played the ball back to Forsberg. With only the keeper to beat, he skied his chance over the crossbar.

The visitors lacked a lot of conducive play but did control the possession game. In the 24th minute, it paid off when a long ball by Tomas Chancalay found Carles Gil in the box, who headed in a shot into the right side of the net. Chancalay may have had a chance to take the lead five minutes later on. A run into the box by a great slide by Daniel Edelman stopped any attempt at a goal.

That’s the thing about Saturday’s game against the Revolution. Despite the clear difference in how each team’s season is going, both could have been leading going into halftime. The only reason New York was ahead was due to a little luck. In the 40th minute, Dante Vanzeir and Revs defender Henry Kessler battled for the ball in the New England box. A chance kick of the ball sent it into Kessler’s arm. A lengthy VAR check confirmed the penalty, gave Kessler a yellow, and allowed Forsberg to atone from before and convert from the spot.

The second half might have had three more goals, but up until the final 10 minutes, nothing really happened. New York grabbed the 3-1 lead when defender Noah Eile played a give-and-go with Wiki Carmona, who sent a low cross across the box, which found the foot of Elias Manoel, who scored.

New England made it a one-goal game in the 90th minute when Emmanuel Boateng sent in an early cross that found the left of Giacomo Vironi. After originally being called offside, VAR overturned the call. However, the game was sealed in the 90+3 when Morgan played a ball through to midfielder Cameron Harper on the left side, who found the top right corner of New England’s net after a great run.

Both Manoel and Harper came off the bench in the second half. Schwarz knows that with the number of injuries and occasional suspensions his team is experiencing, depth is critical.

“Yeah, it’s important. It’s important to be ready on match day that we have this concentration, this energy, also, from the bench, and this is important when you have some difficult moments in the game,” said Schwarz.

“Eli had some good runs. He scored an important goal. Cam Harper, he trained very well during the last weeks, and I’m happy that he also had the situation with an important goal today.”

The Red Bulls have a crammed, rival-filled schedule over the next seven days.
First, the team travels to D.C. United and former head coach Troy Lesesne on Wednesday. On Saturday, the Hudson River Derby returns when the Bulls head to Citi Field to play New York City FC.


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