It took a little drama but the New England Revolution are moving on in the U.S. Open Cup after downing the New York Red Bulls 3-2 on Tuesday night.
The Revs grabbed the lead in the second minute when Juan Agudelo tapped in Juan Fernando Caicedo’s backheel attempt. Edgar Castillo had the initial cross after Diego Fagundez patiently held up the ball while he waited for his left back to sprint forward.
The Revs continued to look lively, but it was the Red Bulls who scored next. A pass from Sean Davis put Tom Barlow in a foot race with Jalil Anibaba. The forward did all he could to be strong and finish the play.
The home side took the lead in the 54th minute when a series of passes provided Cristian Casseres Jr. with a chance at the top of the box. Casseres hit a shot that deflected off a Revs defender before sailing over Matt Turner’s head.
The Red Bulls had a chance to increase their lead after Anibaba was ruled to have committed a foul in the box. Turner blocked Alex Muyl’s PK attempt to keep the game in the balance.
The Revs took advantage of this, as Teal Bunbury scored in the 85th minute to bring the game back to level terms. The striker took down a long ball before beating his defender with a sharp touch. Bunbury then shot to the far post to force extra time.
Unfortunately for the Revs, they would have the play without Luis Caicedo, who earned a second yellow during stoppage time.
Bunbury was unfazed by this, as he scored the game-winning goal in the 109th minute. This time he marched forward on the left flank before hitting a daring shot from just inside the box. The boldness paid off, as it helped the Revs advance past the Red Bulls.