After a quiet 89 minutes, Aaron Long scored off of a free kick to give the New York Red Bulls a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution
The Revolution tried to exploit wide areas in the first half. DeJuan Jones, Alexander Buttner, and Kekutah Manneh pushed forward, offering a number of crosses. Unfortunately nothing hit the mark, leaving the game scoreless at halftime.
Before heading into the locker room, head coach Bruce Arena stated his team had a “decent first half.” He hoped his players would be sharper in the final third during the next 45 minutes.
Matt Polster entered for Scott Caldwell after the break. Arena returned to his bench in the 63rd minute, inserting Carles Gil, Lee Nguyen, and Tajon Buchanan for Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe, and Manneh.
The Revs and Red Bulls each had half chances that required the attention of the goalkeepers. Both netminders were up to the task, making their necessary saves.
Buchanan piqued the interest of Revs fans when he fell inside the box. Referee Alan Kelly ruled that it was simulation, giving the attacker a yellow card.
In the dying minutes of the game, Long got on the scoreboard by scoring his second goal of the season. The defender’s shot, which came after a corner kick, was assisted by Tim Parker and Alejandro Romero Gamarra
The Revs return to action on Sunday when they face D.C. United. Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM.