The first twenty minutes saw Revs fans flashing back to the inaugural game of the season with Chicago. Slow, uninspired, and lazy are words to describe the start of the match. Constant giveaways and sloppy clears led to dangerous opportunities for New York.
The sloppiness proved to be deadly, as the Red Bulls found the scoreboard first. Newly acquired Frankie Amaya whipped a corner into the box, where center back Andres Reyes was waiting to smash it home with his head. Reyes is the current replacement for Aaron Long, one of the elite defenders in MLS. Long blew his achilles out, and was ruled out for the year last week. Reyes proved to be effective, or did he?
The Revs were sparked by a hard shoulder check of Matt Polster, earning Reyes his first yellow card. Just minutes later, Arnór Traustason split the center backs and found Gustavo Bou in on goal. La Pantera was able to stride into the box, where he cooly placed the equalizer in the bottom right of Coronel’s net. Just two minutes later, it was Andres Reyes picking up his second yellow for a stomp on Carles Gil. Reyes’ red card changed the complexion of the game drastically.
Just before the halftime whistle blew, Tajon Buchanan found himself free on the left sideline. His scissor move and burst of speed brought him to a one versus one situation with Coronel, which Buchanan won. He was able to slide it near post to give New England the halftime lead.
“I found myself over on the left side and Arnór with a great pass to me, and yeah, I just took the guy one-v-one,” Buchanan said. “That’s what I like to do – and took a shot, and luckily it went in.”
The second half was more of the same for the Revs, dominating every facet of play. While they were unable to convert a lot of solid changes, they did finally find their third goal. Gil played a through ball for Bou, who unselfishly found Buksa for the tap in, as well as his third goal of the campaign.
Arena was asked about Bou’s performance, he responded “I think Gustavo played well. The assist he got on the third goal was tremendous. He held the ball up, did a bunch of good things. He can get better, as can all the players, the coaches, everything else. We’re just in the start of the season. We have to be a little bit patient. And we’re pleased with the progress Gustavo’s making.”
The Revolution cruised to their fourth win at home in as many games. The task now becomes getting those same results on the road. The Revs are currently 0-1-2 in away games, though they’ll feel hard done by some of those scorelines. New England will play one last game before the three week break. They’ll visit FC Cincinnati and their new stadium, TQL Stadium. Cincy currently holds dead last in all of MLS, sporting a 1-3-1 record. New England and Cincinnati will kickoff at 3:00 PM EST on Saturday.