Foxborough, MA (Sports Network) - It was a debut to remember for Jerry
Bengston, who signed for the New England Revolution as a Designated Player on
Thursday, came on as a substitute and scored six minutes from time to help the
Revs secure a 2-0 win over Red Bull New York at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.
Lee Nguyen had give New England the lead in the first half, but with New York
pushing for an equalizer in the second half, it was Bengston's goal that
quelled any hopes of a comeback from the visiting Red Bulls.
The result is just the most recent in a long line of positive results for the
Revolution over the Red Bulls in Foxborough, MA. Since the 2002 season, New
England has won 13 of the 17 matches between the two sides in Massachusetts
across regular season and postseason play.
Gillette Stadium is proving to be quite the fortress this season; the
Revolution (6-7-4) have taken 18 of its 22 points from home matches this term.
Meanwhile, the Red Bulls (9-5-4) miss a prime opportunity to climb into first
place in the Eastern Conference as they remain third on 31 points.
New England went in front midway through the opening period when Nguyen played
the ball out wide to Chris Tierney and smashed the return pass through traffic
and past goalkeeper Ryan Meara with a low shot just inside the post.
The Revs had a golden opportunity to double the lead before the close of the
first half when A.J. Soares nodded a set piece delivery from Benny Feilhaber
off the crossbar. The Red Bulls failed to cleared their lines and the ball
fell to Blake Brettschneider, but the forward inexplicably missed the wide
open chance as his shot was cleared off the line by Roy Miller.
New York came out much stronger in the second half and nearly broke through in
the 56th minute. Kenny Cooper unleashed a tremendous shot from outside the box
but was denied by the post.
The visitors were left to rue that miss as Bengston put the match beyond reach
in the 84th minute.
Saer Sene latched on to a through ball in the box but Meara produced a fine
save to deny the Frenchman. The rebound fell to Bengston who was following up
to tuck home the loose ball from close range.
New England returns to action July 14 with a match against Toronto FC at
Gillette Stadium while New York takes on Seattle Sounders FC at Red Bull Arena
on July 15.