The Red Bulls put 10 of their 22 shots on frame, had an 11-1 edge in corner kicks and sent in 22 crosses. But they conceded a second-half equalizer as they open a critical stretch of three games against Eastern Conference rivals in seven days — and the only home game of the three — with a draw.
The Red Bulls (11-10-5, 38 points) remain in fourth place in the East, but could fall depending on other weekend results. Rallying for their second straight road draw, the Revolution (9-9-8, 35 points) are in sixth place, still three points behind the Red Bulls and NYCFC.
“I think the best part is that we created a lot of chances and we had opportunities to score,” midfielder Marc Rzatkowski said. “But overall, we have to say we have to score more than one goal. And this is the frustration for sure. But I think we had a good game, a complete team performance.”
Troubled by numerous slow starts this season, the Red Bulls came out flying in the first half and took a deserved lead in the 18th minute on a stunning strike by Rzatkowski. The German midfielder latched onto a failed Edgar Castillo clearance and fired a left-footed blast past Matt Turner from the edge of the 18-yard box.
The Red Bulls were punished for not putting away another of their bevy of chances as the Revolution leveled in the 65th minute on a clinical Gustavo Bou finish in the 65th minute. Bou ran onto a Carles Gill pass and took a settling touch before opening himself for a low finish inside the far post for his fourth goal in six appearances.
Playing as a second striker, Danny Royer was particularly dangerous and active throughout. He had 10 shots, four shy of the MLS record set by Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sunday night in the LA Galaxy’s 2-1 loss at D.C. United. Royer put four shots on target, but couldn’t slip one past Turner, the native of Park Ridge, N.J., who made nine on the night.
Royer’s open shot from 12 yards out in the ninth minute was blocked for a Red Bulls corner. Two minutes later, he was played behind by Kaku and his low shot was pushed away by Turner for another corner.
“We always want to win, especially at home, but I think we left it all out on the field today,” Royer said. “I think we looked like us. We created tons of chances. I think we were the better team. I guess it was fun to watch. There are many positives. But obviously you can’t be satisfied when you don’t get the three points.”
in the 16th minute, Tim Parker hit Brian White with a perfectly-weighted lofted long ball. The second-year forward took it off his chest, but his shot was blocked by Brandon Bye.
White’s night was cut short due to injury, unable to play through a Michael Mancienne ankle stomp. After receiving treatment twice, White came off for Bradley Wright-Phillips in the 29th minute.
Wright-Phillips had a chance in the 35th minute, cutting to the outside of Bye and putting a low shot on frame that Turner pushed aside.
Aug 17, 2019; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Marc Rzatkowski (90) reacts after scoring a goal against the New England Revolution during the first half at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
“We had chances. Normally I’m complaining when we’re not getting enough chances, but today we couldn’t complain,” Wright-Phillips said. “I think we’ve just got to be better with them. Me, personally, I had two decent looks at goal. I’m not gonna lie, when I came in I was saying that the ‘keeper was a bit lucky. But I think on another day I have two [goals].”
Rzatkowski intercepted a heavy first touch by Mancienne, and then ducked under his attempted tackle and attacked the space in front of him. He played to Royer, who tried to chip inside the far post, but Turner pushed it over the crossbar for a corner kick in the 63rd minute.
In the 68th minute, Kemar Lawrence played across the six-yard box to Royer, whose back heel was just wide. That was the best chance at a goal, Royer thought.
“I didn’t know if I can just shoot it normal in front of my body because I thought I was ahead of the post, I don’t know, so I took the back heel,” Royer said. “But I think that was the biggest chance.”
Four minutes from full time, Michael Amir Murillo, who came on for an injured Lawrence, also looked to connect with Royer. But the Austrian checked his run and the ball rolled out of play.
In the second minute of stoppage time, Wright-Phillips put a first-time shot on frame off a Murillo pass, but Turner again came up with the save. Turner also turned away Rzatkowski’s attempt at a brace moments later.
“It’s just annoying to not get the three points,” Wright-Phillips said. “But if we’re going to take anything away, it’s that we looked like ourselves and we created chances. If we’re going to play like that every week, there won’t be many draws.”
The Red Bulls have a short turnaround to their first Atlantic Cup showdown of the 2019 season, playing at D.C. United Wednesday night, while the Revs return to action next Saturday at home to the Chicago Fire.