MONTCLAIR, N.J. — It was a maddening, or magical, classic U.S. Open Cup match, depending on your perspective.
Despite playing 30 minutes of extra time with 10 men, the New England Revolution rallied from a late second-half deficit to defeat the New York Red Bulls in the fourth round Tuesday night at MSU Soccer Park.
Teal Bunbury scored the winning goal in the 109th minute, a cheeky lob over two Red Bulls defenders and goalkeeper Ryan Meara from the left corner of the 18-yard box.
Bunbury, who wore the captain’s armband for the Revs, also scored the equalizer five minutes from full time, cutting inside of defender Amro Tarek with his first touch before firing low inside the far post.
“He’s a very good player and a great individual,” New England coach Bruce Arena said of Bunbury. “When you take over a team in the situation our team is in, you need people with character and he is certainly that kind of person and he’s been a large part responsible for the team regrouping and trying to be more competitive and a little bit more successful. So I’m real pleased with the two weeks I’ve had with this team.”
In the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, Luis Caicedo was sent off for his second bookable offense, but the Revs were undeterred.
“I personally don’t believe it’s a sending off,” Arena said. “I think we overcame a lot of obstacles tonight and really responded very well and we’re very deserving of this win.”
New England raced in front inside the opening minute when Juan Agudelo got a touch on Bunbury’s backheel and tapped past Meara.
Tom Barlow leveled in the 19th minute, shielding a New England defender as he latched onto a ball over the top by Sean Davis before scoring into the upper-right corner of the net.
“Basically, I was just trying to get in behind a lot,” Barlow said. “I felt like I could outrun some of those guys in the back. It was great ball, it set up nice for me and I was able to just put in the corner.”
Cristian Casseres put the Red Bulls in front, 2-1, in the 54th minute with a blast from 30 yards out and the hosts had a golden chance to extend that advantage when Alex Muyl was fouled in the box and set up for a penalty kick. He took his chance well, but Revs goalkeeper Matt Turner dived to his left to push the shot away in the 67th minute.
“If you talk about that play, it’s a big one, but there’s probably 50 others in the match that we can be better on,” Red Bulls coach Chris Armas said. “So listen, we asked for guys to be courageous in terms of a penalty, train that skill and they do. They work on PKs. Alex has been really good at those, gets it on frame, sticks to his corner. And a goalkeeper makes a save. So there’s no more comment on that. This happens from the very best players in the world.”
While the Revs advance out of the fourth round for the first time since a run to the quarterfinals ended with a loss to the Red Bulls in 2017, it was a rare recent early USOC departure for New York, which advanced past its opening game in four consecutive years since a fourth round loss to the New York Cosmos in 2014. That includes a loss in the 2017 final to Sporting Kansas City.
“Yeah, it’s a missed opportunity, but that’s what it is,” Armas said. “I’m proud of the team the way they showed up tonight … We went down a goal early and we were pretty good on the night and we put ourselves in a spot to win and that’s the shame of it, that’s what hurts on the inside. But it’s going to bring us together. And of course we take hard looks and we just learn. Specifically we’ll learn how to win those games.”