New England Soccer Today

Revs Eliminated from Open Cup

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A late Bradley Wright-Phillips goal eliminated the Revolution from the U.S. Open Cup tournament after the Red Bulls beat the locals 1-0 in Thursday’s quarterfinal clash at Jordan Field in Cambridge, Mass.

Wright-Phillips scored in the 87th minute when a grabbed a short pass from Felipe inside the box and tucked it into the Revolution net.

One development that made the game-winner possible was a 75th minute red card to Revolution defender Benjamin Angoua, leaving the hosts shorthanded in the latter stages of what was then a scoreless affair. Fellow defender Antonio Delamea also saw red for dissent at the end of the match.

Revolution coach Jay Heaps fielded a lineup brimming with first-team players while backup goalkeeper Brad Knighton got the start. Knighton collected five saves on the evening, and third keeper Matt Turner served as the backup.

Half-chances were the order of business for the Revolution during the first half as the offense struggled to create the final pass needed to truly test goalkeeper Luis Robles.

Wright-Phillips came inches away from putting the guests ahead in the 41st minute when he unleashed a shot from 15 yards that forced a diving save from Brad Knighton inside the near post.

But not long after the Revolution went to 10 men following Angoua’s dismissal, the Red Bulls striker found the back of the net thanks to quick through ball that exposed the Revolution back line.

With their Open Cup dreams dashed, the Revolution turn their attention toward reversing their fortunes in league play on Saturday, Jul. 22 when they host LA Galaxy.

Meanwhile, the Red Bulls will face the winner the Miami FC-FC Cincinnati quarterfinal, which was originally scheduled for yesterday before it was postponed due to persistent severe weather. U.S. Soccer will announce a new date for the clash on Thursday.

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