Red Bulls Draw With New England

Red Bulls, Marc Rzatkowski
Marc Rzatkowski celebrates his goal against New England. Photo: Noah K. Murray-USA Today Sports

On a night when both teams were unable to take control of the match, the New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution played to a 1-1 draw Saturday night at Red Bull Arena. 

With both teams needing points in the battle for playoff positioning in the tight Eastern Conference, the draw keeps New York and New England in playoff position. As of Sunday, August 18, the Red Bulls sit in fifth with 38 points while the Revolution holds the sixth spot with 35 points.

In the match on Saturday, Marc Rzatkowski gave New York an early lead with a strike in the 18th minute. After a failed attempt to clear by the Revolution defense, Rzatkowski settled the ball at the top of the 18 and hit a shot that nestled in just under the crossbar.

With the Red Bulls maintaining its slim one-goal lead into the second half, New England would level the match in the 65th minute. Carles Gil sent a through ball into the 18-yard box for Gustavo Bou, who beat Luis Robles to the far post for the equalizer.

New England keeper Matt Turner made nine saves while New York’s Robles made three saves.

The Red Bulls the road for back-to-back matches during Rivalry Week, beginning with D.C. United on Wednesday, August 21 at Audi Field. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m.