Metro remains goalless, pointless in Desert Cup
February 26, 2012 (Official Game Summary)
The New York Red Bulls dropped a 2-0 decision to the New England Revolution at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium in the Desert Diamond Cup Saturday evening. New England received a pair of second half goals from Kelyn Rowe. With the loss, the Red Bulls are now 0-2-0 in the tournament and 1-2-3 in 2012 preseason play.
Both teams were looking to get settled into the match in the first half. New York had the first shot of the night in the 12th minute, when Dax McCarty cut to his left foot and drove it over the crossbar. Seven minutes later, Jose Angulo's in-swinging corner kick found a wide open Brandon Barklage, whose header was wide.
In the second half, New England earned the first scoring chance of the interval six minutes in, as Rowe found an on-rushing Saer Sene. Sene, however, could not put his shot on goal.
Sene had the best chance of the match up to that point with 15 minutes remaining in the encounter. The forward had space at the top of the box and unleashed a shot that beat Vuolo and slammed off the left post. The rebound fell to New England's Luiscito Campisi and his first-timer was caught by Vuolo.
The Revolution took the lead for good two minutes later. Sene was able to slip through on goal, but Tyler Ruthven slid in to prevent the Revolution player from taking a shot. Rowe was on hand for the loose ball and put it into the back of the net.
The same combination wrapped up the result in the 84th minute. Sene passed it to Rowe, who raced in and his left-footed curling shot nestled into the top corner of the net.