When a team falls behind by two goals in the first half and battles back to even the match and walk away with a point it is usually a great effort, but for the New York Red Bulls Saturday night's draw with the New England Revolution was just another typical 2011 season game. The draw was the 14th for the Red Bulls this season, which is second in the MLS, they have six losses which is tied for third best in the league, but their six wins is 13th in the entire league.
The Revolution got off to a great start on their home field opening the scoring with Milton Caraglio's first MLS goal coming only 15 minutes into the match after a Buona Coundoul rebound. The Revolution added their second goal minutes before half-time when a free kick led to yet another Milton Caraglio goal. The Revolution went into the half up 2-0 with the Red Bulls yet to have a shot on goal.
The Red Bulls finally got on the board when Dane Richards found himself on a breakaway and put the ball into the back of the net for the Red Bulls first tally, cutting the lead to 2-1. Two minutes later the Red Bulls had what should have been their moment when Kenny Mansally was shown his second yellow card and ejected, putting the Red Bulls up a man. Unfortunately, before they could take advantage the Red Bulls' Teemu Tainio was shown his second yellow, evening the match up at 10 apiece.
With an open field the Red Bulls maintained a high level of pressure and in the 87th minute it paid off. A Joel Lindpere cross was tapped in by Richards to tie the game at two, where it would stand at the end. Although the match was heartbreaking for the Revolution it has put the Red Bulls, who are winless in their last 14 at NE, playoff chances on life support.
With only eight games remaining for the Red Bulls they stand at 12th in points earned per game and if Philadelphia, which currently holds the final playoff spot, wins both of its games-in-hand they would move eight points ahead of the Red Bulls. The Red Bulls only have themselves to blame for where they stand, and expect to see changes made at the end of the season.