Posted on July 8, 2012
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — What a Major League Soccer debut for Honduran international striker Jerry Bengston.
Only 24 minutes after coming on for Blake Brettschneider in the 60th minute, Bengston tallied the insurance goal for the New England Revolution in its 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium.
The Red Bulls felt the Revs had fouled left fullback Roy Miller of Costa Rica on the play in the penalty area.
Rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara managed to stop Sene’s shot, knocking the ball away with both hands. But the ball bounced to his right to Bengston, who had no one in front of him and had an easy three-yard for the goal.
Revolution coach Jay Heaps said that his dream debut for Bengtson would be to “put him in the 60th minute and have him score! I wish.
“It’s not an easy transition. He literally signed his contract and joined our team in less than 12 hours. I think we have to manage expectations and make sure that he acclimates well. He’s done that. He’s coming in, getting to know the team. But to throw him out there for more than that would’ve been unfair to him.
“But that’s the kind of game we want him to fight for headers. He was all by himself on an island with one striker and Saer out wide just to open up the defense. But I think you’re going to see more goals like he scored where it’s a poachers goal. He’s offside on the first part of the build up, but then he comes back onside and he fights off the goalkeeper and scores. Those are his kind of goals and we need someone who puts those away.”
The victory boosted the Revolution to 6-7-4 and 22 points, while the Red Bulls extended their winless streak at Gillette to 18 games (0-13-5).
The teams will meet again here on Sept. 22.
Jerry Bengston (left), pictured with coach Jay Heaps, could not have asked for a better MLS debut. Photo courtesy of the New England Revolution
Categories: Central America, Costa Rica, Honduras
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