It was a great day out for the 1,100 New England fans who made the trip to New York as they say their side win at Red Bull Arena for the first time ever.
The Revolution took the lead in the 17th minute when Bunbury cut in from the right flank and curled the ball past New York keeper Luis Robles.
Ten minutes later and the Red Bulls were back on terms when Wright-Phillips headed home after Peguy Luyindula’s shot, at the second attempt, came off the crossbar.
Thierry Henry’s good work set Wright-Phillips up with an opportunity just before the break but he couldn’t keep his header down.
And the Revs made the Red Bulls pays for there sloppiness in front of goal when with five minutes left, Jermaine Jones finished off a great counter attack with a tap in at the back post.
It was a bad day all around for New York as the league’s top scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips will miss the second leg after picking up a stupid yellow card.
Red Bulls star Thierry Henry has never played at Gillette because of the artificial surfaces and his long running achilles problem, but he will be their next week, although grudgingly, listening to his comments after to the game to MLSSoccer.com:
‘I’m playing. You happy?’
‘The only thing is, if my achilles don’t last, then I will be on holiday if we don’t go through,’
‘I’m sure guys wouldn’t care if I can walk or not after that. That’s just the way it is.’
Marcelo Sarvas’ goal seven minutes after half-time proved the difference between the teams at StubHub Center, but that was all the hosts could manage against the Supporters’ Shield winners, who were without Osvaldo Alonso (injury) and Lamar Neagle (personal reasons), and so will take only a slender lead into the decisive second leg on 30 November.