Revolution Update: May 24, 2010

NEW ENGLAND VS. NEW YORK SERIES INFORMATION

  • The Revs lead the all-time, regular-season series with the New York Red Bulls (formerly the New York/New Jersey MetroStars), 24-16-11 … the Revs are 16-4-4 against New York in Foxborough – including 9-1-3 at Gillette Stadium – while they’re 8-12-7 on the road in regular-season play.
  • The Revolution is undefeated against New York in the teams’ last 13 regular-season meetings (7-0-6) dating back to the end of the 2005 season … New York’s last victory in the regular-season series came on Sept. 17, 2005 – a 5-4 victory at Giants Stadium.
  • The Revs are 8-0-3 in their last 11 home games against the Red Bulls dating back to 2002 … New York hasn’t won in Foxborough since June 29, 2002 – a 2-0 win in the club’s first-ever visit to Gillette Stadium.
  • New England’s home winning percentage of .667 (16-4-4) against the Red Bulls is the club’s best home winning percentage against any team it has faced more than five times in Foxborough … the Revs are 3-0-1 at home against Chivas USA and 3-0-0 against Toronto FC.
  • Saturday night’s match is the first of two meetings between the Revs and Red Bulls this season … the Revolution will travel to New York for its season finale on Oct. 21.
  • This will mark the 60th all-time meeting between the Revolution and Red Bulls in MLS regular-season, postseason and match-play action combined, representing the most games the Revs have played against any team.
  • New England and New York have met in the postseason three times – all since 2003 – and the Revs have eliminated New York on each occasion … the clubs most recent playoff encounter was in the 2007 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
  • The two clubs also met earlier this month when the Revolution made its first trip to Red Bull Arena for a U.S. Open Cup play-in game … the Red Bulls defeated the Revs, 3-0, to eliminate New England from USOC play.

PLAYER NOTES VS. NEW YORK

  • Taylor Twellman is New England’s all-time leading scorer against New York with 14 goals, while he’s also added five assists in 19 appearances.
  • Shalrie Joseph is New England’s all-time leader in games played (22) and minutes (1,973) against New York … Joseph has also been productive in his career against New York, with two goals scored and six assists.
  • Matt Reis is 10-2-7 in his Revolution career against the Red Bulls, posting a 1.21 goals against average and six shutouts … Reis will miss Saturday’s game as he continues to recover from offseason shoulder and knee surgeries.
  • Preston Burpo’s only regular-season appearance against the New York Red Bulls came in 2008 when he was a member of the Colorado Rapids … Burpo picked up the 5-4 win for Colorado and made four saves in what is tied for the third highest-scoring game in MLS history.

LAST REGULAR SEASON MEETING
New England 1, New York 1
Sept. 18, 2009 – Giants Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)

The Revolution extended its unbeaten streak against the Red Bulls to 13 regular-season games dating back to 2005 with a 1-1 draw in the Revs final appearance at Giants Stadium. Sainey Nyassi put the Revs in front early with a spectacular individual effort in the 13th minute. New England held the lead into the second half until John Wolyniec came up with the equalizer in the 69th minute. Though he did not pick up the win, Reis reached another milestone that day, becoming the fifth player in Revolution history to play 15,000 minutes for the club.

NEWS & NOTES

REVS LOOK TO CLOSE OUT BUSY MONTH ON A WINNING NOTE
The busy month of May is finally winding down for the Revolution this week, as the club plays only one game for the first time in the last four weeks … New England has already played seven games this month and is winless (0-5-2) in five MLS matches, one U.S. Open Cup match and one international friendly … the Revs prep for their fifth home game overall in the month, but have also traveled a combined 2,600 miles to Columbus, Ohio, Harrison, N.J., and Toronto, Ontario.

ONE-THIRD DOWN, TWO-THIRDS TO GO
With 10 games played so far in the 2010 MLS season, the Revs have reached the one-third mark of the season … the Revs complete the first third of the season with a 2-6-2 mark and are the only club in the Eastern Conference to play 10 regular-season contests to this point, in addition to a USOC match and an international friendly … four clubs from the Western Conference have also played 10 games already (Los Angleles, Houston, Seattle and Chivas USA).

RED BULL GIVES YOU WINS
As the Revolution looks to break out of its winless streak, New York may be the perfect club against whom the Revs to do it … in addition to a 24-16-11 all-time regular-season record against New York, the Revs boast a 13 game unbeaten streak against the Red Bulls going back to the 2005 season … even more encouraging for New England is the fact that the club plays at home this weekend where the Revolution is 9-1-3 against New York since Gillette Stadium opened in 2002 … New York’s only victory at Gillette Stadium came during its first-ever visit to the Razor in 2002.

RED BULLS ALSO LOOKING FOR A SPARK
After beginning the season with a blistering 5-1-0 start, the New York Red Bulls are also in somewhat of a rut … New York is 0-3-0 in its last three MLS matches with only one goal scored in that stretch … the Red Bulls have been outscored 8-1 in those three games and have surrendered a season high four goals and three goals in two of those matches … prior to the stretch the New York defense had not let up more than one goal in any game.

RED BULLS EQUAL REVS MOST FAMILIAR FOE
Saturday’s meeting between the Red Bulls and Revolution marks the 60th all-time match between the two clubs, including both regular and post season, as well as U.S. Open Cup matches … the 60 meetings represent the greatest total of matches the Revs have played against any opponent … the Revs second most common opponent is D.C. United, against whom New England has played 59 times … United is New England’s most common regular-season opponent, with 53 meetings between the teams … the Revs have played the Red Bulls 51 times in the regular season.

BUSIER THAN THE REVS?
Reading the Revolution’s schedule this month may make your head spin, but the New York Red Bulls have been just as occupied in May and closes out the month with a serious stretch of matches … New York also has eight games on tap for May, but has tabled four of the games for a 10-day stretch late in the month (May 20-29) … the Revolution, on the other hand, is enjoying its first “normal” week since April with only one game, whereas the Red Bulls played Juventus on Sunday (May 23) and face Colorado in Open Cup play on Wednesday (May 26) before travelling to Foxborough for a Saturday (May 29) tilt to close out its crazy May.

MUCH NEEDED BREAK ON THE HORIZON
After playing eight games in May, the Revolution’s schedule is scaled back dramatically in June with only three games on tap – including just two league contests … MLS has scheduled a two-week break in the middle of June for World Cup group play action… but before New England can rest its weary legs, the club travels to the West Coast for the third time this year with a match at Seattle on Saturday, June 5 … the Revs then head into the World Cup break, but will host Brazilian powerhouse Cruzeiro on Sunday, June 13, in the team’s second international friendly match in as many months … following the match with Cruzeiro, New England will enjoy its first weekend off in more than three months and rest up for arch-rival Chicago Fire, which visits Gillette Stadium on Sunday, June 27.

RETURN OF THE CAPTAIN
Even with the loss at Toronto on Saturday, the Revs had a very important piece of the team puzzle return to the lineup … Shalrie Joseph rejoined his teammates on foreign soil after missing five league matches on a personal leave of absence … Joseph also captained the club for the second time this season in only his second appearance, both of which came against Toronto FC … the eight-year veteran also missed time early in the season with a hip injury, so a healthy return to the midfield will certainly help stabilize a club that has been lacking in possession, as Joseph is lauded as one of the best ball winners in Major League Soccer.

NEW ENGLAND DOUBLE DIPS FOR THIRD TIME THIS SEASON
Saturday evening’s match between the Revolution and Red Bulls will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet and Galavision, marking the third game in 2010 that a Revs game will be jointly broadcast on a Spanish network … the Revs have appeared on Fox Sports en Espanol twice already this season - the season opener against LA Galaxy and the May 8 match at Columbus, both times in conjunction with Fox Soccer Channel.

REVS LACK ATTACK
Much has been made about how busy the Revolution has been this May, and the hectic schedule has certainly taken its toll, but the Revs have now not won a match outright since April 10 … one glaring reason for drought of W’s is New England’s lack of offense in the stretch since its last victory … the Revs are 0-5-2 in their last five MLS matches and have scored only four goals in those seven games … New England has been shut out in four of those games and scored multiple goals only once, a 3-2 loss at Columbus on May 8.

SCORELESS STREAK CONTINUES
The 1-0 loss to Toronto FC on Saturday afternoon marked the second consecutive game in which the Revolution have not found the back of the net … the Revs have not scored in five consecutive halves, a stretch of 230 consecutive minutes … that scoreless streak is the eighth longest in MLS play this season and if non-league matches are included, the Revolution has not scored a goal in 410 straight minutes of play … the combined time without tallying would be the longest in MLS this season if non-league games were included.

IF HISTORY IS ANY GUIDE…
The Revolution is winless in seven consecutive MLS matches, but twice in recent memory has the club gone through a similar stretch and still qualified for the postseason … the Revs went 0-2-5 in May and June of 2006 and 0-5-4 in July and August of 2003 … the Revs endured those tough stretches in both seasons to make the playoffs … the team went as far as the Eastern Conference Finals in 2003 and all the way to the MLS Cup Final in 2006 … in both cases though, New England coasted on seven-game unbeaten streaks to close out the regular season.

MAKING STRONG OFFERS
The Revolution has three of its players ranked in MLS’ top ten for shots on goal percentage … Chris Tierney (6-of-8), Zack Schilawski (6-of-9) and Kheli Dube (10-of-16) have landed a combined 66.7 percent (22-of-33) of their shots on target, the best of any MLS club … additionally, Dube is one of only two players in MLS to have double-digit shots land on goal this season … the other is Philly’s Sebastian Le Toux, who has shot 13-of-18 attempts on frame …the team ranks sixth in the league with 43.1 (44-of-102) percent of its shots landed on net.

NEW ENGLAND STRUGGLES IN CLOSE GAMES
The Revolution has lost six games this season, but has been in many games until the final whistle … the Revs are 0-4-0 in one-goal games in 2010, and have come from behind to win only once this year … additionally, the team has not been able to threaten late in the match, holding an 0-5-0 record when trailing at the 75 minute mark.

BURPO CONTINUES TO STAND TALL
One reason the Revs are close in so many games has been the outstanding play of its goalkeeper, Preston Burpo … Burpo slowly climbed the charts in the last month to take the MLS saves lead and remains in front this week with 43 saves on the season … Burpo also ranks highly in save percentage, currently sitting sixth in the league with a .729 save percentage, saving 43 of the 59 shots he has faced in 2010.

YOUTH UPDATE
The New England Revolution Academy teams have both qualified for the 2010 playoffs, marking the first time in the program’s brief two-year history the squads have reached the postseason … the Under-16s qualified by winning its division and continued to roll with a 4-2 victory over the Greater Boston Bolts on Wednesday night … the Under-18s followed suit with a 1-1 draw against the Bolts and also qualified for the postseason following the weekend’s results throughout the division … both clubs now prepare to travel to Sarasota, Fla., on Memorial Day Weekend for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s showcase event.