Update: September 26, 2011

Revs return to host Seattle and open October with three straight home matches

Pat Phelan vs. Seattle Sounders FC

Photo Credit: 
Keith Nordstrom

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (5-13-12, 27 pts.) welcome Seattle Sounders FC (15-6-9, 54 pts.) to Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 1. The match will serve as the Revolution’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness night, while College Night and High School Night presented by Dean College will also take place with an assortment of pre- and in-game activities.

The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised regionally on Comcast SportsNet and will also be carried locally on the radio by 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Saturday’s match concludes the season series between the two teams. Seattle took the first game this season 2-1 on June 26 at CenturyLink Field, but has been unable to beat the Revs in both of its prior visits to New England since 2009.

SERIES INFORMATION VS. SEATTLE

Team Notes vs. Seattle

  • New England leads the all-time series between the two clubs with a 3-2-0 edge in five prior meetings
  • The Revs are 2-0-0 at Gillette Stadium, taking both previous meetings
  • Saturday’s match concludes the season series between the two teams in 2011 … Seattle took a 2-1 win at CenturyLink Field on June 26
  • The teams split the season series in 2010, each winning on its home field … after Seattle earned a 3-0 win at Qwest Field in June, the Revs replied with a 3-1 victory at Gillette Stadium in September
  • In four of the teams’ five meetings, the clubs have combined to score at least three goals, with only a single one-goal match played between the two teams – the first-ever contest in 2009
  • The Revs swept the season series in 2009 – Seattle’s first year in MLS – going 2-0-0 … that year, New England was one of only two MLS teams to win at the Sounders’ Qwest Field
  • In 2009, the Revs were the only MLS team to sweep their first-ever season-series with the Sounders, with wins on Aug. 20 in Seattle and Sept. 26 in Foxborough ... additionally, Seattle’s only two losses in their final 10 games that year came at the hands of the Revolution

Player Notes vs. Seattle

  • Shalrie Joseph has scored three goals against the Sounders, to co-lead all MLS players (past and present) in goals against Seattle … he is tied with Houston’s Geoff Cameron, Columbus’ Jeff Cunningham and D.C’s Chris Pontius with three goals … Joseph’s three goals came in the first two meetings between the teams, which included game-winning goals in the two games in 2009
  • Sainey Nyassi recorded his first goal of 2011 and first against the Sounders in the third minute on June 26, 2011
  • Kheli Dube and Chris Tierney have also recorded goals against Seattle, with both coming in last September’s game at Gillette Stadium … Tierney’s goal was his first-career goal
  • Benny Feilhaber has recorded one assist in one game against the Sounders, as he assisted Sainey Nyassi’s goal earlier this season
  • Kevin Alston and Shalrie Joseph are the only two active Revs players who have recorded assists against Seattle, both coming in the September 2010 match at Gillette Stadium
  • Matt Reis is 3-1-0 all time against Seattle with an 1.00 goals against average and one shutout
  • Bobby Shuttleworth made his first-ever MLS start at Seattle on June 5, 2010, taking the loss in the 3-0 defeat
  • Two former members of the Revolution – defender James Riley and forward Pat Noonan – are Seattle teammates

TEAM NOTES

Prepare for Pink
Saturday’s match is the Revs’ annual Breast Cancer Awareness night, and the team has partnered with Making Strides for Breast Cancer, We Got Soccer and adidas for the evening … during the game, the teams will use a pink adidas Jabulani ball, and all Revs players will have pink ribbon patches on their jerseys and wear pink armbands, while selected players will also wear pink cleats and pink shoelaces … Revs goalkeeper Matt Reis will also adorn a pink adidas goalkeepers uniform in addition to pink goalkeeper gloves … additionally, the referees, coaching staffs and broadcasters will also wear pink scarves and pins … after the match, an online auction at biddingforgood.com will be held with game-worn and autographed pink merchandise, as well as high-profile items donated by We Got Soccer … at the match, Making Strides for Breast Cancer will be on site collecting donations from fans, and also conducting an in-game raffle for exclusive items.

Youth Program among Nation’s Best
The Revolution’s youth development program has been rated among the country’s top seven programs in the country – and the top-rated program in New England - according to the U.S. Soccer Federation … following the completion of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s 2010-11 season, the Revolution received a 3.5-star rating for its U.S. Soccer evaluation … of the 78 clubs in the Development Academy, the Revolution is among only six programs to receive a 3.5 mark – with only one club having scored higher at 4.0 … the program is under the direction of Bryan Scales, Director of Youth Development, and the program is run under the auspices of Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns.

Sound Off 1-2
The Revs look to extend their unbeaten streak at home against the Sounders on Saturday … Seattle owns the series edge 3-2-0 in the five all-time meetings, but has been unable to secure a point in the two matches in New England … the Revs took the first-ever meeting at Gillette Stadium, 2-1, in 2009 and scored three times in a 3-1 home win over Seattle in 2010.

Something About Seattle for Shalrie
In just five meetings between the two teams, Shalrie Joseph has three career goals against Seattle, two of which have been game-winning strikes … after three tallies in the first two meetings in 2009, should Joseph return to his scoring ways, he would claim sole possession of the all-time lead in opponents’ goals against Seattle … currently, he is tied with Houston’s Geoff Cameron, Columbus’ Jeff Cunningham and D.C’s Chris Pontius with three goals.

Coria Unavailable Saturday
Franco Coria will miss Saturday’s match against Seattle while serving a mandatory one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation … Coria picked up his fifth yellow card on Sunday in Chicago … in 16 appearances this season, Coria’s five cautions are second on the club behind Shalrie Joseph’s six cautions.

Revs Home for Three Straight to Open October
The Revs return to Gillette Stadium this week as they prepare for three straight home matches, the team’s longest homestand of the year … in a similar homestand in 2010, the Revs went 0-2-1 after playing host for three straight on April 24 (2-1 loss vs. Colorado), May 1 (1-1 draw against FC Dallas) and May 5 (4-0 loss to Chivas USA).

Feeling That Guy’s Presence
Ryan Guy scored twice on Sunday at Chicago, good for his first two career MLS goals … Guy, who has appeared in the last four games (since Sept. 7 at Philadelphia), earned his second start of the season and nearly brought the Revs back even with his late rally with goals in the 90th and second minute of stoppage time … his brace moved him into a four-way tie for fourth on the team in scoring team … he is the 16th player to score a goal this year, and is one of seven players with multiple goals in 2011.

No Red Cards Since August
After seeing red cards six times in nine games during July and August and moving into the league’s lead in the category, the Revs have now played ejection-free soccer for more than one month … the team’s last red card came on August 20 after Kenny Mansally picked up his second yellow against New York … however, the Revs went the entire month of September – the first 30 day stretch since June – without having a player sent off.

Still Not Officially Down and Out
Despite Sunday’s loss in Chicago, the Revs still have not officially been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention because of the continued potential for multiple teams to finish the year on 39 points … the Revs fail to advance to the playoffs for the second year in a row if:

  • The Revs fail to win against Seattle, or
  • D.C. defeats Philadelphia on the road on Thursday night, or
  • New York wins or ties Toronto on the road on Saturday night, or
  • Portland defeats Vancouver on the road on Sunday

Fighting for Wins to Avoid Futility
Even with the likelihood that the team will miss out on the postseason for the second time in as many seasons, with four games remaining – and three straight at home – in the 2011 campaign, the Revs will look to secure as many wins as they can to improve their five-win record … the Revs’ record for futility was set in 2001, when the team recorded seven wins in the shortened 27-game season.

College Night
Saturday night is also the team’s annual College Night … students from all over New England will be in attendance, with game ticket specials and a special Party Deck area … tickets cost $15 for students and can be purchased HERE.

High School Night
Also on Saturday, the annual High School Night sponsored by Dean College, will also be held … high school teams and groups from all over New England will be treated to activities on the concourse in a special area, including sampling and discount offers from sponsors and partners … teams will have the opportunity to go on the field after the game, and have a meet and greet with 16-year-old Revs midfielder Diego Fagundez.

2012 Season Tickets Now on Sale
Season tickets for the 2012 season are now on sale through the Revolution sales staff at 1-877-GET-REVS or revolutionsoccer.net … discounted 18-game packages start at $234 for seats in The Fort, and $288 for seats along the sideline through Nov. 18 … new season seats are available in all price categories (Presidents Club, The Putnam Club, Category I, Category II, Category III and The Fort) … discounts will end on Nov. 19 … season ticket packages include private meet-the-team events, reserved VIP parking with tailgating, a dedicated service team, reduced ticket prices for add-on tickets, the Ticket Exchange program, referral program and an exclusive Season Ticket Holder newsletter, among other amenities.