Weekly Update: May 21, 2012

Revs travel to face D.C. United on Saturday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (4-6-1, 13 pts.) returns to the road to face a surging D.C. United (7-4-3, 24 pts.) squad at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, May 26, at RFK Stadium.

Comcast SportsNet will televise the game while 98.5 The Sports Hub will carry the game on the radio.

Saturday’s match is the second of three regular-season meetings between the two teams in 2012, with a final road match scheduled for Sept. 15, at RFK Stadium. United defeated New England, 2-1, in the first meeting this season on April 14, at Gillette Stadium, behind an 82nd-minute go-ahead goal.

SERIES INFORMATION VS D.C. UNITED

Team information vs. D.C. United

  • Saturday’s match is the 58th all-time, regular-season meeting between the New England Revolution and D.C. United … this will be the 65th overall meeting between the two clubs, who have played four MLS Cup Playoff matches and three U.S. Open contests
  • D.C. leads the all-time, regular-season series between the two clubs, 26-23-8 ... the Revs are 8-16-4 at D.C., but have won the last two meetings at RFK Stadium
  • D.C. United defeated New England, 2-1, in the first of three meetings in 2012 at Gillette Stadium on April 14 … New England and United will meet once more this year, on Sept. 15, at RFK Stadium … this will mark the first time since 2008 that the teams will meet more than twice during the regular season
  • New England’s loss against D.C. United on April 14 snapped a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) against United since the start of the 2009 season ... last season, the Revs won their home opener, 2-1, on March 26, and later picked up their first road victory of the season, a 1-0 win at D.C., on July 20
  • The Revs’ 2011 series win marked the first time either team won three consecutive season series … United won the season series in back-to-back seasons in 1997-08 and 2003-04, while the Revs picked up their first consecutive season series wins in 2009 and 2010, before winning the season series again last year
  • Eight of the last nine meetings have resulted in one goal games … the Revs’ 2-0 win on April 3, 2010, was the largest advantage for either team during that stretch
  • The teams have met in three postseason series, with D.C. holding a 2-1-1 edge in those matches ... however, the Revs defeated United, 1-0, in the most recent playoff meeting on Nov. 5, 2006, to win the Eastern Conference Championship at RFK Stadium and earn a berth in the MLS Cup 2006

Player Notes vs. D.C. United

  • Shalrie Joseph has scored four goals in 26 career appearances against D.C. to lead all current Revolution players against D.C. United ... Joseph had an assist and the game-winning penalty kick on March 26, 2011
  • Stephen McCarthy has scored one goal in three career appearances against D.C. … McCarthy scored the lone goal – his first career game-winning goal – last season in the Revs’ 1-0 win at RFK Stadium on July 20, which snapped the team’s nine-game winless streak
  • Jose Moreno scored his first career goal in his first career start earlier this season against D.C. on April 14
  • Chris Tierney has recorded the game-winning assist in three of the last five meetings against D.C. … last season, Tierney assisted Stephen McCarthy in the game’s only goal on July 20, and picked up game-winning assists in both meetings with D.C. in 2010
  • Saer Sene and Lee Nguyen each recorded one assist in one appearance against D.C. earlier this season
  • Matt Reis is the Revs’ all-time leader in games played in goal (25) against United... Reis has a 9-10-6 record with the Revs against D.C., with five shutouts and a 1.40 goals against average
  • Clyde Simms made his first career appearance against his former club on April 14 … Simms made 182 appearances – including 147 starts – in seven seasons with D.C. United, from 2005-2011 … the Revs selected Simms in Stage 2 of the 2011 Re-Entry Process
  • Blake Brettschneider made 15 appearances in his rookie season with United in 2011, scoring one goal and recording two assists … the Revs signed Brettschneider on March 6, 2012 … he did not dress in the teams’ earlier meeting this season

TEAM NOTES

Second Time’s the Charm?

New England and D.C. will meet for the second time this season after United defeated the Revs, 2-1, on April 14 at Gillette Stadium … the loss snapped New England’s six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) against United since the start of the 2009 season … the loss is the only mar on New England’s 3-1-1 record in Foxborough so far this season … Saturday’s game marks the first time the Revs will meet an opponent for a second time this season. 

Having Shalrie for D.C. is Key

Shalrie Joseph is set to make his first appearance of the season against D.C., after missing the April 14 meeting while serving a one-game suspension handed down by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for a tackle on April 5 at Dallas … Joseph has four goals in 26 career appearances against D.C. and leads all current Revolution players in scoring against United … the April 14 match is the only game the Revolution captain has missed this season.

Still Searching for Win No. 1 vs. East

Following Saturday’s draw against Houston, the Revs are still winless against the Eastern Conference this year, going 0-3-1 so far … conversely, the Revs are 4-3-0 against the Western Conference this year … this coming Saturday’s match at D.C. will be the Revs’ fifth chance against an Eastern opponent in 2012.

Quick Trip and Chance to Improve Away Efforts

Saturday’s match at D.C. is the team’s only away game in a five-game span … the match is sandwiched on the schedule between back-to-back home games on May 12 and 19, and back-to-back home games on June 2 and June 16 … the Revs are 0-2-0 on the road against the East this year and 1-5-0 overall on road trips, with the lone win coming in the 3-1 win at LA on March 31 … the Revs will wrap up the month of May on the road before playing five of their next six games at home.

Finding the Goals this Month

After being shut out in four of their first seven games, the Revs have scored at least one goal in each of the last four games… the Revs are averaging 2.25 goals per game in the month of May (nine goals, four games), improving the club’s overall average to 1.27 goals per game … the team averaged 0.33 goals per game in April.

Saer’s Among League’s Best

With two goals on Saturday against Houston, Saer Sene now has six goals in 10 appearances … with six goals, Sène is now tied for fourth in MLS for goals with D.C.’s Maicon Santos (6) … Sene has scored four goals this month: vs. Colorado (May 2), vs. Vancouver (May 12) and two vs. Houston (May 19) … San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski leads MLS with 11 goals in 12 games played.

Saer on a Tear

With six goals this season, Saer Sene has emerged as the team’s leading scorer despite his newcomer status … in only 10 appearances, Sene has already matched 2010’s season goal leader – Marko Perovic – with six goals, and is challenging the team’s recent individual season goal-scoring highs … since 2007, no Revolution player has scored more than eight goals in a season … Sene is averaging 0.60 goals per game and, if his current pace holds, could record his ninth goal before the start of July.

Back-to-Back Braces for Revs

Saer Sene’s brace on Saturday marked the second consecutive game that a Revs player scored two goals, following Lee Nguyen’s two-goal performance on May 12 … the last time this happened was 2010, when Kenny Mansally’s two goals on April 3 at D.C. were followed by Zack Schilawski’s hat trick on April 10 against Toronto.

Late Goals Adding Up

The Revs conceded an 87th-minute goal on Saturday against Houston, forcing the first club draw of the season … the late goal was the club’s fourth goal allowed after the 75th minute the season … the team’s four goals allowed in the final 15-minute span of the game is MLS’ third-worst mark, trailing only Chivas USA and Portland, which have given up six goals against apiece in that span.

Late Goals Also Proving Costly

Three of the four goals the Revs have allowed after the 75th minute this season have cost the team four points … in addition to the two points dropped on Saturday against Houston, the Revs lost two more points in the final 15 minutes of play after conceding go-ahead goals two other times: a stoppage-time goal at Dallas, and an 82nd minute goal from D.C. on April 14.

Ryan Guy: The New “Mr. Versatility?”

Ryan Guy made his first career start in the central midfield on Saturday and has already played five positions this season: left midfield, right midfield, right back, forward and center midfield   ... with Chris Tierney, the team’s former poster child for versatility, finding a home at left back this season, Guy appears to be his heir apparent … the only two positions Guy has yet to play in his Revs career are goalkeeper and center back since he also played left back in reserve action in 2011.

Open Cup Opponent Decided Tuesday

The Revolution will begin play in the 2012 U.S. Open Cup next week and will face the winner of Tuesday’s Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) vs. Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) second-round match in Harrisburg, Pa …if Long Island upsets Harrisburg in the second round, the Revolution will host the Rough Riders at Harvard University’s Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium on Tuesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. … if Harrisburg tops Long Island, the Revolution will travel to Harrisburg, Pa., for their third-round match next Tuesday. 

YOUTH UPDATE

Under-18s

The Under-18s suffered a 1-0 loss to FC Greater Boston on Saturday, May 19, at Harvard University in Boston … the U18s are now 8-8-3 and are in fifth place in the Northeast Division of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s East Conference.

Under-16s

The Under-16s played FC Greater Boston to a 2-2 draw on Saturday, May 19, at Harvard … the U16s are now 11-6-2 and are in third place in the Northeast Division of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s East Conference.

The youth teams will face rivals FC Greater Boston in the back half of the teams’ home-and-away series on Monday, May 28, at the Fruit Street Athletic Field Complex in Hopkinton, Mass. The U18s will kick off at 10 a.m., followed by the U16s at 12:30 p.m.