Revolution Update: July 23, 2012

Revs complete three-game road trip on Sunday in Philadelphia

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (6-9-5, 23 pts.) completes a three-game road trip when the team travels to face the Philadelphia Union (6-10-2, 20 pts.) at PPL Park on Sunday, July 29, in a nationally-televised game on the NBC Sports Network.

The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff. While NBC Sports Network will televise the game nationally, 98.5 The Sports Hub will carry the game on the radio.

Sunday’s match is the first of three regular-season games between the two teams this season. The teams will play at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 1 and return to PPL Park on Oct. 6. Philadelphia won the regular-season series in 2011 after defeating the Revs, 3-0, on July 13 before the teams played to a 4-4 draw on September 7.

SERIES INFORMATION VS PHILADELPHIA UNION

Team Notes vs. Philadelphia

  • Philadelphia holds a 2-0-2 lead in the all-time series between the two clubs, dating back to the first meeting in 2010
  • The Revs are 0-0-2 all-time on the road against the Union … the clubs met for the first time at PPL Park on July 31, 2010, and played to a 1-1 draw before a thrilling 4-4 draw on Sept. 7, 2011
  • Sunday’s match is the first of three regular-season meetings between the two teams this year … the two teams will meet at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 1, before returning to PPL Park on Oct. 6
  • The Union won the regular-season series in 2011 and 2010 … in 2011, Philadelphia defeated New England, 3-0, on July 17 at Gillette Stadium before playing to a 4-4 draw on Sept. 7 … Philadelphia won the season series in 2010, going 1-0-1 against New England in its inaugural season
  • Three of the four meetings have been decided by come-from behind goals in the 70th minute or later … the first meeting on July 31, 2010, at PPL Park, the Revs used Marko Perovic’s 71st minute goal to equalize and secure a 1-1 draw … Union goals in the 82nd and 92nd minutes equalized, and then sealed a win, respectively, on August 28, 2010, at Gillette Stadium … Philadelphia stormed back with 80th and 91st minute goals to force a 4-4 draw on Sept. 7, 2011
  • The Revolution was the first team to earn a draw at PPL Park … Philadelphia was 2-1-0 at its new facility heading into the July 31, 2010 meeting with New England

Player Notes vs. Philadelphia

  • A.J. Soares and Benny Feilhaber are the only current Revolution players who have scored goal against Philadelphia … both players scored goals in last season’s 4-4 draw at PPL Park on Sept. 7, 2011
  • Chris Tierney has two career assists against Philadelphia, recording both on Sept. 7, 2011
  • Chris Tierney and Darrius Barnes are the only two active Revolution players who have appeared in all four previous meetings between the two teams
  • Only one other active player has factored in scoring against Philadelphia: Shalrie Joseph, who earned an assist on Aug. 28, 2010, at Gillette Stadium
  • Matt Reis is 0-1-2 in three starts against Philadelphia … most recently recorded six saves against Philly on Sept. 7, 2011, and has 13 saves against the Union in three meetings
  • Bobby Shuttleworth started against the Union on Aug. 28, 2010, and allowed two goals in the loss

TEAM NOTES

Catch the All-Star action on Wednesday in Boston

The MLS All-Stars will take on UEFA Champions League victor Chelsea FC on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, but fans in Boston can still get in on the fun festivities … Revolution players and the Rev Girls will be in attendance at a watch party at Cask and Flagon, across the street from Fenway Park, beginning at 8 p.m. ET … the event is for fans ages 21 and older and is the perfect destination for fans that might already be attending the Liverpool-AS Roma match at Fenway at 6:30 p.m.

Revs back in national audience spotlight again

Following the All-Star Game, the Revs return to action in their third match this season nationally-televised on the NBC Sports Network … the Revs fell to New York, 1-0, in their last match on NBC Sports on April 28 … in the club’s NBC Sports Network debut on March 31, the Revs erupted for two first-half goals to defeat LA, 3-1 … the Revs did not see much success in nationally-televised games between 2009 and 2011, posting a 4-12-6 record: 2-1-2 on ESPN2, 1-3-2 on the Univision family of networks (Univision, Telefutura and Galavision) and 1-8-2 on FOX Soccer.

Revs and Union Battle Until the Very End

In the four previous meetings between the Revs and Union, fans have gotten their money’s worth … three of the four meetings have been decided by come-from behind goals in the 70th minute or later … the first meeting on July 31, 2010, at PPL Park, the Revs used Marko Perovic’s 71st minute goal to equalize and secure a 1-1 draw … Union goals in the 82nd and 92nd minutes equalized, and then sealed a win, respectively, on August 28, 2010, at Gillette Stadium … Philadelphia stormed back with 80th and 91st minute goals to force a 4-4 draw on Sept. 7, 2011

No Brotherly Love Against Philly

Sunday’s match will be the Revolution’s first of three regular-season games against Philadelphia this season – a club against which New England is still winless, going 0-2-2 all-time against the Union … the Revs have found modest success in the two previous trips to PPL Park, earning draws in both trips … the clubs met for the first time at PPL Park on July 31, 2010, and played to a 1-1 draw, before playing to a 4-4 draw on Sept. 7, 2011.

Trio of Road Games Finishes With Trip to PPL Park

The Revs’ current three-game road swing – the team’s longest of the season – wraps up with a trip to Eastern Conference foe Philadelphia on Sunday … the Revs began the stretch of three road games last week with a mid-week loss to Montreal (2-1) before Saturday’s scoreless draw in Kansas City... after traveling directly from Montreal to Kansas City, the team returned home on Sunday to train for four days before the quick trip to Philadelphia for Sunday night’s matchup.

Revs Match Shutout Mark

The Revs secured a point on Saturday at Kansas City with a strong defensive performance in the scoreless draw at Kansas City … the shutout was the team’s fifth of the season, and Matt Reis’ fourth of 2012 … one year ago through 20 games, the Revs had posted four defensive shutouts, and finished the year with only five clean sheets … the team struggled to find shut out their opponents, recording just one defensive shutout in the final 14 games of the 2011 campaign – a 2-0 win against FC Dallas on Sept. 10.

July Scoring Slump

While the Revs posted their fifth defensive shutout on Saturday at Kansas City, the 0-0 draw also marked the team’s second attacking shutout of the month, after falling 1-0 to Toronto on July 14 … in the four games played so far in July, the Revs are 1-2-1 and have a scoring average of 0.75 goals per game … the team opened the month against New York (July 8) with a 2-0 win, its ninth multiple-goal game of the season, but have scored just one goal since – a Lee Nguyen strike in the 2-1 loss to Montreal on July 18.

All Tied Up and Twisted in Last Ten

Saturday’s draw at Kansas City was the team’s fifth of the season … after playing to a win or a loss in the first 10 games of the season, the Revs have earned five draws in the last 10 games … the Revs set a club record last season with 13 draws en route to a 5-16-13 record.

Backline Roster Boogie

Jay Heaps shook up the Revs backline on Saturday in Kansas City for the second straight game … Darrius Barnes started at left back while Chris Tierney – who had started there the previous 18 games – lined up at left midfield … Barnes earned his first start of the season at center back last Wednesday in Montreal in place of the injured Stephen McCarthy, who missed the mid-week match with concussive-like symptoms stemming from a hit on July 14 against Toronto.

Captain Joseph Returns

Shalrie Joseph returned to the starting lineup at Kansas City on Saturday – his first start since the June 30 match against Seattle, at Gillette Stadium … Joseph came off the bench in two straight games (July 8 vs. New York and July 14 vs. Toronto), and suffered from back stiffness and did not dress last Wednesday at Montreal … during that three-game stretch, Clyde Simms wore the captain’s armband.

Reis Among Elite in Saves and Saves Percentage

Following a six save effort at Kansas City, Matt Reis returned to the league’s top 10 in saves and saves percentage … Reis’ 57 saves rank eighth in MLS, behind league-leader Matt Pickens of Colorado … in 18 starts, Reis has stopped 57 of 82 shots he’s faced – a 69.5 saves percentage – which also ranks eighth in the league.

Alston Could Reach Career Milestone on Sunday

Kevin Alston enters this week with 99 career appearances – all starts – and could record his 100th start in the same number of appearances on Sunday in Philadelphia … with one more start, Alston would become the first player drafted in the first round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft to record 100 appearances and starts … Alston recorded 26 starts in his rookie season and made 22 starts in 2010 before starting 33 of the team’s 34 games in 2011.