Weekly Update: July 2

Revs host New York on Sunday night

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Undefeated in its last four games, the New England Revolution (5-7-4, 19 pts.) will play the second game in a three-game home stand this Sunday, July 8, when the team hosts the New York Red Bulls (9-4-4, 31 pts.) at Gillette Stadium at 7 p.m.

Comcast SportsNet will televise the game regionally, while Galavision will also broadcast a Spanish-language show nationally. 98.5 The Sports Hub will carry the game on the radio.

Saturday’s match is the second of three regular-season games between the two teams this season. New York defeated the Revs, 1-0, on April 28, at Red Bull Arena. The teams will meet a final time on Sept. 22, at Gillette Stadium.

SERIES INFORMATION VS New York Red Bulls

Team Notes vs. New York

  • The Revs lead the all-time, regular-season series with the New York Red Bulls (formerly the New York/New Jersey MetroStars), 25-19-12 … the Revs had success at home against New York, holding a 17-4-5 mark in Foxborough – including a 10-1-4 record at Gillette Stadium
  • New England enters Sunday’s match riding a 14-game, regular-season undefeated streak (10-0-4) at Gillette Stadium against New York, dating back 2002
  • Sunday’s game will mark the 65th all-time meeting between the Revolution and Red Bulls in MLS regular-season, postseason and tournament action combined, which is tied for the most meetings against any opponent in Revs history … the Revs have also played D.C. United 65 total times
  • Sunday’s match is the second of three matches between the two clubs this season … the teams will meet again on Sept. 22 at Gillette Stadium … earlier this season, New York defeated the Revs, 1-0, on Thierry Henry seventh-minute goal at Red Bull Arena in the first meeting of the season on April 28
  • In 2011, New York won the season series for the first time since the team re-branded in 2006 … the Red Bulls defeated the Revolution, 2-1, on June 10 at Red Bull Arena before playing to a 2-2 draw on Aug. 20 at Gillette Stadium
  • New York’s 1-0 win at Red Bull Arena on June 10, 2011 marked the Red Bulls’ second win in a row against New England … previously, the Revs posted a 14-game, regular-season unbeaten streak (8-0-6) against the New York club, dating back to the end of the 2005 season
  • The Revs have won just one game in the teams’ five meetings – a 3-2 win on May 29, 2010 … in that span, the Revs are 1-3-1
  • Four of the last five games have been one-goal games or draws, dating back to May 29, 2010 … the largest margin of victory in that span was a 2-0 Red Bulls victory on Oct. 21, 2010 … in those four games, the Revs are 1-2-1
  • 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 Semifinal Series, which the Revs won, 1-0, on aggregate

Player Notes vs. New York

  • Shalrie Joseph, a New York product, is the team’s active leader in scoring against New York with two goals and eight assists in 27 games
  • Three other current players – Zak Boggs, Sainey Nyassi and Clyde Simms – have also scored single goals against New York
  • Matt Reis (1) and Chris Tierney (1) have ach recorded assists against New York
  • Zak Boggs recorded the Revs’ first-ever goal at Red Bull Arena in the 2-1 loss on June 10, 2011
  • After Shalrie Joseph’s 27 appearances, Matt Reis’ 23 appearances and Clyde Simms 19 appearances, no other player has made more than nine appearances against New York
  • Matt Reis is 11-4-7 in his Revolution career against the Red Bulls, posting a 1.20 goals against average and seven shutouts
  • Bobby Shuttleworth is 1-1-1 in his Revolution career against New York, with a 1.95 goals against average … Shuttleworth – a native of Tonawanda, New York (a Buffalo suburb) – made the start in the 2-2 draw against the Red Bulls on Aug 20, 2011, at Gillette Stadium, while Matt Reis served a red-card suspension

TEAM NOTES

Get “Scooped” By Feilhaber Friday

Fans have a chance to kick off the holiday weekend right on Friday, July 6, with a scoop of ice cream served by Benny Feilhaber … Feilhaber will step behind the counter at the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop on Newbury St., in Boston (174 Newbury St., between Dartmouth and Exeter Streets) and scoop customers’ orders between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m … as if ice cream wasn’t incentive enough, all of Feilhaber’s tips, and 25 percent of all sales during that two-hour window, will be donated to Boston Children’s Hospital … for more info, click HERE.

Diego Bobblehead Night Sunday

He may stand at just 5-foot-8, but fans can take home an even smaller version of Diego Fagundez on Sunday night at the New England-New York match … fans can pick up their commemorative Fagundez bobblehead, while supplies last, when the gates open ... for more info, click HERE.

MLS Futbolito Returns Sunday

Hundreds of soccer players from all over the region will be in action on Sunday, July 8, when MLS Futbolito, the official 4-v-4 tournament of Major League Soccer, returns to the New England area ... MLS Futbolito is being presented locally by MetroPCS. ... the highlight of the tournament comes that evening, when championship match will be played on the game field during halftime of the Revolution’s match against the New York Red Bulls.

Tough Home Twosome Coming Up

The Revs will play two games in seven days this week, with matches scheduled on Sunday and Saturday … on Sunday, July 8, New England hosts New York, before wrapping up its three-game home stand against the rejuvenated Toronto FC squad on Saturday, July 14 … the two matches are the team’s last two home matches in July, and their last until August 4 when the team hosts Kansas City … the Revs will wrap July on the road with three matches: at Montreal on July 18, at Kansas City on July 21 and at Philadelphia on July 29.

NY-NE Rivalry Resumes Sunday

Sunday’s match will mark the second of three matches this season against New York – the Revs’ most-played opponent all time, tied with D.C. … the Revs have played the Red Bulls (formerly the MetroStars) on 64 previous occasions, including 56 times in MLS regular-season action … the Revs lead the all-time, regular-season series, 25-19-12, and have a 17-4-5 record at Gillette Stadium against New York.

Not-So Lazy Sundays

When the Revs host the Red Bulls on Sunday, the match will mark New England’s first Sunday match of the year … since the beginning of the 2010 season, the Revs have struggled in Sunday games, posting a 1-5-1 mark on Sundays, including a 0-4-1 record in 2011 … the Revs lone-win on a Sunday in the past three seasons was a 2-1 victory at Houston on Oct. 10, 2010.

Eastern Conference Battles Return

The Revolution returns to a full slate of Eastern Conference opponents this week after hosting Seattle last Saturday … in a 15-game stretch that began on May 15 and extends until August 25, the Revs play 14 matches against Eastern Conference teams … the Revs’ next match against a Western Conference team is on August 29 when New England hosts Chivas USA at Gillette Stadium.

Unbeaten June

With the 2-2 draw against Seattle on Saturday, the Revs have extended their unbeaten streak to a season-high four games (1-0-3) … the Revs were one of two MLS teams to go unbeaten in June, joining San Jose (3-0-0) … the unbeaten June was the team’s second in club history and first since the Revs went 1-0-3 in June 2001.

Tough To Beat at Home

Sunday’s match will test the Revs’ five-game, home unbeaten streak (2-0-3) which dates back to May 2 against Colorado … the five-game unbeaten streak is the club’s longest of the season and first five-game home unbeaten streak since 2008 … that season, the team recorded a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) from May 11 to June 18 … the team’s longest unbeaten streak at home is 11 games as the Revs went 7-0-4 at Gillette Stadium from April 2 to June 11, 2005.

Stoppage-Time Sorcerers

The Revolution recorded another game-tying goal in the 94th minute on Saturday, as Diego Fagundez headed home Fernando Cardenas’ cross … Saturday’s come-from-behind result marked the first time in club history that the team scored stoppage-time equalizers in back-to-back games … on Saturday, June 23, Chris Tierney secured a come-from-behind draw with a goal in the 94th minute at Toronto.

No “Shortage” of Scorers

On Saturday night, two of the shortest players on the Revs’ roster – Fernando Cardenas (five-foot-four) and Diego Fagundez (five-foot-eight) – combined for the Revs’ equalizing goal in stoppage time … Cardenas sent a cross in from the left wing, and found Fagundez behind the six-foot-three Saer Sène at the top of the six-yard box … Fagundez headed the ball past Seattle goalkeeper Bryan Meredith to knot the score at 2-2 and extend the Revs’ unbeaten streak to four games.

Spreading the Wealth

With his goal on Saturday against Seattle, Diego Fagundez became the team’s 11th different goal scorer this season … in 2011, 16 different Revolution players – including Fagundez – scored goals in the 34-game season.

Freaky Fagundez Scoring Note

Diego Fagundez has scored three goals in his career, with two coming against Seattle … in addition to the stoppage-time equalizer on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium, Fagundez also scored a goal against the Sounders on Oct. 1, 2011 … coincidently, both of Fagundez’s goals against Seattle were headed goals, coming from the five-foot-eight player … Fagundez scored his other career goal – his first career strike – on Aug. 6, 2011, against Chivas USA.

Cardenas with Clutch Assists

Fernando Cardenas recorded his second assist of the season on Diego Fagundez’s stoppage-time equalizer on Saturday … Cardenas has now recorded the game-tying assist in back-to-back games after he earned a secondary assist on Chris Tierney’s 94th-minute goal at Toronto on June 23 … with two assists, Cardenas ranks third on the team in assists, tied with Saer Sène and Lee Nguyen.

Saer Returns to Scoring Ways

After a three-game scoring drought, Saer Sène returned to the scoring column on Saturday against Seattle … his 12th minute goal was his first goal since striking at D.C. United on May 26 … Sène’s goal was his eighth of the season … he enters the week tied with Toronto’s Danny Koevermans for sixth in MLS in goals.

Sène Matches Recent Scoring Marks

With eight goals already this season, Saer Sène has matched the team’s single-season scoring highs from the last four years … in 2008 (Steve Ralston, Taylor Twellman), 2009 (Kheli Dube, Shalrie Joseph) and 2011 (Shalrie Joseph), the team’s leading scorer for the season also scored eight goals ... Sène had already passed the 2010 season-high (Marko Perovic, 6).

Brettschneider Basks in Box Score

Blake Brettschneider has featured in a Revolution goal in each of the last two games … after scoring the team’s first goal at Toronto on June 23, Brettschneider assisted Saer Sene’s goal – also the team’s first - on Saturday … Brettschneider now has two goals and one assist on the season … in the three games in which he’s factored in scoring, Brettschneider has been involved in the Revs’ first goal of the game … his first goal of the year came on May 5 at Real Salt Lake, the team’s only goal in that game … Brettschneider’s assist on Sène’s goal on Saturday was his first as a member of the Revolution.

A Tale of Two Teams

Any observer can see the Revs are a different team from the one that took the field a year ago, and it stems from new head coach Jay Heaps’ attacking mantra ... a look at the team comparisons from the 2011 squad and the 2012 squad - through 16 games - tells the story a team this year that attacks, pushes the game and goes all out:

Category: 2012 // 2011

Record: 5-7-4 // 3-7-6

Goals: 22 // 12

Assists: 20 // 10

Goal Differential: 0 // -7

Shots on Goal: 97 // 60

Passes Attempted: 6,950 // 5,268

Passes Attempted per Game: 434 // 329

Passes Completed: 5,226 // 3,775

Passes Completed per Game: 327 // 236

Passing Percentage: 75.2 // 71.7

Duels Won Percentage: 51.0 // 49.9

Fouls Committed: 169 // 223

Fouls Suffered: 237 // 204

Getting Knocked Down and Around

The Revs suffered a season-high 20 fouls in Saturday’s match against Seattle, bringing the team’s total fouls suffered to 238 in 16 games (14.88 per game) to rank second in MLS … FC Dallas leads MLS in fouls suffered with 245 in 17 games (14.41) … in the team’s last eight games - since May 5 at Real Salt Lake - the Revs have suffered at least 14 fouls in each game.

Revs Behaving Well

While the Revolution have become adept at drawing fouls this season, the team has become just as conscientious about not doling out fouls … the Revs have committed an MLS-low 168 fouls this season (10.5 per game) and have only been cautioned 17 times, also an MLS low … the Revs have played five caution-free games this season – second in MLS behind Houston (6) … additionally, the team has committed fewer than 10 fouls in a game six times this season, tied with Chicago for second in MLS behind D.C. (7).

Reserves Return to Action

The Revolution reserves (2-2-2, 8 pts.) return to action on Sunday against the New York Red Bulls reserves (1-1-1, 4 pts.), immediately following the first-team match … the Revolution reserves last played to a 1-1 draw at Toronto on June 23 and sit second in the Eastern Division of the Reserve League behind Columbus (4-2-0, 12 pts.) … Sunday’s match will not be open to the public.

YOUTH UPDATE

U18 Playoffs Summary

At last week’s U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs, the Revs’ Under-18 team finished fourth in their group with an overall record of 0-2-1, and did not advance to Finals Week … during the tournament, the U18s drew the New York Red Bulls, 1-1 (June 25) and suffered a 4-3 loss to Chivas USA (June 26), before falling to Charlotte Soccer Academy, 3-1 (June 28) … the U18s qualified for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs for the second time in three years (2010, 2012) this season.

U16 Playoffs Summary

The Revolution’s Under-16s also finished fourth in their group at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs, with an overall record of 0-2-1 … they did not advance to Finals Week … during the tournament, the U16s drew Albertson SC, 2-2 (June 26), and suffered a 3-0 loss to Pateadores (June 27), before losing, 3-1 loss to the Dallas Texans (June 29) … the U16s made their third consecutive trip to the Playoffs (2010, 2011 and 2012) this season.

U18 Season Summary

The Under-18 team closed out the season with a 12-10-4 (40 pts.) overall record … with a 6-3-1 (19 pts.) division record, the U18s finished second in the Northeast Division of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s East Conference … the U18s started the season especially strong, winning seven of its first nine games.

U16 Season Summary

The Under-16s finished the season with a 17-6-3 (54 pts.) overall record … with their 7-1-2 (23 pts.) divisional mark, the U16s finished second in the Northeast Division of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s East Conference … the U16s made a convincing push for the Playoffs, going undefeated in their last 10 matches before the playoffs, going 8-0-2 in that span.

2012-13 Tryouts Announced

The Revolution will hold tryouts for its newly-created Revolution Academy Under-14 team, as well as its existing Under-16 and Under-18 teams, at Gillette Stadium on Monday, July 2 … players born in the following years are eligible to try out: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 … there is no fee to try out, but all prospective players must register for the tryout no later than Sunday, July 1 … players who have not already registered will not be allowed to tryout on July 2.