Weekly Update: July 30, 2012

Revs return home to face Sporting KC in Gillette Stadium double header on Saturday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (6-10-5, 23 pts.) returns home this week to face Sporting Kansas City (11-7-4, 37 pts.) at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, August 4, at Gillette Stadium in the second game of a special international soccer doubleheader. Italian giant AC Milan will face Honduras power Olimpia in the first game, kicking off at 4:30 p.m.

The Revolution match 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 against Kansas City will mark the third and final time that the clubs meet this season. The two teams played to a 0-0 draw on July 21 in Kansas City, while Sporting KC shut out the Revs, 3-0, in the first meeting of the season on March 17, at Livestrong Sporting Park.

SERIES INFORMATION VS SPORTING KANSAS CITY

Team Notes vs. Sporting Kansas City

  • Kansas City leads the all-time, regular-season series between the two teams, 21-13-10
  • Saturday night’s match will be the 45th regular-season meeting between the two teams, and the fifth since Kansas City was re-branded Sporting Kansas City ahead of the 2011 season
  • The Revs are 7-10-5 all-time against Kansas City in Foxborough, including a 3-7-5 record at Gillette Stadium
  • Saturday will the third and final meeting between the teams this season … the two teams played to a 0-0 draw on July 21 while Sporting KC shut out the Revs, 3-0, in the first meeting of the season on March 17, at Livestrong Park
  • In the two previous meetings this season, the Revs have been held scoreless … Rajko Lekic scored the Revs last goal scored against KC on July 30, 2011, at Livestrong Sporting Park
  • The Revs are 2-1-2 in their last five meetings with Kansas City dating back to Oct. 16, 2010 … prior to that stretch, New England went winless (0-5-1) in six matches dating back to Oct. 11, 2008
  • New England won the 2011 regular-season series with a 3-2 Revs win at home on April 23 and a 1-1 draw on July 30, New England’s first trip to Livestrong Sporting Park … KC shut out the Revs, 5-0, in outside competition last season - a U.S. Open Cup Play-in match on May 25, 2011 in Kansas City
  • 29 matches between the clubs have been determined by one goal or fewer … 12 games have been decided by a two-goal spread, while two matches – including the 3-0 KC victory in the last meeting on March 17– has been decided by three or more goals
  • The teams also met twice outside MLS regular-season competition: once in SuperLiga (a 1-1 draw in 2009), and once in the U.S. Open Cup (a 5-0 KC win on May 25, 2011)

Player Notes vs. Sporting Kansas City

  • Shalrie Joseph leads all current Revs players with five goals and three assists in 24 appearances against KC … his last goal came in the Revs’ 3-2 victory on April 23, 2011 at Gillette Stadium
  • Sainey Nyassi has also scored a goal against KC … Nyassi’s game-winning goal came on April 9, 2008 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark
  • Chris Tierney has one assist against Kansas City, helping set up Shalrie Joseph’s game-winning strike on Oct. 16, 2010
  • Benny Feilhaber has one career assist against Kansas City, which came in his MLS debut on April 23, 2011 at Gillette Stadium
  • Clyde Simms has recorded two career assists in 19 career appearances … Simms recorded single assists in 2006 and 2007 while a member of D.C. United
  • In 31 appearances (30 starts) against KC, Matt Reis is 11-10-9 with a 1.35 goals against average and seven shutouts … as a member of the Revs, he is 6-9-8 with a 1.48 GAA and seven shutouts.
  • Reis set his single-game high of 11 saves against KC in a 0-0 draw on July 11, 2009 at Gillette Stadium
  • Reis also recorded an assist – his first since 2007 – on the Revs’ only goal in a 1-1 draw on July 30, 2011, at Livestrong Sporting Park
  • On Oct. 16, 2010 against KC, Bobby Shuttleworth posted his first-career shutout, a four-save effort at Gillette Stadium

TEAM NOTES

Gillette Stadium Double Header on Saturday

Italian giant AC Milan will meet Honduran power Olimpia at Gillette Stadium on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET ... the two teams will meet in the first game of a special doubleheader that will see the previously-scheduled match between the host New England Revolution and Sporting Kansas City in the second game at 7:30 p.m. ET ... it is the first multiple-game event at Gillette Stadium since a triple header on July 11, 2009 … for ticket information, click HERE.

Goals Needed Against Sporting KC

The Revs will meet Kansas City for the third time this season and are hoping to score their first goal against their Eastern Conference foe … in the two previous meetings this season, the Revs have been held scoreless – a 3-0 loss on March 17, and a 0-0 draw on July 21 – both at Livestrong Sporting Park … Kansas City is the only team to shut the Revs out twice this year … Rajko Lekic scored the Revs last goal scored against KC on July 30, 2011, at Livestrong Sporting Park.

Winless Streak Now at Four

Following Sunday night’s defeat, the Revs are now winless (0-3-1) in their last four matches – the team’s longest winless streak of the season … the Revs defeated New York, 2-0, on July 8, in the first game of the month, but finished July with a 1-3-1 record … previously, the Revs suffered a pair of three-game winless streaks: three consecutive losses in the month of April and three straight draws from June 16 to June 30.

Goals Come Easy at Home

The Revs return home on Saturday and hope their home scoring ways continue … in 10 home games this year, the Revs have scored 16 goals while conceding just nine, a +7 goal differential at Gillette Stadium …the team has scored just over 60 percent (16-of-26, 61.2 percent) of their total goals in Foxborough.

Costly Penalty Kicks Against

On Sunday - for the second time in three games – the Revs conceded a penalty kick … Montreal’s Patrice Bernier gave Montreal an early 1-0 lead on July 18, before Philadelphia’s Freddy Adu scored from the spot on Sunday night to level the game at 1-1 … in both games, the Revs later conceded a second goal en route to a 2-1 losses … prior to the match in Montreal, the Revs had not conceded a penalty kick attempt in the team’s first 18 games of the season.

Tough Results in One-Goal Games

Sunday night’s 2-1 loss was the Revs 10th defeat of the season and ninth overall defeat of the season in a one-goal game … the Revs are 2-9-0 this year in 11 one-goal games and have dropped their last five one-goal contests dating back to a 2-1 loss on May 5 at Salt Lake … the 3-0 loss to Kansas City on March 17 remains the Revs’ only defeat of the season by more than one goal.

Rare Second-Half Concessions

Although the Revs conceded two second-half goals on Sunday, the team remains tough to score against after the halftime whistle … the Revs have allowed a league-low 10 goals in the second half, and have a league-best 0.48 goals against average in the final 45 minutes … the team has allowed just three second-half goals in its last nine games dating back to June 2 against Chicago.

Saer Returns to Scoring Ways

Saer Sene scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season on Sunday – his first since June 30 against Seattle … Sene’s nine goals are the team’s most in a season since Taylor Twellman scored 16 in 2007 … with his goal on Sunday, Sene has scored in each month of the season except April as the Frenchman scored twice in March, five times in May and once each in June and July.

Sene’s Seven Shots on Sunday

Saer Sene took seven shots in Sunday night’s match at Philadelphia … while only three of those shots were on frame – including one for an 12th-minute goal – a player having seven shots is an infrequent occurrence for the Revs … the last Revolution player to record seven or more shots in a game was Taylor Twellman on Oct. 16, 2008, in a 2-1 loss to D.C. – a stretch of 115 games since.

Young Kelyn’s Helping Ways

Kelyn Rowe recorded his third assist of his rookie season on Sunday night when he fed Saer Sene’s 12th-minute goal … Rowe – who was drafted third overall in the 2012 SuperDraft – became the first Revolution draft pick since James Riley in 2005 to record three assists in his rookie season … Riley recorded one goal and three assists in 23 games in his rookie year, while Rowe has two goals and three assists in just 17 appearances in 2012.

Rowe Doing All He Can

The Revs have scored just two goals in their last three games, but rookie Kelyn Rowe has provided the assist on both of the Revolution’s goals … both of Rowe’s assists in this recent have been on long-distance strikes … Lee Nguyen scored the Revs’ lone-goal on July 18 at Montreal on a ball from Rowe, before the UCLA product assisted Saer Sene’s blast at Philadelphia on Sunday.

Dimitry’s Debuts

Dimitry Imbongo made his MLS – and Revolution – debuts when he checked into the game in on Sunday night … Imbongo became the 13th Revolution player this season to make an MLS debut in their first game with the Revolution … Imbongo, 22, was signed by the Revolution on July 16 and joined the team for his first training session on Tuesday, July 24.

Alston Hits the Century Mark in Starts

Kevin Alston recorded his 100th start in his 100th appearance on Sunday night in Philadelphia … Alston, 24, became the first player drafted in the first round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft to record 100 appearances and starts … LA’s Omar Gonzalez (89 appearances) and AJ DeLaGarza (87 appearances) rank second and third, respectively, in appearances from the 2009 draft class … Alston made 26 starts in his rookie season, 22 starts in 2010, and starting 33 in 2011.

Tierney Next in Line

While Kevin Alston made his 100th appearance in Philadelphia, his backline teammate, Chris Tierney, is the next in line to potentially hit the century mark in appearances … Tierney enters the weekend with 94 appearances – including 88 starts – and if he remains healthy, would reach his 100th appearance when the Revs host the Union on September 1.