Revs 0, Sporting KC 0

Revs battle through heavy wind to grind out scoreless draw in home opener

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Heavy wind throughout the 90 minutes played a major factor on Saturday afternoon as the New England Revolution and Sporting Kansas City played to a 0-0 draw in the Revolution’s 2013 home opener at Gillette Stadium.

Scoring chances were limited for both sides as the Revs (1-1-1, 4 pts.) didn’t register a shot on target and Sporting KC (1-1-2, 5 pts.) ultimately failed to threaten despite directing five shots on frame. Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis made four saves to keep his second clean sheet in two appearances this season.

The draw snapped the Revolution’s six-year streak of victorious home openers as the club went 6-0-0 in such games from 2007 to 2012.

Chad Barrett replaced the unavailable Jerry Bengtson (national team duty) in the Revolution’s starting lineup, while Reis and Clyde Simms both overcame minor injury concerns to take their places in the side.

Simms came up huge in the 19th minute, stretching to make a goal-saving clearance off the line. Sporting KC forward C.J. Sapong beat Reis with a low drive, but Simms made a last-ditch lunge to direct the ball off the crossbar and back into the box, where Benny Feilhaber’s follow-up effort was handled by Reis.

The Revs had a penalty shout turned away in the 53rd minute when Ike Opara appeared to handle Andrew Farrell’s right-wing cross, while another was denied 10 minutes later following a bit of jostling in the box.

It wasn’t until the 77th minute when the Revolution registered a shot – on target or otherwise – when Juan Toja fired a 22-yard free kick just over the crossbar. A.J. Soares and Ryan Guy followed up with two more shots in the ensuing three minutes, but none forced a save out of SKC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.

The Revs will be home once again next weekend when they’ll host FC Dallas on Saturday, March 30. Kickoff from Gillette Stadium is set for 4 p.m.

New England Revolution vs. Sporting Kansas City
March 23, 2013 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

New England Revolution 0, Sporting Kansas City 0

Scoring Summary:
None

New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Jose Goncalves, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Lee Nguyen, Clyde Simms ©, Scott Caldwell, Kelyn Rowe, Juan Toja, Chad Barrett (Ryan Guy 64)

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Kalifa Cisse, Chris Tierney, Andy Dorman, Diego Fagundez, Darrius Barnes

STATS: Shots 3, Shots on Target 0, Corner Kicks 6, Saves 5, Fouls 10, Offsides 4, Passes (percentage) 359 (58.5%), Possession 55.1%

Sporting Kansas City: Jimmy Nielsen ©, Seth Sinovic, Mechack Jerome, Aurelien Collin, Ike Opara, Benny Feilhaber, Oriol Rosell, Paulo Nagamura, Soony Saad (Peterson Joseph 63), C.J.Sapaong, Claudio Bieler

Substitutes Not Used: Eric Kronberg, Mikey Lopez, Lawrence Olum, Kyle Miller, Josh Gardner, Michael Thomas

STATS: Shots 13, Shots on Target 5, Corner Kicks 2, Saves 0, Fouls 20, Offsides 1, Passes (percentage) 288 (56.9%), Possession 44.9%

* Note that all statistics are unofficial as supplied by Opta

Misconduct Summary:
SKC – Mechack Jerome (caution) 30
SKC – Benny Feilhaber (caution) 71

Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Assistant Referees: Claudio Badea, Jason Cullum
Fourth Official: Jason Geiger
Weather: Sunny and 42 degrees
Attendance: 12,215

Team Records
Sporting Kansas City – 1-1-2 (5 pts.)
New England Revolution – 1-1-1 (4 pts.)

GAME NOTES

  • With today’s draw, New England is now 13-22-11 all-time in the regular season against Sporting KC
  • The draw pushed the Revs’ record at home to 7-11-6 all-time, including a 2-8-6 mark at Gillette Stadium
  • Saturday’s result pushed the team’s record in home openers to 8-3-1 at Gillette Stadium … overall, the Revs are 12-5-1 all-time in home openers, including both Gillette Stadium and Foxboro Stadium
  • The Revolution faces Sporting again in Kansas City on August 10 for the second of two meetings this season
  • Sporting KC is unbeaten in their last five meetings with the Revolution, going 2-0-3 in those contests
  • Sporting KC’s shutout streak against New England has reached 412 minutes (spanning five games), with the Revs’ last goal coming on July 30, 2011 – a 38th-minute goal by Rajko Lekic
  • Coaches Record: Jay Heaps vs. KC: P4 W0 L2 D2 … Peter Vermes vs. NE: P9 W4 L2 D3
  • Through three games this season, New England has surrendered just one goal and has posted an 0.33 goals against average.
  • Matt Reis recorded the 72nd shutout of his career and the 63rd with the Revolution … he made five season to record today’s clean sheet
  • Matt Reis has now posted back-to-back shutouts in each of his last two appearances this season … in the season opener at Chicago, Reis made four saves en route to his 71st career shutouts and his 62nd with the Revs.
  • Dating back to 2012, Matt Reis has recorded four shutouts in his last five appearances … he also posted shutouts on Sept. 1, 2012 (0-0 draw vs. Philadelphia at Gillette Stadium) and Sept. 5, 2012 (2-0 win vs. Columbus at Gillette Stadium)
  • Chad Barrett made his first start as a member of the Revolution … after joining the club in preseason, he made back-to-back substitute appearances in the team’s first two games of the season
  • Two rookies started tonight for the second game in a row … Andrew Farrell drew his third straight start at right back, while Scott Caldwell started his second consecutive game in the central midfield
  • Clyde Simms was tonight’s game captain … Simms has worn the captain’s armband to start each of the team’s first three games
  • The Revs were without the services of forward Jerry Bengtson tonight as he is away on national team duty for Honduras … yesterday, he scored the game-tying goal – putting in the rebound of his own saved penalty kick – against Mexico in a CONCACAF Hexagonal World Cup Qualifier in San Pedro Sula, Honduras … he is expected to return to Honduras’ lineup on Tuesday when the team travels to Panama … Bengtson is expected to re-join the Revolution on Thursday at training ahead of Saturday’s match against FC Dallas