Weekly Update: Let's play two

Revs return from West Coast to host Real Salt Lake Wednesday and New York Red Bulls Saturday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (2-3-3, 9 pts.) hosts a pair of games at Gillette Stadium this weekend, with Real Salt Lake (4-4-2, 14 pts.) due in Wednesday night and the New York Red Bulls (5-4-2, 17 pts.) coming in on Saturday.

Kickoff for Wednesday’s match against RSL is set for 8 p.m., and will be televised on Comcast SportsNet and broadcast on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s HD2 channel.

Saturday’s night’s match against the Red Bulls will kick off at 7:30 p.m., and will also be televised on Comcast SportsNet. 98.5 The Sports Hub will have that match, as well.

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THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES

Mid-week break
When the Revs host Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night, they will play the second of three mid-week games this season … last week, the Revs traveled to Portland and came away with a 0-0 draw in a Thursday night game … the Revs will play their final mid-week game in July when they travel to Colorado on Wednesday, July 17.

Two-fer week
This week, the Revs will play two matches in four days with home matches scheduled for Wednesday against Real Salt Lake and Saturday against the New York Red Bulls … this week is one of only two weeks this season in which the Revs will play two games in one competition week … in July, the Revs will travel to Colorado on Wednesday, July 17, before traveling on to Columbus for a match on Saturday, July 20.

Lone look at RSL this year
Wednesday’s match will marks the only match between New England and Salt Lake in 2013 … this is the second year in a row the teams will only meet once … in 2012, Salt Lake came back from 1-0 deficit behind two goal from Alvaro Saborio to earn a 2-1 win at Rio Tinto Stadium on May 5 … Salt Lake leads the all-time series against the Revs with a 7-4-4 record, including a 3-2-2 record in New England.

Red Bulls venture in Saturday
Saturday night’s match against the Red Bulls is the second of three meetings between the two clubs this season … the Red Bulls won the first match this year, earning a 4-1 win on April 20 at Red Bull Arena … the teams will wrap up the season series on Oct. 5, when the third match is played at Red Bull Arena … the two teams split the season series in 2012, going 1-1-1 … each team earned a win at home before the clubs played to a 2-2 draw at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 22.

Revs’ defense back on display
Thursday night in Portland, the Revs’ defense posted their fifth shutout of the season in eight games … entering Week 11 of the MLS season, the Revs are ranked second in MLS in team goals against average (0.75 GAA) and their five shutouts are second in the league behind Kansas City (six in 10 games).

Shifting defense yields same results
The Revs started the season with MLS’ top defense, allowing just two goals through their first four games while running out the same starting backline of Kevin Alston (LB), Jose Goncalves (CB), A.J. Soares (CB) and Andrew Farrell (RB) … however, despite posting five shutouts in eight matches, the Revs have run out eight different defenders – and two goalkeepers – in eight games, but still rank second in MLS in team defense:

Opp. GK LB CB CB RB
at Chicago
  Reis Alston Goncalves Soares Farrell
at Philly
  Shuttleworth Alston Goncalves Soares Farrell
vs. Sporting KC
  Reis Alston Goncalves Soares Farrell
vs. Dallas
  Shuttleworth Alston Goncalves Soares Farrell
at Seattle
  Shuttleworth Tierney Goncalves Soares Farrell
at New York
  Shuttleworth Tierney Goncalves Soares Farrell
vs. Philly
  Shuttleworth Tierney Goncalves McCarthy Farrell
at Portland
  Shuttleworth Barnes Goncalves McCarthy Duckett

Shuttleworth stands tall into spring
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth has made the most of his opportunities in goal this season … in six appearances, he has posted a 1.00 goals against average and three shutouts … removing one match – a 4-1 loss at New York on April 20 – Shuttleworth has allowed just two goals in five appearances (0.40 goals against average) and three shutouts … in his last 11 appearances – dating back to Sept. 22, 2012, Shuttleworth has allowed just 10 goals for an 0.82 GAA, while posting five shutouts in that span.

Farrell’s starting streak ends
After starting his first seven MLS games, rookie Andrew Farrell missed last Thursday’s game in Portland with a knee contusion suffered in the April 27 Philadelphia match … Farrell took the brunt of harsh tackle by Union midfielder Michael Farfan in stoppage time of a 2-0 win, leading to the injury … prior to the missed start, Farrell had started – and played all 90 minutes – in every game this season for the Revs … Farrell was the first number one overall pick to start his first seven MLS games since Leo Cullen – the number one overall pick in 1998 by the Miami Fusion – started his first 19 games … Farrell became the Revs’ first-ever No. 1 overall pick when the team traded up to take him at the 2013 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 17 in Indianapolis.

Barnes & Duckett make their mark
With Andrew Farrell’s knee injury and Chris Tierney’s suspension by the MLS Disciplinary Committee announced less than 36 hours before kickoff in Portland, two new defenders were needed when the team lined up against the Timbers … veteran defender Darrius Barnes came in for Tierney at left back, while Bilal Duckett made his Revs debut at right back … Barnes, who has made 93 career appearances in New England, had previous experience at left back … Duckett, who was originally drafted by Vancouver in 2011 and made four appearances with the expansion side, made his first-ever Revs appearance after being re-called from Rochester (USL PRO) last week for the Portland match … Duckett made his first MLS appearance since June 4, 2011 – with Vancouver – after playing the 2012 season in Harrisburg (USL PRO) … both players contributed to the team’s fifth shutout in eight matches.

Saturday night is for #Nguyening bobbleheads
At Saturday night’s game against New York, the Revs will distribute a limited-number of Lee Nguyen bobbleheads at the stadium entry gates … Nguyen was the team’s fan-voted most valuable player in 2012, his first season with the Revolution … two more bobblehead nights are scheduled this season.

THIS WEEK IN ROCHESTER

  • The Revs currently have four players on loan to the Rochester Rhinos as part of the teams’ affiliation agreement: defender Bilal Duckett, midfielder Gabe Latigue, forward Matt Horth and defender Tyler Polak.
  • Bilal Duckett was recalled on May 1, 2013 for the Revs’ match in Portland following a suspension to defender Chris Tierney, but returned to the Rhinos for their game on Saturday against Harrisburg
  • The Rhinos lost their home opener against Harrisburg City Islanders on Saturday, falling 1-0
  • The Rhinos are now 0-5-1 this season

Matt Horth, Tyler Polak and Gabe Latigue all played in Saturday’s loss, while Duckett was rested following his cross-country travel home from Portland all day Friday

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT & SERIES INFORMATION
Revolution vs. Real Salt Lake (regular-season): 4-7-4
Home: 2-3-2
Away: 2-4-2

TEAM NOTES AGAINST REAL SALT LAKE

  • Wednesday’s match will be the 16th all-time meeting between the Revolution and Real Salt Lake, which entered the league as an expansion team in 2005 … RSL leads the all-time series, 7-4-4
  • The Revs are 2-3-2 in home matches against Real Salt Lake, with the club’s last home win coming on August 23, 2009, a 3-1 win
  • Wednesday’s match is the first – and only – meeting between the two teams this season
  • RSL won the teams’ lone meeting in 2012, a 2-1 come-from-behind victory on May 5 at Rio Tinto Stadium
  • The Revs are 2-7-2 in their last 11 meetings with Real Salt Lake after going undefeated (2-0-1) in the first three games of the all-time series
  • Real Salt Lake is 4-0-1 against New England in the teams’ last five meetings … the last Revs win came on Aug. 23, 2009 – a 3-1 win at Gillette Stadium
  • Since 2009, Real Salt Lake has outscored New England, 21-8, in seven meetings

New England and Real Salt Lake have never met in any MLS Cup Playoff or U.S. Open Cup matches

PLAYER NOTES AGAINST REAL SALT LAKE

  • Despite not playing RSL as a member of the Revs, Chad Barrett is the team’s current leading scorer against RSL … the forward has scored four goals in 14 games while with Chicago, Toronto and LA
  • Sainey Nyassi has recorded one goal in seven appearances against Salt Lake … Nyassi notched the Revs’ only goal against RSL in the 2010 campaign in the team’s 2-1 loss at home on Oct. 2, 2010
  • Chris Tierney is the only other active Revolution player to have scored a goal against Real Salt Lake, scoring a free-kick goal on July 4, 2011
  • Two players – Clyde Simms and Andy Dorman – have recorded assists against RSL … Simms’ assist came in 2009 when he was a member of D.C. United, while Dorman’s assist came in 2006 in his first go-round with the Revs
  • Matt Reis is 4-5-4 in his career against Real Salt Lake, posting a 1.69 goals against average and three shutouts
  • Bobby Shuttleworth has a 0-1-0 career record against RSL, allowing conceded two goals in the 2-0 loss at Gillette Stadium on April 9, 2011

Clyde Simms leads the current Revolution roster in appearances against RSL with 15 – all but one coming with D.C. United … last season was Simms’ first appearance against RSL as a member of the Revs

Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls (regular season) 26-20-13
Home: 18-4-6
Away: 8-16-7

TEAM NOTES AGAINST NEW YORK

  • Wednesday’s game will mark the 60th regular-season meeting and 68th all-time between the Revolution and Red Bulls in MLS regular-season, postseason and tournament action combined, which is the most meetings against any opponent in Revs history
  • The Revs lead the all-time, regular-season series with the New York Red Bulls (formerly the New York/New Jersey MetroStars), 26-20-13
  • At home, the Revs are 18-4-6 against New York all time in the MLS regular season, including a 9-1-5 record at Gillette Stadium … the lone loss at Gillette Stadium came on June 29, 2002 – a 2-0 loss to the Metrostars
  • Since New York and re-branded as the Red Bulls in 2006, the Revs have not lost to New York at home, posting a 6-0-3 record at Gillette Stadium
  • Since the Red Bulls re-branded from the Metrostars in 2006, the Revs have posted an 8-4-8 record against New York … all four losses against the “Red Bulls” have come at Red Bull Arena
  • Overall, the Revs enter Saturday’s game riding a 16-game regular-season home undefeated streak against New York since the end of the 2002 season … the Revs have gone 11-0-5 at Gillette Stadium in regular-season meetings since New York’s last win in Foxborough on June 29, 2002.
  • Wednesday’s match is the second of three regular-season meetings between the two clubs this year
  • The teams will close the three-game series at Red Bull Arena on Oct. 5
  • The Red Bulls won the first game of the three-game 2013 season series, a 4-1 victory on April 20 at Red Bull Arena … it was the first time the Revs allowed four or more goals to New York since September 17, 2005, a 5-4 MetroStars win at Giants Stadium
  • Five of the last eight games have been one-goal games or draws, dating back to May 29, 2010 … in those five “close” games, the Revs are 1-2-2 … the largest margin of victory in that span was two goals - by the Red Bulls in 2-0 victory on Oct. 21, 2010 and by New England in 2-0 win on July 8, 2012

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 AGAINST NEW YORK

  • Chad Barrett has scored four goals against New York, all coming in 2008 – two each while playing with Chicago and Toronto
  • Andy Dorman, despite not playing in a game against New York from 2008 to 2012, is the Revs’ leading active scorer against the Red Bulls with two goals … Dorman’s last goal against the Red Bulls came on July 7, 2007, in a 1-0 win at Giants Stadium … Steve Ralston assisted on that goal, his 115th-career assist to assume the MLS career lead in the category
  • Jerry Bengtson scored his first career goal in his MLS debut against New York when the two teams met on July 8, 2012
  • Lee Nguyen has one goal in four appearances against New York … Nguyen scored the game-winner on July 8, 2012, in Foxborough
  • Two other current players – Sainey Nyassi and Clyde Simms – have also scored single goals against New York
  • Chris Tierney leads all current Revolution players with two assists in eight appearances – including the game-winning assist on July 8, 2012
  • Matt Reis is the only other Revs player to record an assist against New York
  • Matt Reis is 10-4-7 in his Revolution career against the Red Bulls, posting a 1.27 goals against average and six shutouts

Bobby Shuttleworth is 2-2-2 in his Revolution career against New York, with a 1.80 goals against average and one shutout … Shuttleworth – a native of Tonawanda, New York (a Buffalo suburb) – was in goal for the Revs’ 4-1 loss on April 20

REVOLUTION ACADEMY UPDATE

Youth teams unbeaten against Oakwood SC
All three of the Revolution Academy’s youth teams were on the road last weekend, going 2-0-1 against Oakwood SC in Portland, Conn., on Saturday, May 4 … the Under-14s topped Oakwood, 1-0… the Under-18s then earned a 4-3 victory, before the Under-16s battled to a scoreless draw … for more information about the youth teams, or to schedule interviews, contact Missy Wade.

Season to-date records
Heading into this weekend’s games, the Under-18s are 12-4-2 (38 pts.) overall and rank second in the Northeast Division of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s East Conference based on points per game … the Under-16s hold a 9-3-6 record (33 pts.) and are currently in third place in the division … the Under-14s are now 10-3-1 (31 pts.), and rank fourth in U.S. Club Soccer’s Northeast Pre-Academy League based on points per game.

Summer Player Development Programs enrolling
The Revolution Academy’s Player Development Programs are now enrolling for summer sessions, with locations all over New England … the Revolution Academy trains players of all abilities in all aspect of the game, including ball mastery, speed of play, coordination and balance and movement with and without the ball … the objective of all the training programs is to replicate the speed, tempo and environment of the Revolution Youth Teams’ training sessions … through the age-appropriate player development sessions, the Revolution Academy fosters an atmosphere that is competitive, challenging, demanding and fun … encouragement and support from the professional coaching staff allows every player to gain a better understanding of – and continued passion for – the game.