Weekly Update: D.C. United

Revs look to extend winning streak to four, unbeaten streak to five games as D.C. United visits

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (5-4-4, 19 pts.), fresh off yesterday’s 5-0 win over the two-time defending MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy, hosts I-95 rival D.C. United (1-10-2, 5 pts.) this Saturday, June 8, at Gillette Stadium.

Kickoff for Saturday’s match is set for 7:30 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Comcast SportsNet will televise the game while 98.5 The Sports Hub will have the game on the radio.

This will be the first of three regular-season meetings between the two clubs, with the Revs traveling to Washington on July 27, and United returning to Gillette Stadium on Sept. 21.

At Saturday’s match, a limited number of Kevin Alston bobbleheads will be distributed at the stadium’s entry gates. The bobbleheads will be given away in conjunction with the team’s Leukemia Awareness match as Alston was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia in early April.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TWEETS

THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES

Revs welcome D.C. United Saturday
The Revs host rival D.C. United this Saturday in the first of three regular-season meetings between the two clubs this season … D.C. swept the three-game season series last season, winning all three games by a one-goal margin: 2-1 at Gillette Stadium on April 14, 3-2 at RFK Stadium on May 26 and 2-1 at RFK Stadium on Sept. 15 … United leads the all-time regular-season series between the two clubs, 28-23-8.

Saturday’s match ends three-game stand
The Revs will wrap-up a three-game home stand on Saturday when D.C. United comes to town … the Revs have gone 2-0-0 and out-scored its two opponents, 7-0, in the first two games of the home stand … on May 25, the Revs posted a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC, before defeating the LA Galaxy 5-0 yesterday … following Saturday’s match, the Revs’ next home match will be July 6, when the team hosts the San Jose Earthquakes.

Fagundez earns weekly honor
Diego Fagundez, following a one-goal, two-assist performance against LA in the Revs’ 5-0 win on Sunday, was named the MLS player of the week for Week 14 today … the 18-year old recorded his first multiple-assist game in a breakout performance in the match nationally-televised on NBC Sports Network … he is the first Revs player to win player of the week since Week 10, 2012, when Lee Nguyen won the honor.

Rowe up for GOTW
Kelyn Rowe, who capped the Revs’ five-goal outburst yesterday in a 5-0 win over LA, is one of five players up for MLS AT&T goal of the week this week … his swerving strike from distance is nominated along with goals from Houston’s Warren Creavalle, Dallas’ Blas Perez, Real Salt Lake’s Robbie Findley and Seattle Sounders FC’s Obafemi Martins … fans can vote for Rowe’s goal at MLSSoccer.com or by texting G5 to 22442.

Streaking into Saturday’s match
Sunday’s win over LA extended several of the Revolution’s streaks:

  • The Revs improved their regular-season winning streak to three games (3-0-0), dating back to May 25
  • The Revs pushed their overall winning streak (including U.S. Open Cup) to four games (4-0-0)
  • Sunday’s win was the third straight defensive shutout
  • The Revs now have a 305-minute shutout streak going, all by Bobby Shuttleworth, the fifth-longest in team history

Diego Fagundez has scored a goal in four straight games

MLS’ top defense gets better
With their third straight shutout on Sunday against LA, the Revs improved their league-leading defense … the Revolution now has an 0.69 team goals against average, and the club’s eight shutouts and 81.4 percent save percentage are also MLS bests … Bobby Shuttleworth is second in MLS in goals against average (0.82) and shutouts (6), while leading the league in save percentage (80.0).

Scoring coming from everywhere
Following two games in which the same two players scored goals – Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo – the Revs saw goals from five different players in Sunday’s win over LA: Saer Sene, Lee Nguyen, Diego Fagundez, Chad Barrett and Kelyn Rowe … eight different players have now scored this season, led by Fagundez’s five goals.

Two of a kind rarity
On Sunday in the win over the Galaxy, the Revs had two players each factor in three goals as Diego Fagundez and Kelyn Rowe each had one goal and two assists … it was just the third time in team history two players factored in three or more goals in the same game … Fagundez assisted on the team’s first two goals before scoring the team’s third goal … Rowe, who came on in the 57th minute, assisted on Fagundez’s goal, before also setting up Chad Barrett’s goal in the first minute of stoppage time and scoring his own goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time … before yesterday’s match, the Revs had two players factor in three goals in the same game twice previously: Taylor Twellman (1G, 2A)/Joe-Max Moore (1G, 2A) vs. New York on July 12, 2003 and Steve Ralston (1G, 2A)/Pat Noonan (3G, 0A) vs. New York on Oct. 25, 2003.

The youngsters are taking over
The average age of the 14 players used in Sunday’s win over LA was 24.3 years old … led by Diego Fagundez (18), Juan Agudelo (20), Andrew Farrell (21), Kelyn Rowe (21), the Revs saw 10 of the 14 players on the field were 26 or younger … the two oldest players who faced the Galaxy were Chad Barrett and Juan Toja, both 28 … the average age of the five goal scorers (Saer Sene, Lee Nguyen, Fagundez, Barrett and Rowe) was just 23.8 years.

Defense + Scoring = Undefeated Streak
The Revs enter Saturday’s game in the midst of a four-game undefeated streak, going 3-0-1 since May 11 … in that span, the Revs have out-scored their opponents, 12-1 … including the team’s U.S. Open Cup match on May 28, the Revs have gone five games undefeated overall (4-0-1) and outscored all opponents, 17-2.

The kid strikes again
Diego Fagundez, MLS’ player of the week this week, scored his fifth goal of the season on Sunday to lead all Revs players … he also extended his goal-scoring streak to four games, the team’s longest goal-scoring streak since Clint Dempsey scored in five straight games from April 7 to May 9, 2005 … this season, the Revs are 4-0-1 when Fagundez scores a goal … since the start of the 2012 season, the Revolution is 4-0-3 in games in which Fagundez scores a goal.

Fagundez inching up scoring charts
While Diego Fagundez leads the Revs in goal scoring with five goals, he is now tied for seventh in MLS for goals … Fagundez entered the season with four career goals, but has equaled that total in the last four games alone … at 18, he is the youngest player ranked in the league’s top 10 goal-scoring chart.

Rowing up the assist charts
Kelyn Rowe picked up his fourth and fifth assists of the season on Sunday, and in the process, moved into a first-place tie in the category in MLS … his five assists 12 appearances are tied with Kansas City’s Graham Zusi, who also has five assists in 13 games … Rowe, who recorded five assists in 30 appearances as a rookie in 2012, now has 10 career assists … Rowe’s two-assist performance on Sunday was also his first-career multiple-assist match … this season, he also ranks third in MLS in assists per game (0.42), behind LA’s Robbie Keane (0.67, four assists in six games) and New York’s Andre Akpan (0.50, two assists in four games) … Rowe is also ranked seventh in MLS in assists per 90 minutes, with an 0.54 per 90-minute mark.

Three of a kind for Jay Heaps
Last Sunday’s win over LA Galaxy marked the first time the Revs have won three consecutive games under head coach Jay Heaps … the Revs are also riding a four-game unbeaten streak (3-0-1) in MLS action after a draw at home against the New York Red Bulls on May 11 … the longest unbeaten streak under Heaps is five games … the team posted a 2-0-3 record from June 12 to July 8, 2012, before losing to Toronto FC, 1-0, at home on July 14, 2012.

Shuttleworth shutting the door
Bobby Shuttleworth made six saves, including three key first-half saves with his team tied 0-0, in last Sunday’s 5-0 win over LA Galaxy … Shuttleworth also recorded his sixth shutout of the season, moving him into second place in MLS behind Jimmy Nielsen (7, Sporting KC) … the fifth-year goalkeeper has allowed just nine goals in 11 appearances this year, for a goals against average of 0.82, to rank second in MLS … removing just one game from his totals – a 4-1 defeat in New York on April 20 – Shuttleworth has allowed just five goals in 10 appearances … Shuttleworth and the Revs enter Saturday’s game riding a 305-minute shutout streak, the fifth longest in club history.

Successful first start for Saer Sene
Saer Sene made his first start (and eighth appearance) of the season on Sunday when he lined up in the starting 11 against LA … it was his first start since suffering a season-ending knee injury on August 29, 2012, against Chivas USA … the forward scored his first goal – the game-winner – since suffering the knee injury, as well… Sene led the Revs in scoring last season with 11 goals and three assists.

Two minutes, three points for Chad Barrett
Chad Barrett came into Sunday’s game against LA – his former - team in the 88th minute as a substitute for Diego Fagundez … the forward wasted little time capitalizing against his former team, scoring his first goal as a Rev in the first minute of stoppage time … three minutes later, he set up Kelyn Rowe for the game’s final goal … before Sunday, Barrett’s last goal in MLS came on July 4, 2012, in a 2-1 loss against Philadelphia.

THIS WEEK IN ROCHESTER

  • The Rhinos fell to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3-0 last Saturday, falling to 1-8-3 on the season
  • 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.
  • Polak leads all four players with 10 games played (534 minutes) … Duckett (565 minutes) and Latigue (540 minutes) have both made eight appearances … Horth has made seven appearances (386 minutes)
     

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT & SERIES INFORMATION

Revolution vs. D.C. United (regular-season): 23-28-8
Home: 15-10-4
Away 8-18-4

TEAM NOTES AGAINST D.C. UNITED

  • Saturday’s match is the 60th all-time, regular-season meeting between the New England Revolution and D.C. United … this will be the 67th overall meeting between the two clubs, who have played four MLS Cup Playoff matches and three U.S. Open contests
  • D.C. leads the all-time, regular-season series between the two clubs, 28-23-8 ... the Revs are 15-10-4 at home against D.C., including a 9-4-4 mark at Gillette Stadium
  • Saturday’s game will be the first of three regular-season meetings between the clubs this season … the two teams meet again on July 27 at RFK Stadium and again on Sept. 21, in Foxborough
  • D.C. swept the three-game season series in 2012 … all three games were decided by one goal – a 2-1 D.C. win on April 14 in Foxborough; a 3-2 D.C. win on May 26 at RFK Stadium, and a 2-1 United victory on Sept. 15 in Washington
  • The Revs’ 2011 series win marked the first time either team won three consecutive season series … United won the season series in back-to-back seasons in 1997-08 and 2003-04, while the Revs picked up their first consecutive season series wins in 2009 and 2010, before winning the season series again in 2012
  • Nine of the last 11 meetings – including the last six matches – have been one-goal results … the teams have played to just one draw in that stretch – a 1-1 finish on April 17, 2009 – while the Revs’ 2-0 win on April 3, 2010 was the largest advantage for either team during that stretch
  • The teams have met in three postseason series, with D.C. holding a 2-1-1 edge in those matches ... however, the Revs defeated United, 1-0, in the most recent playoff meeting on Nov. 5, 2006, to win the Eastern Conference Championship at RFK Stadium and earn a berth in the MLS Cup 2006
     

PLAYER NOTES AGAINST D.C. UNITED

  • Andy Dorman has three goals and four assists in 15 career games against D.C. … Dorman last scored against the Black-and-Red in 2007
  • Saer Sene has one goal and one assist in two career appearances against D.C. United … Sene scored when the teams met on May 26, 2012 at RFK Stadium and recorded his first career assist on former Rev Jose Moreno’s goal in the April 14 meeting at Gillette Stadium
  • Kelyn Rowe scored the only goal in the Revs’ 2-1 loss at D.C. on September 15, 2012
  • Chad Barrett has two goals and one assist against D.C. … all five of his points came while a member of the Chicago Fire
  • Juan Agudelo has scored against D.C. once in his career while a member of the New York Red Bulls in 2011
  • A.J. Soares and Stephen McCarthy are the only other current Revolution players to score a goal against United … Soares recorded his second career goal on a header on May 26, 2012, at RFK Stadium … McCarthy scored the lone goal – his first career game-winning goal –in the Revs’ 1-0 win at RFK Stadium on July 20, 2011, which snapped the team’s nine-game winless streak
  • Chris Tierney has four assists in eight career appearances against United … Tierney has also recorded the game-winning assist in three of the last six meetings against D.C. … in 2011, Tierney assisted Stephen McCarthy in the game’s only goal on July 20, and picked up game-winning assists in both meetings with D.C. in 2010 … additionally, Tierney earned an assist in the 3-2 loss on May 26, 2012
  • Lee Nguyen has recorded one assist in three appearances against D.C. … Nguyen assisted Jose Moreno’s goal on April 14, 2012 at Gillette Stadium
  • Diego Fagundez has recorded one assist in one career appearance against D.C.
  • Matt Reis is the Revs’ all-time leader in games played in goal (27) against United... Reis has a 7-12-6 record with the Revs against D.C., with four shutouts and a 1.54 goals against average
  • Bobby Shuttleworth has yet to make an appearance against D.C. United
     

REVOLUTION ACADEMY UPDATE

Youth teams undefeated against BW Gottschee
All three of the Revolution Academy’s were in action last weekend, going a combined 2-0-1 on Saturday, June 1, against BW Gottschee … the Under-18s earned a 2-1 victory, officially clinching a berth in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs … the Under-16s earned a 1-0 win, moving back into position to claim a wildcard spot as their playoff push continues … the Under-14s closed out their U.S. Club Soccer season with a 2-2 draw against BW Gottsche

Revs in action twice this week
The Under-18 and Under-16 teams will close out the 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy on the road next weekend, traveling to Epping, N.H., to take on Seacoast United on Saturday, June 8 … the teams will then continue on to Purchase, N.Y., to play FC Westchester on Sunday, June 9.

Season to-date records
Heading into this weekend’s games, the Under-18s are 15-5-3 (48 pts.) overall and rank third in the Northeast Division of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s East Conference based on points per game, and have clinched a playoff spot… the Under-16s hold a 11-6-6 record (39 pts.) and are currently in fifth place in the division and fighting for a wildcard playoff spot … the Under-14s closed their season this weekend with a record of 13-3-2 (41 pts.) and ranked third 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 … more information, including the full spring and summer schedule, is available HERE