Revolution News & Notes: April 1, 2014

Revs head to D.C. looking to extend unbeaten streak to three games

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution heads to the nation’s capital on Saturday, April 5, to take on D.C. United at RFK Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.

MyTV38 (WSBK, Boston) will broadcast the game live, while 98.5 The Sports Hub’s HD2 station will have the call of the game on the radio. Comcast SportsNet will have a special re-air of the match at 11 p.m.

The Revolution (1-2-1, 4 pts.) earned its first win of the season at San Jose last Saturday behind Lee Nguyen’s game-winning goal in stoppage time. Following the D.C. match, the Revs return to Gillette Stadium to host the Houston Dynamo (2-1-0, 6 pts.) on Saturday, April 12.

D.C. United (0-2-1, 1 pt.) earned its first point of the 2014 season with a 2-2 draw against the Chicago Fire at home last Saturday.

TEAM NOTES

One and done at RFK
The Revs head to the nation’s capital on Saturday to take on D.C. United at RFK Stadium … Saturday’s meeting is the first of two regular-season matches between the clubs this season and the only meeting at RFK Stadium … the Revs has posted a 9-18-4 all-time record in regular-season matches in Washington … the Revs won the 2013 regular-season series against the Black-and-Red, going undefeated (2-0-1) in three meetings, including a 2-1 win at RFK Stadium … both wins came in the same fashion: 2-1 victories after trailing 1-0 at halftime.

Offense breaks through
Lee Nguyen scored in the 93rd minute against San Jose last Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium to give the Revs their first win of 2014 … the goal was Nguyen’s – and the Revs’ – first this season … the Revs benefitted from a San Jose own goal in the 35th minute to end their season-opening scoreless streak at 305 minutes, the fifth-longest scoreless streak in club history.

Last stoppage-time winners few and far between
Lee Nguyen’s dramatic, late winner last Saturday was the Revolution’s first game-winner scored in stoppage time since July 20, 2013 when Jose Goncalves broke a 0-0 draw at Columbus with a header off a Nguyen corner kick in the 91st minute … Diego Fagundez added another goal in the 94th minute to give the Revs a 2-0 win in that match … Goncalves’ winner was the first stoppage-time winner since a Taylor Twellman goal lifted the Revs to a 3-2 victory over Dallas at Gillette Stadium on July 16, 2005.

Date         Opponent    Goal Scorer Minute
3/29/14  San Jose Earthquakes  Lee Nguyen  93+
7/20/13 Columbus Crew  Jose Goncalves   91+
7/16/05  FC Dallas Taylor Twellman 92+

Looking back to now
The Revolution enter April with a 1-2-1 mark and two goals scored … they enter this weekend’s play in sixth place in the Eastern Conference … after four matches in 2013, the Revs were also 1-2-1, but had one goal scored and were tied for eighth in the East as they went into their first match in April.

Year  Record Goals  # Road Games Eastern Conf.
2013 1-2-1 1 2 T-Eighth
2014  1-2-1 2 3 Sixth

West Coast woes no more
The Revs’ win on the road last Saturday was the team’s first win on the West Coast since March 31, 2012, a 3-1 win against the LA Galaxy at the Home Depot Center … since the start of 2010, the Revs have played 17 times on the West Coast (Chivas USA, LA Galaxy, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC), posting a 2-10-5 record in those matches … the Revs’ trip to San Jose last weekend was the first of the team’s two trips to the West Coast this season – the team will return on July 16 when they face the LA Galaxy at StubHub Center. 

Back four finding rhythm again
Head coach Jay Heaps sent out the same back four in consecutive weeks for the first time this season last Saturday at San Jose … the group of Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves, A.J. Soares and Andrew Farrell has allowed just one goal in the last two games … in 2013, that four-man group started 11 games together, and led the team to a 5-2-4 mark in those matches.

Defense coming back to standard
After allowing four goals in the team’s season opener, the Revolution defense has done a re-set, and is returning to its stand-out form from 2013 when it was among the league’s best … in the last three games, the Revolution defense has allowed just two goals, and posted one shutout.

Date  Opponent Result Score Team GAA
March 8 at Houston L 0-4 4.00
March 15  at Philadelphia 0-1 2.50
March 22 vs. Vancouver T 0-0 1.67
March 29 at San Jose W 2-1 1.50

Attack and it will come
While the Revolution has scored just two goals this season (one by a player and one own goal), it isn’t for a lack of trying … the team’s 52 shots rank fifth in MLS (Montreal leads with 70), while the team’s 30 corner kicks are second in the league, one off the lead set by Sporting KC (31).

One game-winner a year for Nguyen
Lee Nguyen, now in his third year with the Revs, has scored one game-winning goal in each season with the team … Nguyen scored the game-winner against New York on July 8, 2012 in a 2-0 victory at Gillette Stadium … last season, Nguyen converted a penalty against D.C. on Sept. 21, 2013 to give the Revs a 2-1 win at Gillette Stadium … Nguyen’s latest game-winner came last Saturday against San Jose in a 2-1 win over the Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium … it was his first game-winning goal on the road.

Davies makes season debut
Charlie Davies made his first appearance for the Revs in 2014 last Saturday at San Jose … Davies, now in his second – and first full – year with the Revs, came on for Saer Sene in the 62nd minute and played as the striker in the team’s flexible 4-1-4-1 formation … the 28-minute appearance was more than the 23 minutes he played in 2013 in four substitute appearances … Davies made an immediate impact on the match, first creating a great chance in the 80th minute when he played in Teal Bunbury, who set up Lee Nguyen for a chance that was blocked by San Jose’s defense … then, in the dying minutes of the game, his quick re-start on a foul set up Scott Caldwell’s game-winning pass to Lee Nguyen for the game-clincher in stoppage time.

Caldwell makes big impact
Scott Caldwell came off the bench last Saturday in the 70th minute at San Jose and made his presence felt … in addition to providing defensive and possession stability in the midfield, the second-year Homegrown played a perfectly weighted ball to Lee Nguyen down the left wing that led to Nguyen’s game-winning goal … Caldwell’s assist on the play was the first game-winning assist of his career.

Three straight starts for Dorman
Andy Dorman earned his third straight start in the central midfield last Saturday in the team’s 2-1 win over the Earthquakes … Saturday’s start marked the first time Dorman was in the starting lineup in three straight games for the Revs since 2007 when Dorman started a stretch of 27 consecutive games from April 7 to Sept. 29, 2007 … in 2013, his first year back during his second stint with the Revs, Dorman made three starts during the entire regular-season, in addition to a pair of starts in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Early ironman contenders
Teal Bunbury, Bobby Shuttleworth and A.J. Soares are the Revs’ only three players that have played all 360 minutes this season … Bunbury has seen all of his time on the attack (both at forward and on the right wing) while recording eight shots and three on goal … Shuttleworth has started in goal in each of the team’s four games, while Soares has been a staple at the center back position in each match.

Fagundez finding his way
Diego Fagundez is still goalless this season, but it isn’t for lack of effort … the 19-year-old is tied for seventh in MLS in shots taken with 12, just three of the league lead (15, Portland’s Diego Valeri), and his five shots on goal are tied for fifth in MLS, two off Joao Plata’s league-leading seven … while Fagundez had 13 goals in 2013, he did not score his first goal until April 27 in a 2-0 win over Philadelphia at Gillette Stadium – it was the first of his five game-winning tallies last year.

Portugal and Mexico set to meet at Gillette
Before the Mexican and Portuguese national teams make their way to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, they’ll face off in an international friendly at Gillette Stadium … on June 6, Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Portugal against Javier Hernandez and Mexico in a final tune up before the World Cup … kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m., and tickets are on sale and start at $40.

July 12: New England’s Fitness Event of the Year
International fitness star Shaun T – the creator of best-selling fitness programs INSANITY, Focus T25 and Hip Hop Abs – will make a special appearance at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, July 12, when he leads a live workout on the field before the New England Revolution hosts the Chicago Fire later in theevening … Special ticket packages start at $85 and are on sale now through revolutionsoccer.net/shaunt … packages include a spot in the live workout, a Q&A session with Shaun T after the workout, a meet & greet and group photo session with Shaun T, access to a reserved tailgate area between the workout and the Revs match, and a midfield seat for the Revolution match … special package options are available for fitness fans who want to be closer to Shaun T and work out in the first 10 rows.