News & Notes: D.C. United

Revs return home looking to extend unbeaten streak to seven games

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Riding a six-game undefeated streak (5-0-1), which includes four straight wins after last Saturday’s 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Union, the New England Revolution returns home on Saturday, May 24, to host D.C. United at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet will televise the game, while 98.5 The Sports Hub will have the call on the radio.

Saturday’s win, coupled with results around the league, sees the Revolution sitting in sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference as Week 12 of the MLS schedule begins.

The Revs (6-3-2, 20 pts.) scored five goals for the second straight game in the win over the Union. Five different players scored goals, while three players – Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney – each scored one goal and added one assist. A.J. Soares and Patrick Mullins also added single goals. Brad Knighton made his first start of the season, making four saves in the win.

D.C. United (4-3-3, 15 pts.), which is currently fourth in the Eastern Conference and hosts the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday in a mid-week match, enters the week unbeaten in their last two games and have allowed just one goal in those two matches.

Saturday’s match will be the second and final meeting between the two clubs and the first meeting at Gillette Stadium. D.C. earned a 2-0 victory at RFK Stadium in the first meeting on April 5, 2014 – the last game before the team started its current six-game unbeaten run.

Following this Saturday’s match against D.C., the Revs will close out May on the road, traveling to play the Montreal Impact on Saturday, May 31, in the first of three meetings this season.

TEAM NOTES

Last meeting with D.C.
The Revs host D.C. United this Saturday in the second and final meeting between the two clubs this season … D.C. won the first meeting – a 2-0 victory – at RFK Stadium on April 5, 2014 … the 2-0 defeat marked the last time the Revs lost a game before the club started its current six-game unbeaten streak.

Fortress Foxborough
The Revolution has treated Gillette Stadium like its own fortress this year … in four home games this season, the Revs have yet to concede a goal and have posted a 3-0-1 record … the Revs’ .875 home winning percentage (3-0-1) is the best in MLS, while the team’s home 0.00 goals against average also tops the league charts … D.C. United enters Saturday’s match with a 1-2-1 road record (.375 winning percentage) and is averaging 1.25 goals per game on the road.

Team  Home Record  Win Pct.
New England  3-0-1 3-0-1
Salt Lake    3-0-2  .800
Seattle  5-2-0 .714
Vancouver 3-1-1 .700

Another five-goal performance
The Revs scored five goals for the second consecutive week in Saturday’s 5-3 win over Philadelphia …the 10 combined goals in the last two games is the club’s best two-game total in history … the previous best two-game total of eight was set in 2004 with a 3-2 loss to New York on Sept. 11, and a 6-1 win over Colorado on Sept. 18 … the Revs also became just the third team in league history to score five goals in back-to-back games (LA Galaxy 1998 and the Miami Fusion 2001).

Score at least twice, result is nice
Last Saturday’s win over Philadelphia marked the sixth time this season that the Revs have scored two or more goals in a match … the team’s six multiple-goal games is tied for third in the league, and is MLS’ second-highest total … all six of the team’s wins this season have come when the team has scored two or more goals.

Date    Opponent Score Result
March 29  at San Jose 2-1  W
April 12 Houston 2-0 W
April 26 Kansas City 2-0  W
May 3 at Toronto 2-1 W
May 11 Seattle 5-0 W
May 17 at Philadelphia  5-3 W

 
Shutting the door at home

Through week 11 of the 2014 season, the Revolution is the only team in MLS that has yet to concede a goal at home … the club’s current 360-minute home shutout streak is the club’s second-longest to open a season in club history.

Year      Shutout Streak
2005 501 minutes
2014 360 minutes
2007  135 minutes
2002 124 minutes

Unbeaten streak extended
With last Saturday’s win over Philadelphia, the Revs extended their unbeaten streak to six games, including four straight wins … the Revs current four-game winning streak is the second-longest streak in MLS this season (Seattle won five straight games from April 12 to May 7) … the team’s four-game winning streak is also the team’s longest since 2005 when the team won six straight from April 9 to May 14 during its 11-game undefeated streak to open the season.

Winning formula continues
It’s been a pretty simple formula for the Revs this season: score first and win … this season, the Revs are a perfect 5-0-0 when scoring the game’s first goal … Colorado (3-0-0) is the only other team in MLS with a perfect record when scoring first … when the Revs have allowed the first goal in a game, they are a very respectable 1-3-1 – a .300 winning percentage – and seventh best percentage in MLS.

Springing into May
The month of May has been kind to the Revs so far, with the club picking up wins over Seattle, Toronto and Philadelphia to open the month after a solid April … after falling on the road in D.C. to start the month of April, the Revs have surged into first place in the Eastern Conference behind their six-game undefeated streak (5-0-1) … last season, the Revs also enjoyed a successful month of May, going 2-1-2 in five games.

Mullins can’t stop scoring
Patrick Mullins has started as the team’s central forward in the team’s last three games, scoring a goal in each match … Mullins added his third goal of the season against Philadelphia last Saturday, linking up with Diego Fagundez to score the team’s final goal in the 5-3 win … the rookie scored his first career goal at Toronto FC on May 3 – a goal which was nominated for MLS Goal of the Week – before scoring the game-winner in the Revs’ 5-0 home victory over Seattle on May 11.

Tierney’s left foot shines again
Chris Tierney scored his first goal of the season, and added an assist, in last Saturday’s game at PPL Park … the defender showed his set-piece expertise by first delivering a free kick to A.J. Soares, who headed it in to open the scoring against the Union … later, Tierney scored on a second-half free kick – a goal which is currently up for MLSsoccer.com’s Goal of the Week … Tierney now has seven career goals and 23 career assists … his free kick goal was the third direct free kick goal of his career, and his first since 2011.

Fagundez heating up …
Diego Fagundez scored in his second consecutive game last Saturday at Philadelphia, following up his two-goal performance against Seattle the weekend before … in the 26th minute at Philly, Fagundez picked up a pass from Teal Bunbury inside the area before finishing into the lower right corner … the 19-year-old also collected his second assist of the season, setting up Patrick Mullins’ goal in the 5-3 win … the 19-year-old Homegrown player now has 20 career goals, and ranks ninth in the club’s career scoring chart.

... Similarly to 2013
Diego Fagundez scored his first goals of the 2014 season in a 5-0 win against Seattle on May 11 … the 19-year-old scored again at Philadelphia on May 17 in the team’s 5-3 win … in 2013, Fagundez scored his second goal of the season on May 11 – the same in 2014 – that kick-started a four-game scoring streak through June 2 … he finished 2013 with a career-best 13 goals, the fifth-highest total in MLS last year.

Nguyen adds another
Lee Nguyen scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season with his strike in the 49th minute against Philadelphia … the goal was Nguyen’s first from open play since scoring the game-winner at San Jose on March 29 as his last three goals were all penalty kicks … Nguyen also recorded his first assist of the season at Philly, playing Teal Bunbury into space who in turn fed Diego Fagundez for his goal … the midfielder now has 14 MLS career goals and 10 MLS career assists, all as a member of the Revolution.

Soares scores in similar fashion as before
Revs’ defender A.J. Soares scored a headed goal off a free kick taken by Chris Tierney in the 13th minute … the goal was Soares’ first of the season and his first since Oct. 19, 2013 … Soares’ goal was the fifth of his career and his second against the Philadelphia Union … all five of Soares’ goals have been headed goals off set pieces – four served by Chris Tierney from the right side of the field (three free kicks and one corner kick) and one from Kelyn Rowe from the left side (free kick).

Knighton’s return
Goalkeeper Brad Knighton earned his first start as a member of the Revs since returning to the club in an offseason trade with Vancouver Whitecaps FC … Knighton made four saves, including a 70th minute diving save which earned an MLSsoccer.com Save of the Week nomination … last Saturday’s victory was his first league win since July 14, 2013.

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 the evening … 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.