FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution will make its fourth cross-country trek of the season when the team travels to take on the San Jose Earthquakes for Saturday night’s match. Kickoff is set for 10:30 p.m. ET, and Comcast SportsNet New England will televise Saturday’s match, while 98.5 The Sports Hub will have the game on the radio.
SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
Team information vs. San Jose
- Saturday marks the 34th all-time meeting between two of the original MLS teams … San Jose leads the all-time, regular-season series between the two clubs, 17-11-5
- Saturday’s match will begin the two-game, regular-season series between the Revs and Earthquakes … the teams will meet in the return game at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 3
- The Revs are just 5-8-3 all-time in away matches against San Jose
- The Revolution hasn’t fared very well when the Earthquakes visit Foxborough, going 6-9-2 in 17 all-time matches ... the Revs have had an even tougher time with the Earthquakes since Gillette Stadium opened in 2002, with a 2-5-2 record and have been outscored, 12-5 inside the stadium … however, New England is undefeated at home in each of the last three games against San Jose with a 4-1 scoring edge
- The Revolution is 3-2-1 against San Jose since the team returned to the league in 2008
- In the 33 all-time meetings between the two clubs, San Jose has outscored New England, 61-42 … there have been 12 shutouts recorded in the series, with six posted by each club
- New England has shut out San Jose once in each of the past three seasons, a 2-0 win in Foxborough on May 17, 2008, a 1-0 win at San Jose on April 21, 2009 and a 0-0 draw at home on May 15, 2010 … the Earthquakes retaliated with a 2-0 shutout of their own on April 17, 2010 and then equaled the Revs in the 0-0 draw in Foxborough later in the season
- The Revolution and Earthquakes have never met outside the MLS regular season
Player Notes vs. San Jose
- The only current Revs player to have scored goals against San Jose while playing for the Revolution is Kheli Dube (two goals in five appearances) … Dube scored his first career goal in his first career start on May 17, 2008 in the Revs’ 2-0 win at Gillette (the other goal was an own goal) … the Zimbabwean then scored the only goal of the game in the Revolution’s season-opening, 1-0 win at Buck Shaw Stadium on March 21, 2009
- Shalrie Joseph is the only current Revs player to record assists – two of them – against San Jose
- Marko Perović made his first-ever MLS start against the Earthquakes when the teams met on April 17, 2010, at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
- Matt Reis is 3-3-2 in his Revolution career against San Jose with a 1.13 goals against average and two shutouts … overall, he is 4-5-2 against the Earthquakes in his entire career
- Ryan Cochrane is a two-time former member of the Earthquakes … he began his career with San Jose in 2004 and played two seasons, before moving to Houston with the team in 2006 … San Jose selected him in the 2007 Expansion Draft and then he played one-and-a-half seasons with the Quakes before being traded back to Houston in the summer of 2009 … ironically, he has never appeared against his former team
Go West, Young Men … Again
The Revolution will be making its fourth West Coast trek this season when it heads to San Jose for Saturday’s match … the Revs will be the first East Coast team to make their fourth trip to the West Coast … only Toronto has made more than two trips west (three) … the Revs opened the season at LA on March 20, then traveled to Vancouver on April 6 and Chivas USA on April 30.
Searching for First Pacific Win since 2009
Through three West Coast matches so far this season, New England is 0-1-2 with draws at LA and Vancouver and a loss at Chivas USA … the Revs have not won on the West Coast since a 1-0 victory at Seattle on Aug. 20, 2009 … since that game, New England has gone 0-5-2 (including an 0-4-0 record in 2010) in West Coast games.
Busy Stretch – and Much Traveling – Ahead
Starting with Saturday’s game at San Jose, the Revs will play three games in eight days, with a U.S. Open Cup Play-In match sandwiched between league contests at San Jose (May 21) and against LA (May 28) … with two of those games on the road, the Revolution will travel approximately 7,910 air miles in eight days … on Thursday, May 19, the Revs will fly to San Francisco and then return on Sunday … the team will then turn around and fly direct to Kansas City for the play-in match on Tuesday, and return through Chicago on Thursday.
Cochrane to Finally Face Old Team?
Ryan Cochrane began his MLS career in San Jose and played all or parts of four seasons with the Earthquakes … he also spent all or parts of four other seasons in Houston, but yet he has never faced his former and original team … Saturday’s match could be the first time in Cochrane’s eight-year MLS career that he plays against the team where he started.
“Homecoming” for Two Revs
Two members of the Revolution – Ryan Cochrane and Stephen McCarthy – played collegiately at Santa Clara University – and at Buck Shaw Stadium, where the team will face the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday evening … Cochrane (2001-03) was a three-time All-American, while McCarthy (2006-08) was the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year in 2006 and a three-time All-WCC honoree … both players spent just three seasons at Santa Clara – Cochrane leaving after his junior year and entering MLS through the Nike Project-40 program, and McCarthy transferring to North Carolina for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Defensive Lockdown in Recent Weeks
After a season-worst 3-0 loss at Chivas USA on April 30, the Revs’ defense has gone into lockdown mode, posting back-to-back shutouts in the team’s last two matches … the team’s back-to-back shutouts are the teams first since Aug. 7, 2010 (1-0 win against D.C.) and Aug. 14, 2010 (1-0 win against Houston) … against defending MLS Cup champion Colorado on May 7, the Revs’ defense surrendered just one shot on goal on nine total shots … Saturday night against Vancouver, New England allowed 11 shots … the Revs head into Saturday’s game at San Jose riding a 212-minute shutout streak.
Reis Returns to Form
Matt Reis has backboned the team’s last two shutouts and in the process has moved his career shutout total to 61, spanning his 14-year MLS career … he is seventh in MLS history in career shutouts, one behind Tony Meola (62) and three shutouts from a top-five ranking (Pat Onstad, 64) … Reis will enter Saturday’s game with a 200-minute shutout streak intact … his personal streak began in the 70th minute against Kansas City on April 23, and then includes the May 7 Colorado match and the May 14 Vancouver match … he sat out the Chivas USA match on April 30 while resting a sprained left shoulder.
Scoreless Streak Snapped, Too
Shalrie Joseph’s 49th-minute penalty kick on Saturday snapped the Revolution’s 236-minute scoreless streak that ran back to the April 23 Sporting Kansas City match … before Joseph’s successful PK attempt on Saturday, the last Revs goal came from Rajko Lekic in the 83rd minute against Sporting KC … New England had been held scoreless at Chivas USA (April 30) and against Colorado (May 7), and the 236-minute scoreless streak is the sixth-longest in MLS this season.
Joseph is New PK Leader
With his successful penalty kick on Saturday night against Vancouver, Shalrie Joseph claimed sole possession of first place in the Revs’ career penalty kick list with 10 … he entered the game with nine career penalty kicks, tied with former captain Steve Ralston who also had nine in his nine-year Revolution career (2002-10) … Joseph is now 2-for-2 on the season and 4-for-4 spanning the last three seasons.
Lineup Changes Persist
Steve Nicol deployed his 10th different lineup in 10 games on Saturday evening against Vancouver … twice Nicol has used the same 10 field players as the previous starting lineup – against Portland (April 2) and at Vancouver (April 6), but the goalkeepers were different in both games: Matt Reis vs. Portland and Bobby Shuttleworth at Vancouver … in no game this season has the same starting 11 trotted out for consecutive games, or even multiple games.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT NEWS
The Revolution’s youth teams swept their competition last weekend, going 4-0-0 as both the Under-18 and Under-16 squads defeated South Central Premier on Saturday and Oakwood SC on Sunday … Lincoln’s Cole Denormandie led the way with three goals and one assist for the Under-18s, while Diego Fagundez had one goal and one assist while splitting the weekend between the U16s on Saturday and the U18s on Sunday … on Saturday, the U18s earned a 4-1 win over South Central Premier, and followed it up with a 3-0 victory on Sunday against Oakwood … the U16s picked up a 2-0 victory over South Central on Saturday, before completing the sweep Sunday with a 2-1 win behind Mitch Taintor’s stoppage time penalty kick.
The Under-18s (8-9-4, 2-1-2 division) currently sit third in the Northeast Division of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy … the Under-16s (9-6-6, 3-1-1 division) are second in the Northeast Division.