FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Revolution (3-9-7, 16 pts.) will play two of the its three straight road matches when the team heads to the Nation’s Capital and the Rocky Mountains for Wednesday and Saturday matches.
The Revs will travel to Washington to face Eastern Conference foe D.C. United (5-5-8, 23 pts.) at RFK Stadium on Wednesday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m., before heading west to complete the season series with the Colorado Rapids (6-6-9, 27 pts.) on Saturday, July 23, at 9 p.m. ET at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Both matches will be televised regionally on Comcast SportsNet and carried on the radio by 98.5 The Sports Hub.
Both matches this week also wrap up season series. On March 26, the Revs earned a 2-1 win against United at Gillette Stadium behind goals from Zack Schilawski and Shalrie Joseph. On May 7, New England and Colorado played to a 0-0 draw in Foxborough.
SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST D.C. UNITED
Team information vs. D.C. United
- Wednesday’s match is the 56th all-time, regular season meeting between the New England Revolution and D.C. United … this will be the 63rd overall meeting between the two clubs, who have played four MLS Cup matches and three U.S. Open contests
- D.C. leads the all-time, regular season series between the two clubs, 25-22-8 ... the Revs are 7-16-4 on the road against United, but own a 15-9-4 advantage in Foxborough – including an 9-3-4 record at Gillette Stadium
- With the 2-1 win against United on March 26, the Revs enter Saturday with a five-game unbeaten streak (4-0-1) against United since the start of the 2009 season ...last season, the Revs took both games in the series - including a 2-0 road win at RFK Stadium on April 3, and a 1-0 home win in Foxborough on August 7 ... in 2009, the Revs played to a 1-1 draw at D.C. on April 17, before winning, 2-1, at Gillette on May 30, during the return leg
- The 2009 and 2010 series wins marked the first time the Revs won back-to-back season series against D.C.
- The regular-season series has been remarkably even in recent years, as the Revs hold a slight 6-4-5 advantage in 15 meetings since the start of the 2006 regular season.
- 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 vs. D.C. United
- Shalrie Joseph has scored four times in 25 career appearances against D.C. to lead all current Revolution players in goals against D.C. ...had had an assist and then the game-winning penalty kick in the teams’ last meeting on March 26
- Zack Schilawski scored the go-ahead goal in the eighth minute against D.C. on March 26, his first career goal scored against United
- Kenny Mansally has tallied two goals and one assist in five career games against D.C. ... Mansally scored both of those goals in a two-minute span during New England’s 2-0 win at RFK Stadium in last year’s series opener on April 3, and later won MLS Player of the Week honors for his play
- Kheli Dube has scored one goal with two assists in five career games against D.C. ... Dube had a goal and an assist in a 2-2 draw on May 29, 2008, at Gillette Stadium and assisted on the Revs’ lone goal in a 2-1 loss on Oct. 16, 2008, at RFK
- Pat Phelan is the only other current Rev to have scored a goal against D.C. ... Phelan scored the game-winning goal in New England’s 1-0 win on Aug. 7, 2010 at Gillette Stadium
- Chris Tierney picked up game-winning assists in both meetings with D.C. last season, feeding Kenny Mansally‘s opening tally in a 2-0 win on April 3, and setting up Pat Phelan for the only goal of a 1-0 win on Aug. 7
- Matt Reis is the Revs’ all-time leader in games played in goal against United with 23 ... Reis has posted a 8-9-6 record all-time against D.C., with four shutouts and a 1.43 goals against average
SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST COLORADO
Team information vs. Colorado
- Saturday’s match marks the 38th all-time meeting between two of the founding teams of MLS … Colorado leads the all-time, regular-season series between the two clubs, 18-11-8
- New England is just 3-12-3 in matches played in Colorado, including an 0-2-2 mark at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park … at home against Colorado, the Revs have posted a 5-3-4 mark at Gillette Stadium and an 8-6-5 mark overall
- New England is winless in the last three seasons against Colorado, going 0-3-4 against the Rapids since the start of the 2008 season
- Saturday night’s match is the second meeting of the 2011 season … the teams played to a scoreless draw on May 7 at Gillette Stadium
- The teams last met at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Sept. 18, 2010, with Colorado sweeping the season series behind a 3-0 win after taking a 2-1 win at Gillette Stadium on April 24
- The Revolution has not won the season series against Colorado since 2001, which was the first time the club won since the first two season series in 1996 and 1997
- The Revolution’s last win against Colorado came in 2007, when the Revs took a 1-0 win at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 29 behind Khano Smith’s 88th-minute goal
- The Revolution and Rapids have yet to meet in a match outside of the MLS regular season
Player Notes vs. Colorado
- Kenny Mansally and Kheli Dube are the only two current Revs players who have scored goals against Colorado
- Mansally’s second-half strike in Commerce City in 2008 leveled the game and earned the Revs’ their first result in Colorado since 2004
- Dube scored in the team’s match in Colorado in 2009, giving the team a 1-0 lead before the Rapids leveled in the second half on a penalty kick to send the match to a final 1-1 draw
- Shalrie Joseph has made a team-high 15 appearances against Colorado, recording one assist with a team-high 12 shots
- Ryan Cochrane is the only other player who has recorded any points against Colorado – an assist in 2004 in his rookie season with San Jose
- Only six players started both matches against Colorado last season, including Kevin Alston, Pat Phelan and Sainey Nyassi
- Matt Reis is 7-7-4 all-time against Colorado, including five shutouts … with the Revs, he is 3-7-4 with two shutouts
Week On The Road
After Wednesday’s match at D.C., the Revs will travel straight to Denver for Saturday’s tilt against the Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park ... the team will depart Washington, D.C., on Thursday afternoon, and the train in Commerce City on Friday afternoon ahead of Saturday night’s game ... the Revs’ six-day road trip is the team’s only two-game trip this year.
Living Out Of The Suitcase For A While
The Revs are in the midst of a stretch that sees them play five of six games on the road through the month of July ... the team played just a single home league game - Sunday’s 3-0 loss against Philadelphia – in that six-week span (June 26-July 30) ... the team’s travels have already taken them to Seattle (June 26) and Salt Lake (July 4), with Wednesday’s game at D.C., Colorado (July 23) and Kansas City (July 30) all up on deck, before they play three of their next four games at Gillette Stadium to open August ... so far the Revs are winless on the road, going 0-6-3 in their nine previous attempts.
Shalrie’s Back: Sending Shots On Goal
Midfielder Shalrie Joseph is expected to return to the Revs’ lineup on Wednesday after serving a mandatory one-game yellow-card accumulation suspension ... his return will be a boon for the Revs after the team did not put a single shot on goal on Sunday against Philly ... Joseph has taken 29 shots this season, 16 on goal ... his shots on goal percentage (55.2 percent) ranks seventh in MLS, 10 percent behind league leader Marcos Mondaini of Chivas USA (64.7) ... the Revs’ captain leads the club in shots on goal and goals (5) - and trails Rajko Leckic (30) in shots by one - in his 17 appearances this season.
Feilhaber Unavailable Against United
With his two yellow cards in the last match against Philadelphia (July 17), Benny Feilhaber will miss Wednesday’s match against D.C. United while serving his mandatory one-game red-card suspension ... Feilhaber picked up his second caution and subsequent red card in the 66th minute of the Revs’ 3-0 loss after a body check to Carlos Ruiz off the ball while already on one card.
The Revs are still searching for their first road victory of the 2011 season, entering next Wednesday’s game with an 0-6-3 mark in away games ... after drawing their first two road efforts - at LA (March 20, 1-1) and at Vancouver (April 6, 1-1), the Revs have dropped six straight road games before their 3-3 draw at Real Salt Lake on July 4... in nine road games, the Revs have scored just eight road goals - one each at LA (Shalrie Joseph), Vancouver (Ilija Stolica), San Jose (Chris Tierney), New York (Zak Boggs) and Seattle (Sainey Nyassi) before exploding for three goals (Lekic, Tierney and Joseph) in Salt Lake City.
Still Searching For Western Win On This Trip
Saturday’s match in Colorado will give the Revs an opportunity to snap a 14-game winless streak in matches played in the Mountain or Pacific Time zones, which dates back to September of 2009 … since earning a 1-0 win at Seattle on Aug. 20, 2009, New England is 0-10-4 in matches played in the Rockies or on the West Coast, and is just 2-12-4 since the start of 2009 in the two Western-most time zones.
Joseph Garners All-Star Nod
For the eighth-straight year, Shalrie Joseph has earned MLS All-Star honors ... he was among New York Red Bulls and All-Star head coach Hans Backe’s coach’s selections, announced on Monday ... Joseph has been named to every All-Star Game squad since the 2004 season ... he will join up with the All-Stars in New York on Sunday, July 24 and will return to the Revs on Thursday, July 28.
Dabo Hangs Up His Boots
Midfielder Ousmane Dabo announced his retirement from professional soccer on Monday ... the 16-year professional cited physical issues that were unable to heal as his reason for his retirement and thereby releasing the club from his contract ... Dabo, 34, joined the Revolution on February 11, 2011, and made three league appearances with the club, in addition to one appearance in the MLS Play-In rounds of the U.S. Open Cup.
Domi Released From Contract
On Friday, July 15, Major League Soccer released left back Didier Domi from his contract with the league and from service to the Revs ... Domi, 33, signed with the Revs on January 11, 2011, after a 14-year career in Europe in France, England, Spain, Portugal and most recently, Greece ... he appeared in nine games, making eight starts at left back, and recorded one assist, a secondary assist at New York (June 10).
Diego Gets To Dress
Diego Fagundez, the Revs’ 16-year-old Home Grown player, will be making his first league away trip this week ... he will be among the 18 players dressed on Wednesday in D.C., and then will travel on to Colorado with the rest of the squad ... Wednesday night will mark the first time Fagundez has dressed in the 18 for an MLS contest ... he has previously dressed - and played - in Reserve League matches and U.S. Open Cup Play-In Games, but has not previously dressed for an MLS match.
Revs’ Reserves Unbeaten In Last Four
The Revs reserves pushed their unbeaten streak to four games and their winning streak to three games with a 3-1 win against Philadelphia’s reserves on Monday morning at Gillette Stadium ... Diego Fagundez recorded one goal and one assist, while Alan Koger and Andrew Sousa also scored goals ... Revs Academy product Dominik Machado (Attleboro, Mass.) and Peguy Ngatcha (Manchester, N.H.) also picked up assists in the game.
Record Winless Streak
With the 3-0 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday, the Revs are now winless in their last nine games (0-6-3) … the nine-game winless stretch is tied for the longest in club history, the fourth occasion for such a streak ... the Revs went 0-5-4 in a similar stretch in 2003, and 0-9 during separate spans in the 1997 (between July 20 and August 9) and 1998 (between May 13 and July 1) seasons.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT NEWS
Heading Back to Texas
The Revs’ U-16 team will next compete in the Generation adidas U-17 cup in Frisco, Texas, July 25-31 … several new members of the 2011-12 Under-16 and Under-18 teams will participate in the tournament … the squad’s roster for the trip will be released next week.
Youth players get the call against Philly in reserve match
Four youth players were called up to the lineup for the Revs’ reserve match against Philadelphia on July 18, with three seeing time in the 3-1 win … Dominik Machado (Attleboro, Mass.) started and played 90 minutes while picking up one assist, Peguy Ngatcha (Manchester, N.H.) also had an assist … Cole Denormandie (Lincoln, Mass.) was a halftime substitute … additionally, Revs Home Grown player and Under-16 star Diego Fagundez (Leominster, Mass.) picked up one goal and one assist in 90 minutes of action.