FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (4-9-9, 21 pts.) return home for the first of three home matches in the month of August, taking on Chivas USA (6-8-8, 26 pts.) at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, August 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET. The match will be televised regionally on Comcast SportsNet, and carried locally on the radio by 98.5 The Sports Hub.
- The Revs will try to avenge their early-season loss to the Goats – a 3-0 defeat on April 30, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. – and look to split the season series for the third time since 2005.
- Chivas USA has the edge in the all-time, regular-season series between the two clubs, with a record of 6-5-2 … the teams have met just once outside of regular-season action, playing to a 1-1 draw in the group stage of SuperLiga 2008
- The Revs hold a 4-1-1 advantage in Foxborough against Chivas USA, dropping its only contest – a 4-0 loss – last year on May 5, 2010 … New England has outscored Chivas USA, 11-6, in those six matches
- Chivas USA defeated the Revolution in their first meeting this season - a 3-0 win at The Home Depot Center on April 30 … Chivas USA has only one season sweep against the Revolution in series history, winning both games in 2010.
- Before Chivas USA’s win at Gillette Stadium in May 2010, New England’s 2-1 win at The Home Depot Center on May 11, 2008, marked the only time the visiting team had won in the all-time series
- Eleven of the Revolution’s 14 goals against Chivas USA have been scored in the second half, including the last seven overall … conversely, Chivas USA has scored 10 of their 18 goals against the Revs in the first half
- New England has allowed more than one goal against Chivas USA just five times in 13 regular-season meetings … the Revs, meanwhile, have scored multiple goals against Chivas USA four times, including three of the last seven meetings
PLAYER NOTES VS. CHIVAS USA
- Shalrie Joseph is the team’s active scoring leader against Chivas USA, recording one goal and two assists in 10 appearances against the Goats, while registering eight shots.
- Kheli Dube and Kenny Mansally have each scored one goal against Chivas USA … Dube’s strike was the game-winning goal in the 2009 home game at Gillette Stadium, while Mansally struck at The Home Depot Center in 2008
- Ryan Cochrane and Chris Tierney are the only other active players to be involved in a scoring situation against Chivas USA … Cochrane has two assists (both coming in 2009 with the Houston Dynamo), while Tierney set up Dube’s goal in 2009
- Entering this game, Revs goalkeeper Matt Reis has allowed 11 goals in 11 games against Chivas USA, the most appearances by any Revs player…in those 11 games, he has a 5-4-2 record with three shutouts
- No active player on the Revs has scored more than one career goal against Chivas USA, while Justin Braun is the only active member of Chivas USA to net more than one strike against the Revs, potting three goals for the Goats against New England.
It’s Good to Be Home…
After playing five of their last six matches – dating back to the end of June - the Revs will play three of their next four games at Gillette Stadium to open August ... the team played just a single home league game – a 3-0 loss against Philadelphia (July 17) – in that six-week span (June 26-July 30), while posting a 1-2-4 mark in that run with the lone win coming at D.C. on July 20.
...Especially Against Chivas USA
After a long stretch on the road, the Revs can look forward to their opponent on Saturday … the Revs hold a 4-1-1 advantage in Foxborough against Chivas USA, suffering their only loss – a 4-0 defeat – last year on May 5, 2010 … New England has outscored Chivas USA, 11-6, in those six matches.
Unbeaten Streak Extends
After enduring a nine-game winless streak that began in May, the Revs are now riding a three-game unbeaten streak … the win at D.C. United on July 20 kicked off the latest run, with the Revs going 1-0-2 in their last three games – all on the road … the three-game undefeated streak is one shy of the team’s longest undefeated streak this season – four games – in which the team went 1-0-3 in the first four matches of the year.
Goals are Starting to Flow
With just 20 goals scored this season – tied with Chicago for the league’s lowest mark – the Revolution has scored in each of its last three matches … the Revs have been shut out eight times this season, the second-highest mark in MLS behind San Jose’s 10 offensive shutouts, and tied with Columbus and Vancouver’s eight attacking shutouts … the Revs have now scored in at least three consecutive games in three different spans this season: four games to open the season (March 20 at LA through April 6 against Portland) and three games from June 18 against Chicago through July 4 at Real Salt Lake … overall, the Revs have scored in six of their last seven games, notching nine goals in that span, a 1.29 goals per game mark.
Soares to Miss Match Saturday
A.J. Soares was issued a straight red card in the 82nd minute at Kansas City on Saturday, and will be unavailable for this upcoming Saturday’s match against Chivas USA while serving a mandatory one-game red-card suspension … the ejection for Soares was his second of the season after he picked up his first-ever red card at Vancouver on April 6 … as a rookie, the only game he has missed this season has been the game he had to serve his one-game suspension on April 9 against Real Salt Lake.
A.J. Soares’ red card in Kansas City on Saturday marked the team’s seventh of the season in only 22 games, and set the club’s single-season record for red cards … in 1998, the Revolution were shown six red cards in the 32-game season … the Revs now have more red cards than any team in the league this season - two more than Houston, Kansas City and Vancouver, who each have five ejections.
Reis Always Cool Under Pressure in Late Summer
Matt Reis finds a way to beat the heat and the opposing attacks in August … Reis has recorded 12 shutouts in his career during the month of August, a mark that is tied with Pat Onstand and Joe Cannon for second-most in the MLS records books, trailing leader Zack Thornton by three August shutouts … most recently, he recorded two of his three shutouts last season in the month of August, posting a clean sheet in 1-0 wins in consecutive games – against D.C. United on August 7, and then against Houston August 14 – both at Gillette Stadium.
Rajko Starts and Finishes July on Scoring Note
Rajko Lekic scored his fourth goal of the season on Saturday at Kansas City with his first-half strike … it was his first since July 4 at Real Salt Lake when he successfully converted a penalty kick … two of his four goals this season came in July, bookending the month with strikes … Lekic is now second on the team in goals scored, behind leader Shalrie Joseph who has six goals.
Reis Helps Himself
Matt Reis recorded an assist on Rajko Lekic’s goal on Saturday night in Kansas City, a rarity for the 14-year veteran … it was Reis’ first assist since Aug. 25, 2007, when he assisted on Taylor Twellman’s goal in the 46th minute in the 2-1 win at Gillette Stadium … it was just the third goalkeeper assist this season in MLS, following Steven Frei (Toronto FC on March 26) and Tally Hall’s (Houston on April 2) efforts earlier this year.
Taking it To Them Early of Late
Saturday’s 1-0 lead at the half at Kansas City marked the second game in a row in which the Revs went into halftime with the lead … it was just the third time this season the Revs have led at the half … overall, the team is now 1-0-3 when leading at the half and have drawn their last two games at 1-1 – at Colorado on July 23 and at Kansas City on July 30.
Bolstering Points in Blistering Heat…
With Saturday’s official temperature of 90 degrees at kickoff in Kansas City, it marked the third straight game in which the temperature was 90 degrees or more at kickoff, a club record … the Revs are 11-8-9 all-time when the temperature at kickoff is 90-degrees or higher … additionally, the team has picked up least one point in 20 of the 28 games with exceedingly hot temperatures – including each of the last three (at D.C. on July 20, at Colorado on July 23 and at Kansas City on July 30).
…But it was a Red-Hot July
A.J. Soares’ ejection at Kansas City Saturday marked the fourth red card by a Revs player in the month of July this year … the four sending-offs is the most by any club in the month of July in MLS history … the Revs saw players ejected in four of the team’s five games played in July: Ryan Cochrane at Real Salt Lake (July 4), Benny Feilhaber against Philadelphia (July 17), Chris Tierney at Colorado (July 23) and A.J. Soares at Kansas City (July 30).
Fagundez Finally Returns Home
Home Grown player and 16-year-old midfielder Diego Fagundez has had a busy two weeks … after departing with the first team on July 19 for a six-day trip to Washington, D.C and Colorado, he flew to Dallas to meet up with the squad that traveled to play in the Generation adidas U17 Cup the week of July 24 … after injuries and suspensions required him to re-join the first team, Fagundez traveled from Dallas to Kansas City on Friday, July 29, and met up with the squad … finally, on Sunday, July 31 – 13 days after leaving home – Fagundez returned to Boston.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT NEWS
Generation adidas U17 Cup Wrap-Up
On Sunday, the Revs wrapped up play in the week-long, 2011 Generation adidas U17 Cup in Frisco, Texas … the team finished fourth in Group C with a 1-2-0 record with losses to Toronto FC (7-0) and Chivas USA (2-0) and a penalty-kick victory over Colorado after the teams played to a 3-3 draw in regulation … in bracket play, the Revs fell 4-2 to Real Salt Lake before dropping a 5-3 loss to Seattle in the final match on Sunday.