FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Goalkeeper Matt Reis made seven saves to record his fifth shutout of the season and help the New England Revolution secure a 0-0 draw with the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
Reis made a pair of key stops on Antoine Hoppenot either side of halftime and denied Brian Carroll’s point-blank effort in the 51st minute as the Revs – featuring a new-look backline including Darrius Barnes and Flo Lechner – kept a clean sheet after conceding a combined seven goals in their past two matches.
Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath was forced into just three saves – all in the second half – as the Revs (6-14-7, 25 pts.) saw their winless run reach 10 games (0-7-3) to establish a new club record. Philadelphia (7-13-5, 26 pts.), meanwhile, is now winless in six (0-3-3).
The Revs were without leading scorer Saer Sene, who suffered a torn left ACL in the midweek draw with Chivas USA and will miss the remainder of the season. Sene’s absence was one of five changes to the Revolution’s lineup as head coach Jay Heaps elected to shake things up as the Revs played their third game in eight days.
Both sides struggled to find their rhythm throughout a quiet first half, but Philadelphia threatened twice just before the halftime break. In the 43rd minute, Hoppenot raced into the left side of the box and unleashed a shot which took a slight deflection off Barnes, but Reis held his near post and made a fine save. Reis had the woodwork to thank on the ensuing corner kick when Amobi Okugo’s header struck the crossbar.
The Union continued to threaten after the interval and had a glorious chance to strike less than 20 seconds into the second half. Freddy Adu sent Hoppenot on a clean breakaway, but Reis came up with a huge kick save to deny the rookie forward. Reis then did himself one better in the 51st minute, stopping Carroll’s point-blank shot after the ball found the Philly midfielder eight yards from goal.
Center back Stephen McCarthy registered the Revolution’s first shot in the 61st minute, directing a header wide of the target. It was the first of nine shots the Revs unleashed in the final 30 minutes, the most notable of which were Kelyn Rowe’s tight-angle drive which forced MacMath into a quality save in the 85th minute and Dimitry Imbongo’s stoppage-time blast which flew over the crossbar..
New England’s three-game home-stand comes to a close on Wednesday, Sept. 5, when the Revs will host the Columbus Crew. Kickoff from Gillette Stadium is set for 8 p.m.
New England Revolution vs. Philadelphia Union
September 1, 2012 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
New England Revolution 0, Philadelphia Union 0
New England Revolution: Matt Reis ©, Flo Lechner, Darrius Barnes, Stephen McCarthy, Kevin Alston, Fernando Cardenas (Kelyn Rowe 59), Benny Feilhaber, Clyde Simms (Ryan Guy 50), Lee Nguyen, Jerry Bengtson, Diego Fagundez (Dimitry Imbongo 75)
Substitutes Not Used: Tim Murray, Blake Brettschneider, Tyler Polak, Michael Roach
STATS: Shots 9, Shots on Target 3, Corner Kicks 3, Saves 7, Fouls 12, Offsides 3, Passes Completed (percentage) 247 (68.0%), Possession 35.1%
Philadelphia Union: Zac MacMath, Sheanon Williams, Amobi Okugo, Carlos Valdes ©, Michael Lahoud, Michael Farfan, Brian Carroll, Gabriel Farfan, Danny Cruz (Josue Martinez 83), Antoine Hoppenot (Jack McInerney 67), Freddy Adu (Keon Daniel 80)
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Konopka, Raymon Gaddis, Gabriel Gomez, Roger Torres
STATS: Shots 18, Shots on Target 7, Corner Kicks 10, Saves 3, Fouls 14, Offsides 3, Passes Completed (percentage) 487 (84.6%), Possession 64.9%
* Note that all statistics are unofficial
NE – Lee Nguyen (caution) 58
PHI – Freddy Adu (caution) 62
Referee: Drew Fischer
Assistant Referees: Daniel Belleau, Philippe Briere
Fourth Official: Geoff Gamble
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 70 degrees
New England Revolution: 6-14-7 (25 pts.)
Philadelphia Union (7-13-5, 26 pts.)
- With the draw, Philadelphia maintains a 3-0-3 lead in the all-time series between the two clubs, dating back to the first meeting in 2010
- The Revs earned their first home point against Philadelphia with the draw and are now 0-2-1 all-time at home against the Union… the clubs met for the first time at Gillette Stadium on August 28, 2010, with Philadelphia defeating New England, 2-1, before a 3-0 Union victory on July 17, 2011
- The two teams will round out the regular-season series on October 6 at PPL Park … Philadelphia defeated New England, 2-1, in the first meeting of the season on July 29, as the Union scored a 90th-minute goal to secure the win at PPL Park
- The 0-0 final marked the first time in three meetings that a game has not been decided by come-from behind goals in the 70th minute or later … Philadelphia stormed back with 80th and 91st minute goals to force a 4-4 draw on Sept. 7, 2011 … a 90th-minute goal for the Union sealed a 2-1 victory on July 29, 2012, at PPL Park
- The draw extends the Revs’ winless streak to ten games (0-7-3), setting a club record … the winless streak dates back to the 1-0 loss to Toronto on July 14
- Tonight’s draw also extended the Revs’ winless streak at home to five games (0-3-2) dating back to July 14 against Toronto … the Revs are now 5-4-5 in Foxborough this season
- The 0-0 final marked the Revs’ third scoreless draw of the season … prior to tonight, the Revs played to scoreless draws against Columbus (June 16) and at Sporting KC (July 21)
- The Revs suffered their 10th attacking shutout of the season and is one attacking shutout shy of the club record for attacking shutouts in a season (11) which was set in 2010 ... the Revs were held scoreless 10 times in a single season during three other campaigns: 2011, 1999 and 1997
- The Revs also recorded their sixth shutout of the season tonight behind Matt Reis’ fifth clean sheet of 2012 … Bobby Shuttleworth has one shutout as well – the 2-0 win against New York on July 8
- Matt Reis recorded his fifth shutout of the season and first since July 21 at Sporting Kansas City
- With the shutout tonight, Matt Reis has now recorded five or more shutouts in a season eight times … Reis recorded at least five shutouts in a season each year from 2005 to 2009 and again recorded five clean sheets in 2011
- Reis’ shutout was his 60th shutout as a member of the Revolution and 69th overall … with 69 shutouts in 279 appearances, Reis is ranked fifth on the all-time list for shutouts behind Kevin Hartman (111)
- Matt Reis made a season-high seven saves tonight … it was Reis’ first seven-save performance since August 17, 2011 against Houston … Reis’ record for most saves in a game is 11 on July 11, 2009 against Kansas City
- Five players not in the starting XI on Wednesday night against Chivas USA were given the nod tonight: Benny Feilhaber (central midfield), Darrius Barnes (center back), Flo Lechner (right back), Fernando Cardenas (right midfield) and Diego Fagundez (forward)
- Diego Fagundez earned his second start of the season tonight at forward … Fagundez has scored one goal in 13 appearances in 2012
- Flo Lechner made his fourth start of the season at right back … it was Lechner’s first start August 4 against Kansas City
- Kevin Alston made his first professional start at left back tonight … Alston made his first 104 appearances – all starts – at right back
- Prior to kickoff, the Revs announced that Saer Sene has a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of 2012 … Sene leads the team in scoring with 11 goals in 25 appearances and also contributed three assists
- The Revs will play their third games in an eight day stretch on Wednesday against Columbus, when they host the Crew at 7:30 p.m., at Gillette Stadium