FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Bobby Shuttleworth needed to make just one save as the New England Revolution’s league-best defense was stellar yet again in a 0-0 draw with D.C. United on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
The draw snapped the Revolution’s three-game winning streak but did extend the club’s unbeaten run to five games (3-0-2), while D.C. United’s club-record winless run has now reached 12 matches (0-9-3).
Shuttleworth’s clean sheet was his seventh of the season – and New England’s league-leading ninth of the campaign – and extended the Revolution’s shutout streak to 395 minutes, the longest in team history. The Revs have now kept four straight clean sheets and haven’t conceded a goal since May 11.
Chances were limited in the opening stages as both teams lacked sharpness in the final third, but the game began to open up as the first half progressed. Scott Caldwell and Juan Toja forced a pair of saves out of D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid near the half-hour mark, sandwiched around a Chris Pontius effort which Shuttleworth was alert to kick away at the near post.
The Revs made a pair of attack-minded changes early in the second half – bringing on Kelyn Rowe and Chad Barrett – and almost found a goal in the immediate aftermath. Diego Fagundez saw his rising shot fly just over the crossbar after a mazy run through the middle, while Chris Tierney struck the near post with a right-footed effort just one minute later.
Hamid made two quality saves in the closing stages, denying Lee Nguyen in the 88th minute and Rowe just two minutes later, while United midfielder Perry Kitchen headed wide from a promising position in stoppage time as neither side managed to make the breakthrough.
Next up for the Revs is a fourth-round U.S. Open Cup meeting with the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, June 12, which the Revolution will host at Harvard University’s Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium. The Revs will return to league action next weekend when they visit Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place.
D.C. United at New England Revolution
June 8, 2013 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
D.C. United 0, New England Revolution 0
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves, Stephen McCarthy, Andrew Farrell, Saer Sene (Kelyn Rowe 54), Lee Nguyen, Scott Caldwell, Juan Toja (Chad Barrett 65), Diego Fagundez, Juan Agudelo
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Reis, Darrius Barnes, Kalifa Cisse, Andy Dorman, A.J. Soares
STATS: Shots 12, Shots on Target 4, Corner Kicks 5, Saves 1, Fouls 13, Offsides 2, Passes 399 (78.4%) Possession 50.8%
D.C. United: Bill Hamid, Chris Korb, Ethan White, Daniel Woolard, James Riley, Kyle Porter (Casey Townsend 82), Perry Kitchen, John Thorrington (Sainey Nyassi 70), Nick DeLeon, Chris Pontius, Carlos Ruiz (Dwayne De Rosario 75)
Substitutes Not Used: Joe Willis, Taylor Kemp, Brandon McDonald, Conor Shanosky
STATS: Shots 12, Shots on Target 1, Corner Kicks 9, Saves 4, Fouls 12, Offsides 1, Passes 387 (49.2%), Possession 49.2%
* Note that all statistics are unofficial as supplied by Opta
NE – Juan Toja (caution) 49
D.C. – Chris Korb (caution) 72
NE – Lee Nguyen (caution) 78
D.C. – Ethan White (caution) 85
Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistant Referees: Corey E. Rockwell (AR1), Craig Lowry (AR2)
Fourth Official: Ismail Elfath
Weather: 79 degrees and cloudy
New England Revolution – 5-4-5 (20 pts.)
D.C. United 1-10-3 (6 pts)
- With the draw, the Revs improved to 23-28-9 all-time against D.C.
- Saturday’s win also saw the Revs improve its home record against D.C. United to 15-10-5
- The Revs also extended its unbeaten streak to five games (3-0-2)
- With Saturday’s tie, the Revs have still not dropped a home game against an Eastern Conference opponent this season, posting a 2-0-3 record
- Bobby Shuttleworth earned his seventh – a new season high – shutout of the season, tying him for the league-lead with Sporting KC’s Jimmy Nielsen
- Saturday’s clean sheet was the league-leading ninth of the season among teams in MLS
- Shuttleworth – and the Revs defense – also extended the team’s consecutive shutout streak to 395 minutes … the last goal conceded came on May 11 against the New York Red Bulls
- The consecutive shutout streak of 395 minutes is a new team record … the longest previous streak was 386 minutes in 2009 … Matt Reis was in goal for the streak that lasted from July 4 to August 1
- The Revs also improved its league-leading goals against average to 0.62
- Saturday’s game marked the first time the Revs have used the same lineup in consecutive games since June 2 and June 16 of 2012
- Saturday marked the end of the club’s three-game home stand … the team recorded a 2-0-1 record in the stretch for seven out of nine points
- Saturday also marked the fourth time this season the Revs have played to a 0-0 draw
- Diego Fagundez saw his four-game scoring streak come to an end on Saturday … Fagundez has five goals on the year
- Jay Heaps is one win/draw away from tying his longest consecutive unbeaten streak of five games … the Revs went 2-0-3 from June 2 to July 8 in 2012
- The Revs do not return home until July 6th when they host the San Jose Earthquakes