Weekly Update: April 23

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Coming off last weekend’s bye, the New England Revolution (2-4-0, 6 pts.) returns to action this weekend and travels to Red Bull Arena to face the New York Red Bulls (3-3-1, 10 pts.) on Saturday, April 28, in a nationally-televised game on the NBC Sports Network.

The game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. While NBC Sports Network will televise the game nationally, 98.5 The Sports Hub will carry the game on the radio

Saturday’s match will mark the first of three meetings between the two clubs this year, with two home matches scheduled on July 8 and Sept. 22, at Gillette Stadium. New York took the 2011 regular-season series after winning the first match, 2-1, on June 10, at Red Bull Arena, before playing to a 2-2 draw on Aug. 20, at Gillette Stadium.


Team Notes vs. New York

· The Revs lead the all-time, regular-season series with the New York Red Bulls (formerly the New York/New Jersey MetroStars), 25-18-12 …on the road, the Revs trail the all-time series, 8-14-7, against New York (0-2-0 at Red Bull Arena in MLS regular-season action) … the Revs have been much better at home, holding a 17-4-5 mark in Foxborough – including a 10-1-3 record at Gillette Stadium

· Saturday’s game will mark the 64th all-time meeting between the Revolution and Red Bulls in MLS regular-season, postseason and tournament action combined, tied for the most meetings against any opponent in club history … the Revs have also played D.C. United 64 total times

· Saturday’s match is the first of three matches between the two clubs this season … the teams will meet again on July 8 and Sept. 22 at Gillette Stadium

· New York took the season series in 2011 for the first time since New York re-branded in 2005 … the Red Bulls defeated the Revolution 2-1 on June 10 at Red Bull Arena before playing to a 2-2 draw on Aug. 20 …the Revs are now 7-2-6 in their last 15 against New York

· New York’s 2-1 win at Red Bull Arena on June 10 marked the Red Bulls’ second win in a row against New England … previously, the Revs posted a 14-game regular-season unbeaten streak (8-0-6) against the New York club, dating back to the end of the 2005 season

· New England and New York have met in the postseason three times – all since 2003 – and the Revs have eliminated New York on each occasion … the clubs most recent playoff encounter was in the 2007 Eastern Conference Semifinal Series

Player Notes vs. New York

· Shalrie Joseph, a New York product, is the team’s active leader in scoring against New York with two goals and eight assists in 26 games

· Kenny Mansally has scored one goal and one assist against New York … his goal came in the March 28, 2009, meeting at Giants Stadium, when he struck in the 90th minute to tie the game at 1-1

· Two other current players – Zak Boggs and Sainey Nyassi – have all also scored single goals against New York

· Matt Reis and Chris Tierney have also each recorded assists against New York

· Zak Boggs recorded the Revs’ first-ever goal at Red Bull Arena last season in the 2-1 loss on June 10

· After Shalrie Joseph’s 26 appearances, Matt Reis’ 22 appearances and Clyde Simms 18 appearances, no other player has made more than nine appearances against New York

· Matt Reis is 11-3-7 in his Revolution career against the Red Bulls, posting a 1.21 goals against average and seven shutouts

· Bobby Shuttleworth is 1-1-1 in his Revolution career against New York, with a 1.95 goals against average … Shuttleworth – a native of Tonawanda, New York (a Buffalo suburb) – made the start in the 2-2 draw against the Red Bulls on Aug 20, 2011, at Gillette Stadium, while Matt Reis served a red-card suspension


Lunch with Dunkin’ Wednesday?

Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday by celebrating your favorite administrative professional … fans can nominate their favorite administrative professional as an “Awesome Administrative Professional” … the winning administrative professional and his/her officemates will win a surprise Dunkin’ Donuts lunch for 10 delivered to them this Wednesday – April 25 – by rookie Kelyn Rowe … entries will be accepted until 4 p.m. ET, on Tuesday, April 24 … nomination details and contest information is located HERE.

A new chapter in NE-NY rivalry

Saturday’s match will mark the first of three matches this season against New York – the Revs’ second most-played opponent all time, one game behind D.C. … the Revs have played the Red Bulls (formerly the MetroStars) on 63 previous occasions, including 55 times in MLS regular-season action … the Revs lead the all-time, regular-season series, 25-18-12, but are 8-14-7 at New York – including an 0-2-0 record at Red Bull Arena since its opening in 2010.

History kind to NE in Revs-Red Bulls series

The Revs have scored at least one point in 13 of the last 15 games against the Red Bulls … in the current span, dating back to July 1, 2006, the Revs are 7-2-6 against their Eastern Conference rivals – including a 14-game regular-season unbeaten streak (8-0-6) from 2005 to 2010 – but are winless (0-2-1) against New York in their last three meetings.

Relishing chance to impress national audience again

Following the bye week, the Revs return to action in their second nationally-televised match this season on the NBC Sports Network this season … in the club’s NBC Sports Network debut on March 31, the Revs erupted for two first-half goals to defeat LA, 3-1 … the Revs had not seen much success in nationally-televised games from 2009 to 2011, as the Revolution posted a 4-12-6 record: 2-1-2 record on ESPN2, 1-3-2 on the Univision family of networks (Univision, Telefutura and Galavision) and 1-8-2 on FOX Soccer.

Reserves to Follow First Team

The Revolution will play its second match of its Reserve League schedule on Saturday when they face the Red Bulls Reserves following the teams’ first-team match at Montclair State University … this will be the Red Bulls’ third match of the season (1-1-0), while the Revs (0-1-0) last played to a 4-2 loss on the road against the Union Reserves on April 9, as Kenny Mansally scored both New England goals … the Revolution reserves went 4-5-1 last season.

Looking to end April showers

The Revs will close out the month of April on Saturday in New York, seeking their first win of the month after losses to FC Dallas (1-0) and D.C. United (2-1) to open the month... the last time the club winless in April was 2004, when the Revs were 0-2-1 ... in 2011, the Revs played a club-record six matches in April and went 1-3-2.

Reis is stellar against New York

Matt Reis is 11-3-7 all-time against New York and is the Revs’ club leader in regular-season wins against New York with 10 …since joining the Revs in 2003, Reis has recorded six shutouts, posted a 1.28 goals against average and has conceded two goals or more against New York just once since 2008 – last season’s 2-1 loss on June 10 at Red Bull Arena.

Matt still looking for win number 100

Matt Reis has been sitting on 99 career victories since March 31, and enters Saturday’s match one shy of the 100-win milestone … when he reaches win number 100, Reis will become just the sixth goalkeeper in MLS history to reach the 100-win mark, joining Kevin Hartman (173), Zach Thornton (131), Nick Rimando (126), Joe Cannon (109) and Scott Garlick (107) … Reis won 17 games with the Galaxy from 1998 to 2002 before earning his last 82 wins with the Revolution.

Return of the captain

Captain Shalrie Joseph is expected to return to the field on Saturday against New York after missing the match against D.C. on April 14 while serving a one-game MLS Disciplinary Committee suspension stemming from a tackle on April 5 at Dallas … Joseph is the team’s active leader in scoring against New York with two goals and eight assists in 26 career games, and this season has a team-best two assists.

Revs among top five in shots on goal

The Revs enter Saturday ranked fifth in MLS in shots on goal with 33 in six games, eight behind league-leader Kansas City (41) … in comparison, the Revs have played the fewest games of teams ranked in the top five: Sporting KC (first), Montreal (40) and D.C. (34) have played eight games, while New York (36) has played seven games.

And the Revs are shooting with accuracy

The Revs have only taken 71 total shots this year – 53 shots behind league-leader Sporting KC – but when the team does take a shot, there’s a good chance that it’s on target … 33 of the team’s 71 total shots (46.5 percent) have been shots on goal, second in MLS in shots on goal percentage … Saturday’s opponent, New York, has shot 47.4 percent (36-of-76 total shots) on goal to lead MLS.

But the shots are just not going in

While the Revs have taken 33 shots on goal -- fifth in MLS behind leader Kansas City's 41 shots on goal -- they have not consistently converted their chances … the Revs’ scoring percentage of .070, ranks 16th in the league … leader New York has a .224 scoring percentage (17 goals on 76 shots).

Mellow Yellow

Less than one season removed from setting a club red-card record with 10, the Revs have been issued just five yellow cards through six games – tied with LA for a league-low – while leader Montreal has been cautioned 15 times in eight games … in 2011, the Revs averaged 1.59 yellow cards per match – finishing with 54 – but this year’s squad has averaged fewer than one (0.83) caution per game.



The Under-18s went 0-1-1 last weekend … the U18s and Players Development Academy played to a 2-2 draw in Fall River, Mass., on Saturday, April 21, before the 18s suffered a 2-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, April 22 … the U18s are now 6-5-1, and stand in third place in the Northeast Division of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s East Conference.


The Under-16s suffered a pair of losses last weekend: 3-0 to Players Development Academy in Fall River, Mass., on Saturday and 5-2 to the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium on Sunday … the U16s are now 7-5-0 and in second place in the Northeast Division of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s East Conference.