Weekly Update: AJ

Weekly Update: July 16

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (6-8-4, 22 pts.) will play a pair of Eastern Conference opponents on the road this week, beginning a three-game road swing to close out the month of July.

The Revs will make their inaugural visit to Saputo Stadium to face the Montreal Impact (6-12-3, 21 pts.), at 8 p.m., on Wednesday, July 18. Following the mid-week match, the Revs will travel to face Sporting Kansas City, at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, at Livestrong Sporting Park.

Comcast SportsNet will televise both games, while 98.5 The Sports Hub will carry both games on the radio.


Montreal Impact Facts And Figures

  • Montreal joined Major League Soccer in 2012 as an expansion team, bringing the number of teams in MLS to 19.
  • Montreal’s head coach is Jesse Marsch, who was previously an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team from 2010-2011 … Marsch began coaching following a 14-year playing career in MLS with D.C. United, Chicago and Chivas USA
  • The Impact began play in 1993, and played in various North American leagues until joining MLS this season … last year, the team played in the NASL
  • The team is run by an ownership group led by owner Joey Saputo.
  • Montreal played its first-ever MLS game on March 10, 2012, with the host Vancouver Whitecaps taking the victory, 2-0

New England vs. Montreal Series Information

  • Wednesday night’s match will be the first-ever meeting between the New England Revolution and Montreal Impact
  • This will be the first of three regular-season meetings between New England and Montreal this season ... the Revolution will host the Impact for the first time on Sunday August 12, and will return to Montreal on October 27 to close out the regular-season series
  • The Revs are 10-9-6 all-time against expansion teams in their inaugural seasons ... that record includes two draws with the Houston Dynamo in 2006, which was considered an expansion team after relocating from San Jose.
  • Since 2005, New England is 9-4-6 against expansion teams in their inaugural seasons ... the Revs went 1-5-0 against the Chicago Fire and Miami Fusion in 1998, just two years after MLS’ inaugural season.
  • Since 2005, the Revs are undefeated – 5-0-4 – in their first meeting against expansion or relocated teams

Player Notes vs. Expansion Teams

  • Matt Reis is 9-3-6 in his Revolution career against expansion teams and has posted six shutouts
  • Stephen McCarthy scored his first-career goal in the Revs’ first meeting against Portland, an expansion team in 2011, on April 2, 2011
  • Shalrie Joseph scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the second-ever meeting against Vancouver on May 14, 2011 in its inaugural season
  • Blake Brettschneider recorded his first two career assists in his first meeting against Portland on May 29, 2011, while a member of D.C. United
  • Matt Reis is 3-1-4 with 1.13 goals against average and three shutouts in eight career appearances against Toronto FC
  • Bobby Shuttleworth made the start in last year’s season-finale on Oct. 22, making three saves in the 2-2 draw


Team Notes vs. Kansas City

  • Kansas City leads the all-time, regular-season series between the two teams, 21-13-9
  • Saturday night’s match will be the 44th regular-season meeting between the two teams, and the fourth since Kansas City was re-branded Sporting Kansas City ahead of the 2011 season
  • The Revs are 6-11-4 all-time on the road at Kansas City and are 0-1-1 at Livestrong Sporting Park, which opened in June 2011 … previously, the Revs posted marks of 5-7-2 at Arrowhead Stadium (1996-2007) and 1-3-0 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark (2008-2010)
  • Saturday will be the second of three meetings between the teams this season, with a final match scheduled for Aug. 4, at Gillette Stadium … Sporting KC shut out the Revs, 3-0, in the first meeting of the season on March 17, at Livestrong Park
  • The Revs are 2-6-2 in their last 10 regular-season meetings against Kansas City … prior to that stretch, New England had won three straight games against Kansas City from Aug. 2, 2007 to April 9, 2008
  • New England won the 2011 regular-season series with a 3-2 Revs win at home on April 23 and a 1-1 draw on July 30, New England’s first trip to Livestrong Sporting Park … KC shut out the Revs, 5-0, in outside competition last season - a U.S. Open Cup Play-in match on May 25, 2011 in Kansas City
  • 29 matches between the clubs have been determined by one goal or fewer … 12 games have been decided by a two-goal spread, while two matches – including the 3-0 KC victory in the last meeting on March 17– has been decided by three or more goals
  • New England’s loss on March 17 snapped a stretch of three games in which the Revs had earned at least a point against Sporting … prior to the Revs’ 1-0 win on Oct. 16, 2010, New England went winless (0-5-1) in six matches dating back to Oct. 11, 2008
  • The teams also met twice outside MLS regular-season competition: once in SuperLiga (a 1-1 draw in 2009), and once in the U.S. Open Cup (a 5-0 KC win on May 25, 2011)

Player Notes vs. Kansas City

  • Shalrie Joseph leads all current Revs players with five goals and three assists in 23 appearances against KC … his last goal came in the Revs’ 3-2 victory on April 23, 2011 at Gillette Stadium
  • Sainey Nyassi has also scored a goal against KC … Nyassi’s game-winning goal came on April 9, 2008 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark
  • Chris Tierney has one assist against Kansas City, helping set up Shalrie Joseph’s game-winning strike on Oct. 16, 2010
  • Benny Feilhaber has one career assist against Kansas City, which came in his MLS debut on April 23, 2011 at Gillette Stadium
  • Clyde Simms has recorded two career assists in 19 career appearances … Simms recorded single assists in 2006 and 2007 while a member of D.C. United
  • In 30 appearances (29 starts) against KC, Matt Reis is 11-10-8 with a 1.40 goals against average … as a member of the Revs, he is 6-9-7 with a 1.55 GAA and six shutouts.
  • Reis set his single-game high of 11 saves against KC in a 0-0 draw on July 11, 2009 at Gillette Stadium
  • Reis also recorded an assist – his first since 2007 – on the Revs’ only goal in a 1-1 draw on July 30, 2011, at Livestrong Sporting Park
  • On Oct. 16, 2010 against KC, Bobby Shuttleworth posted his first-career shutout, a four-save effort at Gillette Stadium


Away Game Watch Party Wednesday

The Revs may be in Montreal on Wednesday, but fans do not need a passport to attend the away-game viewing festivities taking place in Foxborough … beginning at 7:30 p.m. at CBS Scene in Patriot Place, fans can join non-traveling Revolution players for food and fun as the broadcast on Comcast SportsNet will be shown on the big screens at 8 p.m. ET … the market-leading “D.A. Show” on 98.5 The Sports Hub will be broadcasting live from the event and will provide pre- and post-game coverage.

Busy Stretch Continues

Beginning last Saturday against Toronto, the Revolution is in the midst of its second three-games-in-eight-days stretches this season with upcoming games on Wednesday at Montreal and at Sporting KC on Saturday … the Revs will have one more three-in-eight stretch this season: August 29 vs. Chivas USA, Sept. 1 vs. Philadelphia and Wednesday, Sept. 5 vs. Columbus.

Bonjour, Montreal

The Revolution will make its first trip to Saputo Stadium on Wednesday to face the expansion Montreal Impact, Major League Soccer’s 19th team … Wednesday’s contest will be the first of three regular-season meetings between New England and Montreal this season ... the Revolution will host the Impact for the first time on Sunday August 12, and will return to Montreal on October 27 to close out the regular-season series.

Lasting First Impressions Against Expansion Teams

Beyond exchanging pleasantries and well-wishing for success in the league, the Revs have not been too welcoming to expansion sides in their first meetings … since 2005, the Revs are undefeated – 5-0-4 – in their first meeting against expansion or relocated teams … most recently, the Revs played to a pair of 1-1 draws against expansion Portland (April 2) and Vancouver (April 6) in a one-week stretch in 2011.

Battle of First Year Coaches: Heaps versus Marsch

Wednesday’s match will feature a pair of first year coaches on the sidelines as Jay Heaps’ Revs takes on Jesse Marsch’s Montreal side … Heaps, 35, and Marsch, 38, both have six wins in their first season as head coaches following long and distinguished playing careers in MLS … it may be their first meeting as coaches, but Heaps and Marsch are well aware of each other as the two players met 23 times on the field as players … as a member of the Revolution, Heaps held the upper hand, going 8-6-4 against Marsch’s Chicago Fire (2001-05) and Chivas USA (2006-09) teams.

Tough to Win North of the Border

The midweek trip to Montreal also presents the Revs a chance to do something the club has never done before: win on Canadian soil … since 2007, the Revs are winless (0-2-5) in Canada … the Revs are 0-2-4 in Toronto, and 0-0-1 in Vancouver after a 1-1 draw in the team’s only visit on April 6, 2011 … prior to Saturday’s home loss against Toronto, the Revs were undefeated (5-0-2) against Canadian teams at Gillette Stadium.

Time to Start New Streaks

With a pair of matches this week, the Revs have a chance to hit the refresh button on multiple streaks that ended with Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Toronto … the loss snapped the Revs’ five-game unbeaten streak (2-0-3), dating back to June 2 against Chicago … the defeat also ended the Revs’ seven-game home unbeaten streak (4-0-3) which dated back to May 2 against Colorado … finally, with Saturday’s loss, the Revs’ four-game unbeaten streak (2-0-2) against the Eastern Conference dating back to June 2 came to an end.

Road Tests to Round Out July

After playing seven of their last nine games at home dating back to May 12, the Revs hit the road this week for three consecutive road matches ... the team closes out July with a trio of road games – including Wednesday at Montreal and Saturday at Kansas City – before a Sunday night match at Philadelphia on July 29 ... the team opened the season playing six of its first nine matches on the road and will now play five of its next seven matches away from Foxborough.

Return of the One-Goal Game

Saturday’s 1-0 final marked the Revs ninth one-goal game of the season … the loss pushed the team’s record to 2-7-0 in those contests … after playing eight one-goal games in the first 12 matches this season, the Revs went five games – from June 2 to July 8 – without a one-goal contest … the team’s most recent victory in a one-goal contest was a 2-1 win over Colorado on May 2, but the team has dropped its last three one-goal contests.

Striking Back After Attacking Shutout

The Revs suffered their sixth attacking shutout of the season on Saturday against Toronto, but Saturday’s match was only the third time in the’ last 13 matches that they were shut out … following the team’s last two shutouts – at New York (April 28) and Columbus (June 16) – the Revs rebounded in the following game with a multiple-goal effort … the Revs have been shut-out in consecutive games just twice this season: at San Jose (0-1, March 10) and at Kansas City (0-3, March 17).

Shuttleworth Strong in Second Start

Bobby Shuttleworth made his second consecutive start on Saturday, recording three saves in the loss … his two starts, Shuttleworth conceded just one goal in 180 minutes of play …his 0.50 goals against average in two starts matches his best previous two-game span … in 2010, Shuttleworth earned consecutive victories on Oct. 10 (2-1, at Houston) and Oct. 16 (1-0, vs. Kansas City).

Brettschneider Riding 10-Game Appearance Streak

With a start on Saturday against Toronto, Blake Brettschneider made his third consecutive start and 10th consecutive appearance dating back to May 5 at Real Salt Lake … in this span, Brettschneider has scored two goals and recorded one assist.

Jerry’s London Calling

After signing with the Revs on July 5, Jerry Bengtson will depart to join the Honduras Olympic Team on Monday, July 16 … said Heaps postgame on Saturday, “Fortunately for him, he’s leaving to go the Olympics; Unfortunately for us, we lose him for a couple of weeks” … Bengtson made two substitute appearances – scoring a goal in his first-ever MLS game on July 8 – after arriving in Foxborough … Honduras as a friendly against Egypt in Amiens, France, on Wednesday, July 18, before opening Olympic play … Honduras is in a group with Morocco (July 26), Spain (July 29) and Japan (Aug. 1).

No All-Star Representation

For the first time in club history, the Revolution will not be represented at the MLS All-Star Game … following the announcement of the game day 18 on Sunday, no Revs players will be present in Philadelphia next week for the AT&T All-Star Game against Champions League victor, Chelsea FC … also of note, Shalrie Joseph saw his eight-year run as an MLS All-Star come to an end … he had earned that recognition every year since 2004.

A Peak Ahead to Saturday

After Wednesday’s game at Montreal, the Revs will travel to Kansas City on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s tilt against Sporting KC … the Revs have yet to win at Livestrong Sporting Park as the Revs have gone 0-1-1 in the previous two meetings since the stadium’s opening in 2011 … the Revs suffered their worst loss of the season – a 3-0 Kansas City win – when the teams last met on March 17, after Stephen McCarthy was red-carded in the 14th minute … in the two previous matches at Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City has outscored the Revs, 4-1.

A Rough Patch Against KC

Sporting KC rebranded ahead of the 2011 season, but even with the name change, the Revs have struggled against KC in recent history … New England is 2-6-2 in their last 10 regular-season meetings against Kansas City, despite a 1-1-1 record since the beginning of last season … prior to that stretch of 10 games, New England had won three straight games against Kansas City from Aug. 2, 2007 to April 9, 2008.