FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (5-5-5, 20 pts.) enters its final bye week of the season after a tough 4-3 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place on Saturday. The Revs are currently tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference.
This week, the team will participate in a special fundraiser, Soccer Revolution, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in New Britain, Conn. on Tuesday, June 18. All proceeds from the event, which also includes Real Boston Rams, New York Cosmos and Newtown Pride, will benefit the Newtown Parent Connection, Inc., a non-profit organization in Newtown, Conn., that educates and empowers the community in the prevention of substance abuse and embraces families in crisis.
On Thursday, June 20, the team will host its annual Meet the Revs event, an exclusive activity for season ticket holders.
The Revs return to action next week with a pair of matches, both on the road. The Revs travel to the Mid-Atlantic for its U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match against D.C. United on Wednesday, June 26 against D.C. United at Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. The Revs will then travel directly to the Los Angeles area for the team’s only meeting with Chivas USA on Saturday, June 29. Kickoff is set for 10:30 p.m. ET at StubHub Center. Comcast SportsNet will televise the game while 98.5 The Sports Hub will have the game on the radio.
THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES
Bye week’s busy
The Revs benefit from their third and final bye weekend of the season this weekend … the Revs already had byes in Week 1 and Week 6 … while the team is quiet on the MLS front this week, the team is busy off the field … on Tuesday, June 18, the team will play in Soccer Revolution in New Britain, Conn., a benefit event for the Newtown Parent Connection in Newton, Conn. ... the Revs will face PDL affiliate Real Boston Rams in a 60-minute match at 6 p.m., followed by a full 90-minute match between the New York Cosmos and the Newtown Pride adult team … on Thursday, June 20, the Revs will host its annual Season Ticket Holder exclusive event, Meet the Revs, at Gillette Stadium.
Revs drop a wild one out west
Despite early goals from Juan Agudelo and Kelyn Rowe against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, the Revs fell 4-3 at BC Place and saw its five-game unbeaten streak in league play come to an end … Andrew Farrell was sent off in the 23rd minute for a controversial foul on Kenny Miller after the Revs built the 2-0 lead … the Whitecaps scored four unanswered goals after Farrell was sent off, starting with a Camilo Sanvezzo penalty kick … Dimitry Imbongo drew one back for the Revs in the 84th minute but his team could not come up with the equalizer despite late chances from Lee Nguyen (free kick saved off the cross by in the 90th minute) and Kelyn Rowe (chance that went high of an open goal in the final minute of stoppage time).
Shutout streak finally snapped
Despite the fact that Bobby Shuttleworth guessed correctly on Camilo Sanvezzo’s penalty kick on Saturday against Vancouver, the shot was just inches past his reach and he could not keep his club-record 420-minute shutout streak alive … the Revs’ 420-minute shutout streak was the second-longest such streak in MLS this season behind Sporting KC’s Jimmy Nielsen (546) … Shuttleworth had last conceded a goal on May 11 against the New York Red Bulls.
Defense STILL league’s best
Although the Revs conceded four goals in a match on Saturday in Vancouver, the Revs’ defense is still the league’s best … the Revs are tied for first (with Sporting KC) with an 0.87 GAA, first in shutouts (nine), first in save percentage (77.3) and tied for first (with Sporting KC) in goals allowed (13) … while this is the second time this season the Revs allowed four goals in a game, the last time the Revs conceded four goals in a match (April 20, a 4-1 loss at New York), Bobby Shuttleworth and the defense pitched back-to-back shutouts (April 27 vs. Philadelphia, May 2 at Portland) in their next to matches.
Rowe back in the starting mix
Kelyn Rowe has been the team’s hottest player in the last month, a fact which helped him return to the starting lineup on Saturday for the first time since May 11 … in the team’s last five matches overall (three MLS matches, two U.S. Open Cup games), Rowe has scored six goals and added three assists … he has two multiple-goal games (May 28 at Rochester Rhinos and June 12 vs. New York Red Bulls, both in USOC action), and one multiple-assist match (June 2 vs. LA Galaxy).
Agudelo finding his form
Juan Agudelo has made five appearances – including four starts – for the Revs since being acquired from Chivas USA on May 7, and he has made an impact on the Revs in just a short time … the forward scored his third goal as a member of the Revs against Vancouver on Saturday in the team’s 4-3 loss … Agudelo now has five goals and one assist on the season (two goals, one assist with Chivas USA) … the addition of Agudelo – and a tactical attacking adjustment – has paid dividends for the Revs as the team has scored 12 goals in Agudelo’s first five games.
THIS WEEK IN ROCHESTER
- The Rhinos went 1-0-1 in two games last weekend, defeating VSI Tampa Bay, 3-0, on Friday, June 14, before drawing with the Charleston Battery, 1-1, on Sunday, June 16
- The Revs currently have four players on loan to the Rochester Rhinos as part of the teams’ affiliation agreement: defender Bilal Duckett, midfielder Gabe Latigue, forward Matt Horth and defender Tyler Polak.
Duckett leads the Revolution players with 745 minutes played in 10 games, while scoring one goal … Latigue has played 701 minutes in 11 games … Polak has made 13 appearances and has played 624 minutes … Horth has played 412 minutes in eight games, scoring one goal.
REVOLUTION ACADEMY UPDATE
Next stop: Dallas
Having closed out the 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy regular season, the Under-18s and Under-16s next head to Dallas, June 23-28 … the U18s have officially qualified for their third Development Academy playoffs in four seasons (2010, 2012, 2013) and will face a minimum of three teams in group play in Dallas … a Revolution Empire victory knocked the Revs’ U16s out of the finale playoff wild card spot, sending them to the College Showcase in Dallas instead.
Playoff Opponents Announced
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy has announced playoff groups following a draw, held on Monday, June 17 … the Under-18s will play group games against Shattuck-Saint Mary’s (Minn.), PA Classics (Penn.) and Strikers FC (Fla.) … the winners of each of the eight groups will advance to Finals Week, July 14-20, in Houston.
2012-13 season records
The Under-18s finished the season with a 15-5-5 (50 pts.) record and are ranked third in the Northeast Division of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s East Conference with 2.00 points per game … the Under-16s closed out the season with a 11-7-7 record (40 pts.) and are currently in sixth place in the division … the Under-14s closed their season with a record of 13-3-2 (40 pts.) and ranked third in U.S. Club Soccer’s Northeast Pre-Academy League with 1.60 points per game.
2013-14 Tryouts Continue
The New England Revolution will continue to hold try-outs for its three Revolution Academy youth teams that compete in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in the coming weeks … players born in the following years are eligible to try out: 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 … Prospective Under-14 players much register by Tuesday, June 4 … players who have not already registered will not be allowed to try out on June 6 … registration forms and information, as well as the July 2 tryout schedule, can be found online HERE.
Summer Player Development Programs enrolling
The Revolution Academy’s Player Development Programs are now enrolling for summer sessions, with locations all over New England … the Revolution Academy trains players of all abilities in all aspect of the game, including ball mastery, speed of play, coordination and balance and movement with and without the ball … the objective of all the training programs is to replicate the speed, tempo and environment of the Revolution Youth Teams’ training sessions … through the age-appropriate player development sessions, the Revolution Academy fosters an atmosphere that is competitive, challenging, demanding and fun … encouragement and support from the professional coaching staff allows every player to gain a better understanding of – and continued passion for – the game.