Final: D.C. United 2, Revolution 0

WASHINGTON – The New England Revolution suffered a 2-0 loss to D.C. United on the road tonight at RFK Stadium. After heading into halftime down 1-0 courtesy of an own goal, United put a stamp on the win with a stoppage time strike to round out the scoring. New England (1-3-1, 4 pts.) controlled possession – 53% to 47% – and out-shot D.C. (1-2-1, 4 pts.), but was unable to score the equalizer before United secured the win late.

Late in the game, Revolution head coach Jay Heaps was ejected from the match, and he will be forced to miss the team’s next match – Saturday, April 12 vs. Houston at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.

Key Plays

  • 2’ – YELLOW CARD: DC’s Lewis Neal shown yellow card for hard, studs-up tackle on Andrew Farrell along the sideline at midfield | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 8’ – DC’s Davy Arnaud’s shot from the edge of the penalty box goes just high, past the out-reached hand of Bobby Shuttleworth
  • 22’ – NE’s Diego Fagundez works in from the right side of the box and puts a hard-angled shot on frame, but Andrew Dykstra bobbles the ball. It comes out to Saer Sene on the near post, but his re-direction hits the side netting from two yards away | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 33’ – NE’s Saer Sene picks up a through ball pass from Teal Bunbury at the top of the penalty area and gains a step on his defender, but his left-footed shot back across his body sails high of the goal | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 36’ – YELLOW CARD: NE’s Andy Dorman shown a yellow card
  • 43’ – DC GOAL: DC’s Cristian Fernandez plays a cross in from along the end line on the left wing and Revs defender Jose Goncalves misdirects his clearance attempt and scores an own goal for United | WATCH THE PLAY

HALFTIME SCORE: D.C. United 1, New England Revolution 0

  • 50’ – NE’s Teal Bunbury cut off a DC pass at the top of the area and blasted a curling left-footed shot toward goal, but it was narrowly high of target | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 56’ – NE’s Chris Tierney gets on the end of an Andy Dorman angled pass down to the corner and cuts back a pass to Teal Bunbury, but Bunbury’s first-time re-direction is wide left of goal | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 73’ – NE’s corner kick was recycled and Chris Tierney floated a cross into the center of the box where Diego Fagundez’s bicycle-kick attempt in traffic was narrowly wide of the far post | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 77’ – DC’s Eddie Johnson combines with Fabian Espindola, but Johnson’s shot back across the face of goal to the far post was wide
  • 80’ – NE’s Bobby Shuttleworth comes up big with a point-blank save on DC’s Eddie Johnson, who worked behind the Revs’ defense for the one-on-one opportunity against Shuttleworth
  • 88’ – YELLOW CARD: NE’s Charlie Davies shown a yellow card for simulation | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 89’ – EJECTION: NE’s head coach Jay Heaps ejected from the game
  • 90’ – DC’s Nick DeLeon’s free kick goes just wide right of the goal | WATCH THE PLAY
  • 93+’ – DC GOAL: Chris Rolfe gets on the end of a looping Fabian Espindola cross and first-times a right-footed volley past Bobby Shuttleworth on the far post | WATCH THE PLAY

FINAL SCORE: D.C. United 2, New England Revolution 0

Additional Game Notes

  • With tonight’s result, the Revs dropped to 25-29-9 all-time against D.C. United
  • The loss moved the Revolution’s road record against United to 9-19-4
  • The loss snapped the Revolution’s three-game undefeated streak against D.C. … in 2013, the Revolution went 2-0-1 against United
  • Tonight’s game marked the first time this season that the starting 11 and the bench – the entire game day 18 – remained unchanged from the previous match
  • Kelyn Rowe remained unavailable tonight with a left hamstring injury … Donnie Smith was also unavailable because of injury (left foot contusion)
  • Charlie Davies made his first appearance against his former MLS club – D.C. United … Davies played the 2011 season in D.C. before returning to Europe for the 2012 and early 2013 seasons
  • When Charlie Davies came on, he moved up top to play as the target forward and Teal Bunbury moved to the right wing
  • Steve Neumann made his MLS debut tonight … the Revs drafted Neumann with the fourth overall pick in this year’s SuperDraft out of Georgetown
  • Steve Neumann’s professional debut came in the same town in which he played his four years of college soccer
  • Tonight’s match marked the third-straight match in which the Revolution trailed D.C., 1-0, at halftime
  • This match was the second meeting in a row the Revolution allowed the game’s opening goal via an own goal … on Sept. 21, 2013, Scott Caldwell scored an own goal in the first half, but the Revs came back to take a 2-1 win
  • Tonight’s two-goal victory was by D.C. was the first win by more than one in the series by either team since New England earned a 2-0 win at RFK Stadium on April 3, 2010
  • The Revolution’s next match will be at Gillette Stadium – only its second home match of the year … the Revs have played four of their first five matches on the road to open the 2014 season

Santander Man of the Match

  • D Andrew Farrell – thwarted many D.C. attacks down the right side, was active defensively all evening and suffered three fouls

Next Match

The Revolution will next host the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, April 12, at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. ET.

  • TV: Comcast SportsNet
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  • Tickets: Start at $25 and are available through Ticketmaster outlets and the Revolution Box Office at (877) GET-REVS (438-7387).

New England Revolution at D.C. United
April 5, 2014 – RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)
D.C. United 2, New England Revolution 0
Scoring Summary:

DC – Own goal (Jose Goncalves) 43
DC – Chris Rolfe (Fabian Espindola) 93+

New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, Andy Dorman, Daigo Kobayashi (Steve Neumann 84), Saer Sene (Charlie Davies 60), Teal Bunbury

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Scott Caldwell, Stephen McCarthy, Darrius Barnes, Dimitry Imbongo

STATS: Shots 10, Shots on target 1, Saves 1, Corner kicks 2, Offsides 4, Fouls 13, Possession 53%, Passes 447 (74%)

D.C. United: Andrew Dykstra, Cristian Fernandez, Jeff Parke, Bobby Boswell, Sean Franklin, Lewis Neal (Chris Rolfe 63), Perry Kitchen, Davy Arnaud, Nick De Leon, Fabian Espindola, Eddie Johnson (Conor Doyle 87)

Substitutes Not Used: Joe Willis, Nana Attakora, Alex Caskey, Jared Jeffrey, Taylor Kemp

STATS: Shots 9, Shots on target 2, Saves 1, Corner kicks 2, Offsides 7, Fouls 15, Possession 47%, Passes 395 (71.9%)

Misconduct Summary:

DC – Lewis Neal (caution) 2
NE – Andy Dorman (caution) 26
NE – Charlie Davies (caution) 88
DC – Conor Doyle (caution) 92+

Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Assistant Referees: Greg Barkey, Richard Gamache
Fourth Official: Daniel Fitzgerald

Weather: Cloudy and 55 degrees
Attendance: 10,526

Team Records
New England Revolution: 1-3-1, 4 pts.
D.C. United: 1-2-1, 4 pts.