FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution picked up their first point of the 2015 season, playing to a 0-0 draw with the Montreal Impact on Saturday afternoon in their home opener at Gillette Stadium. The Revs played up a man for the final 29 minutes after Montreal defender was sent off after receiving his second yellow card. However, the Revs were unable to break the deadlock and were forced to settle for the draw.
Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo were each dangerous in the opening 45 minutes for the Revs while, at the other end of the field, Dominic Oduro had the best chance for the Impact, firing a shot just wide of the far post from inside the box late in the half.
The Impact were reduced to 10 men in the 61st minute when Hassoun Camara was shown his second yellow card of the game and was sent off. Shortly after going up a man, Lee Nguyen had a pair of chances, driving a long-range shot on target, only for Evan Bush to make the save and then heading over the bar from the center of the area off a cross from Chris Tierney.
Andrew Farrell had the last chance to break the deadlock in the 90th minute, but his left-footed attempt was blocked and then cleared away by the Montreal defense, assuring each side of a point.
Revolution Santander Man of the Match
JUAN AGUDELO – Dangerous throughout the afternoon, Agudelo created a number of chances for the Revs and drew a pair of yellow cards in the game, including the second yellow card on Hassoun Camara, leading to his sending off
The Revolution will be back in action at home next weekend when they host the San Jose Earthquakes at Gillette Stadium. That game, which is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m. ET, will be shown locally on Comcast SportsNet and simulcast on 98.5 The Sports Hub with Brad Feldman, Paul Mariner and Jessie Coffield. WMVX 1570 AM Nossa Radio USA will carry the game locally on the radio in Portuguese.
New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact
March 21, 2015 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
New England Revolution 0, Montreal Impact 0
MTL – Victor Cabrera (Yellow Card) 8’
MTL – Hassoun Camara (Yellow Card) 29’
MTL – Calum Mallace (Yellow Card) 39’
MTL – Hassoun Camara (Second Yellow Card/Red Card) 61’
NE – Jeremy Hall (Yellow Card) 91+
MTL – Jack McInerney (Yellow Card) 93+
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; Jeremy Hall, Andrew Farrell, Darrius Barnes, Chris Tierney ©; Scott Caldwell, Daigo Kobayashi; Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe (Charlie Davies 62’); Juan Agudelo (Steve Neumann 84’).
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, London Woodberry, Tyler Rudy, Andy Dorman, Sean Okoli.
STATS: Shots 9, Shots on target 4, Saves 2, Corner kicks 4, Offsides 0, Fouls 16, Possession 53.2%, Passes 425 (79.1%)
Montreal Impact: Evan Bush; Hassoun Camara (Sent Off 61’), Victor Cabrera, Laurent Ciman, Donny Toia, Nigel Reo-Coker ©, Calum Mallace; Dominic Oduro (Andres Romero 56’), Eric Alexander (Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare 84’), Maxim Tissot; Cameron Porter (Jack McInerney 20’).
Substitutes Not Used: Eric Kronberg, Wandrille Lefevre, Patrice Bernier, Romario Williams.
STATS: Shots 7, Shots on target 2, Saves 4, Corner kicks 5, Offsides 1, Fouls 15, Possession 46.8%, Passes 373 (75.3%)
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Assistant Referees: Brian Dunn and Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho
Fourth Official: Alex Chilowicz
Weather: Cloudy and 40 degrees
New England Revolution: 0-2-1, 1 pt.
Montreal Impact: 0-1-1, 0 pt.
Additional Game Notes
- With the draw, the Revolution are now 0-2-1 for one point. They are tied with Montreal for eighth place in the eastern Conference.
This was the Revs’ home opener for the 2015 MLS season. They are now 12-5-3 all-time in home openers and 8-3-3 in home openers at Gillette Stadium.
New England is undefeated in its last nine home openers, going 6-0-3 in that time, dating back to 2006.
- This is the second consecutive season in which the Revs have opened the season with an 0-2-1 record having lost their first two games and drawn their third.
- This is also the second consecutive season in which the Revs have failed to score in any of their first three games.
- Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made two changes to the squad that lost 2-0 to New York City FC last weekend with Scott Caldwell returning to the starting lineup while Darrius Barnes and Jeremy Hall each made their first start of the season. They replaced the injured Kevin Alston, the suspended Jose Goncalves and Andy Dorman, who began the game on the bench.
- With Goncalves suspended, Chris Tierney wore the captain’s armband. Tierney last served as the Revs’ captain on July 19, 2014 in a 2-0 road loss to FC Dallas.
- In addition to Alston, the Revs were also without Teal Bunbury (Right Shoulder Sprain), Jermaine Jones (Left Sports Hernia Surgery) and Donnie Smith (Left Groin Surgery) because of injury.
- Jeremy Hall was making his Revolution debut after being acquired by the club in a trade with Toronto FC in December 2014. He started and played the full 90 minutes at right back.
- Montreal was reduced to 10 men in the 61st minute when Hassoun Camara was shown his second yellow card and sent off. This was the third straight meeting between the Revolution and Impact at Gillette Stadium to see a team have a man sent off.
- Charlie Davies came on in the 62nd minute to make the 50th appearance of his MLS career. He has appeared in 24 regular season games with the Revs since joining the club on loan in 2013.
- Bobby Shuttleworth made two saves to keep his first clean sheet of the season and the 22nd of his MLS career.
- That was the 135th all-time shutout in Revolution history.
- This was the third straight game this season that the Revs have been shutout and the third consecutive season in which they have been shutout in their home opener.
- New England has now gone 325 minutes without scoring a goal in the regular season, dating back to the 2014 regular-season finale against Toronto FC. This is the fifth longest scoreless streak in club history and the second longest to open a season.
- The attendance for tonight’s game was 14,189. This was 1,086 fans larger than the home opener attendance in 2014 and the biggest for the club since 2007.