FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution (2-3-2; 8 pts.) played the San Jose Earthquakes (2-2-3; 9 pts.), to a scoreless draw at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday evening. Goalkeeper Cody Cropper and the Revolution defense submitted their second clean sheet of the season as the club extended its home unbeaten streak to seven games.
Despite generating a flurry of scoring chances in the first half, the Revolution couldn't slot one past Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham, who recorded five saves on the evening. New England's defense shut down San Jose on the other end, as Cropper equaled his season high with three saves, including an incredible kick save in the 66th minute to keep the match level. The Revs have now yielded only two goals through three matches at Gillette Stadium this season.
New England returns to action next Saturday, April 22, when the club hosts D.C. United. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast locally on CSN New England, where Brad Feldman, Paul Mariner, and Naoko Funayama will be on the call. Fans can also listen on the radio in English on 98.5 The Sports Hub and in Portuguese on 1570 WMVX Nossa Radio.
New England Revolution 0, San Jose Earthquakes 0
April 19, 2017 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Revolution Play San Jose Earthquakes to a Scoreless Draw
·The Revolution and the San Jose Earthquakes played to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday night, bringing New England's record to 2-3-2 (8 pts.) through seven matches and 2-0-1 at home in 2017.
·New England's all-time record against San Jose moves to 14-20-7, while its all-time home record in the series moves to 8-10-3.
Revs Extend Home Unbeaten Streak to Seven Matches
·Though tonight's draw ended New England's six-game winning streak at home, the Revolution remain unbeaten in the club's last seven home games. The Revs are 6-0-1 at Gillette Stadium since the undefeated run began on Sept. 3, 2016.
·The six-game home winning streak tied for the second longest in club history, falling just one win short of the club-record seven-game streak from Sept. 18, 2004 through May 14, 2005.
·New England's last six-game home winning streak came just before the club's run to the 2014 MLS Cup, beginning on Aug. 23, 2014 and extending through the regular season finale on Oct. 25, 2014.
Cropper Comes Up Big in Second Shutout of 2017
·Goalkeeper Cody Cropper made three saves en route to the Revolution's second shutout of the 2017 MLS regular season.
·The clean sheet marks Cropper's third career MLS shutout, all of which have come at Gillette Stadium.
Agudelo's Home Scoring Streak Snapped
·Forward Juan Agudelo played a major role in the Revs' home winning streak, as he scored a goal in all six of the team's home wins during the stretch before being held off the scoresheet in tonight's draw.
·During the six-game span from Sept. 3, 2016 to April 8, 2017, Agudelo notched seven goals and one assist.
·Agudelo is only the second Revolution player to score a goal in six consecutive home matches. Joe-Max Moore totaled eight goals over six straight home games, which were also the first six home appearances of his career, from July 31 - Sept. 12, 1996.
Kobayashi Earns First Start of 2017 Season
·Midfielder Daigo Kobayashi made his first start of 2017 at right midfield in tonight’s contest. Prior to today, Kobayashi made two appearances off the bench, recording 53 minutes on the pitch.
·Kobayashi's last start with the Revolution came on Aug. 6, 2016. The midfielder started and played 90 minutes at central midfield.
Revolution Make Four Changes to Starting XI
·Revolution Head Coach Jay Heaps made four changes to the club’s starting lineup from its most recent match on April 15 vs. the Chicago Fire. Defenders Chris Tierneyand Benjamin Angoua and midfielders Diego Fagundez and Daigo Kobayashi moved to the Starting XI, while defender Josh Smith, midfielder Xavier Kouassi, and forward Kei Kamara shifted to the bench. Defender Je-Vaughn Watson missed the contest serving a one-match suspension following his red card on Saturday against Chicago.
·Midfielder Zachary Herivaux was not available for selection in the match, as he is currently on loan to USL club San Antonio FC.
- 17th minute (SHOT) – Kelyn Rowe leads Lee Nguyen into a scoring chance after some buildup play with Juan Agudelo, but Nguyen doesn't get his shot on frame from a sharp angle (WATCH).
- 22nd minute (SHOT) –Rowe leads another teammate into a scoring opportunity, this time serving up Agudelo, whose shot also sails just wide of the net (WATCH).
- 24th minute (SHOT) – Diego Fagundez splits the Earthquakes defense with a through-ball to Nguyen, but the captain's try with the outside of his right foot trickles across the goal mouth and wide (WATCH).
- 26th minute (CHANCE) – Nguyen delivers an impeccably paced chipped pass to Diego Fagundez, who has his shot denied by San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham(WATCH).
- 28th minute (CHANCE) – Chris Tierney connects with Antonio Delamea on a free kick, but Delamea's bid for his first MLS goal is cleared away by San Jose midfielder Anibal Godoy at the goal line (WATCH).
- 66th minute (SAVE) – Goalkeeper Cody Cropper enters a submission for MLS Save of the Week, deflecting a point-blank chance by Earthquakes midfielder Fatai Alashe with an incredible kick save (WATCH).
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson (AR1), Claudiu Badea (AR2)
Fourth Official: Daniel Radford
Weather: 44 Degrees and Rain
SJ – Anibal Godoy (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 27'
SJ – David Bingham (Yellow Card – Time Wasting) 85'
New England Revolution: Cody Cropper; Chris Tierney, Antonio Delamea, Benjamin Angoua, Andrew Farrell; Scott Caldwell; Diego Fagundez, Daigo Kobayashi (Kei Kamara 52'); Kelyn Rowe; Lee Nguyen ©, Juan Agudelo (Xavier Kouassi 78')
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Josh Smith, London Woodberry, Teal Bunbury, Femi Hollinger-Janzen
San Jose Earthquakes: David Bingham; Shaun Francis, Florian Jungwirth, Victor Bernardez, Nick Lima; Jahmir Hyka, Anibal Godoy, Fatai Alashe, Cordell Cato (Tommy Thompson 69'); Danny Hoesen (Marco Ureña 69'), Chris Wondolowski © (Darwin Cerén 83')
Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Tarbell, Andres Imperiale, Kofi Sarkodie, Shea Salinas