Pitted against a potent Portland attack, the Revs couldn’t keep pace as they fell 3-0 to the Timbers at JELD-Wen Field on Friday night.
With the win, the Timbers (10-12-6, 36 pts.) leapfrog New York and D.C. and launch themselves into the 10th and final playoff spot. The Revs (5-12-12, 27 pts.), who suffered their first loss since Aug. 13, snapped their four-game (1-0-3) unbeaten streak and failed to climb out of last place in the Eastern Conference.
No changes from last week: Hoping to channel the same attacking energy they found last week against FC Dallas, the Revs went with an identical starting lineup against the Timbers.
Revs fail to find first goal: Diego Chara’s 9th-minute goal marked the first time the Revs conceded the first goal of the game since Aug. 6, when Alejandro Moreno scored a 31st-minute goal in their 3-2 loss to Chivas USA. It also marked the first time since their 3-1 loss to Columbus that the Revs had to play with a deficit.
Game over at the half: With a 2-0 lead at the half, Portland remained unbeaten (8-0-2) when holding the lead at halftime. Conversely, the Revs remained winless (0-6-1) when faced with a deficit at the interval.
Friday night lights unkind: For the second time this season, the Revs fell flat on a Friday night. In their previous Friday night affair, the Revs fell to the Red Bulls, 2-1, back on June 10 at Red Bull Arena.
Road struggles continue: The Revs’ road record falls to 1-8-6, and the team remains winless on the West Coast since 2009.
Fallen Revs: As if the result wasn’t disappointing, the Revs also lost a pair of starters to injuries. Forward Rajko Lekic and center back A.J. Soares were both banged up during Friday night’s game. Lekic came off in the 43rd minute with an apparent foot injury, while Soares exited in the 59th minute due to an apparent leg injury.
Schilawski appears: With Lekic’s injury before the half, Nicol inserted striker Zack Schilawski, who made his first appearance on the pitch since Aug. 17 against Houston.
Trio of 3-0 losses: Friday night’s 3-0 loss marked the third time this season that the Revs fell by the final score of 3-0. Their previous two 3-0 losses came at the hands of Chivas USA (April 30) and Philadelphia (July 16).
A silver lining? Although they may have been beaten on the scoreboard, the Revs found some surprising success on the possession scale, posting a 49.8 percent possession rate.
Next up: The Revs travel to Chicago to face the Fire on Sept. 25 for the second and final time this season. On June 18, the Revs and Fire settled for a 1-1 draw at Gillette Stadium.