Revs try to avoid record book


The Revolution (5-14-12, 27 pts.) will attempt to end their three-game skid on Saturday night when the San Jose Earthquakes (6-11-14, 32 pts.) come to Gillette Stadium for an inter-conference clash.

The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on Comcast SportsNet New England. A radio broadcast will be available on The Sports Hub 98.5.

Saturday’s contest concludes the season series between the MLS originals. On May 21, the Earthquakes shook the Revolution for a pair of second half goals en route to a 2-1 San Jose win at Buck Shaw Stadium.


-- Last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Seattle not only marked the Revolution’s elimination from postseason contention, but also pitted them in a precarious situation with respect to the team’s record book. With only three games remaining in the regular season, the five-win Revs have to win out to avoid setting or tying the record for fewest wins in a season (seven in 2001). In addition to the fewest wins, this year’s squad -- which has fired a meager 123 shots on goal through 31 games -- is also in danger of setting the club record for fewest shots on frame (133).

-- Getting maximum points to close out the season may prove to be especially difficult if keeper Matt Reis and center back A.J. Soares, both of whom are listed as “out” on the team’s Oct. 4 injury report, are forced to miss time during the team’s final three games. According to the report, Reis is nursing a hamstring strain while Soares is tending to an ankle impingement.

-- While the status of Reis and Soares will be updated on Friday, one player who’ll be ready for Saturday’s game is center back Franco Coria. The Argentine defender, who was suspended last weekend due to yellow card accumulation, may be slotted to fill on for Soares on Saturday.

-- Speaking of defense, injuries and inconsistency along the back line have certainly undone the Revolution D in recent weeks. Since their 1-1 draw vs. Houston on Aug. 17, the Revs have given up multiple goals in five of their last six games, and have only one shutout (2-0 vs. Dallas on Sept. 11) in their last 11 games.

-- Stat watch: Although the sample size is admittedly small, Homegrown Player Diego Fagundez is averaging 1.25 goals per 90 minutes this season. Additionally, the teenage sensation has converted on two of his three shots on goal this season. With injured striker Rajko Lekic likely out again this weekend, Fagundez will probably get another start at striker against San Jose.

-- Quote of the Week: “It was the best thing ever, starting. I was really excited. I was really not expecting it. But, I guess I was working hard in practice, so I deserved it, I guess. I did pretty good while I was playing.” -- Diego Fagundez, who scored 35 minutes into his first career MLS start.