Revs' missed chances a tired tale
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Missed opportunities: It’s become the storyline of the Revolution’s six-game winless streak.
On Sunday, the Revolution were afforded plenty of prospects to capitalize on against the Impact, but could only watch them evaporate time after time in their 1-0 loss.
“We had our chances,” Revolution coach Jay Heaps said. “(We) hit the crossbar, hit the post, no penalty call on the handball which was clear as day. Unfortunately, we’re talking about a disappointing loss.”
While the Revolution were victimized by yet another crucial error -- see Sanna Nyassi’s 61st-minute goal -- the fact is they couldn’t climb out of the deficit, or put Montreal into one, because of their inability to finish their chances. Again.
In the seventh minute, Benny Feilhaber fought through two strong challenges to feed the ball ahead to Saer Sene, who had a clear look at goal. But the striker’s shot sailed wide of the far post.
Then, in the 36th minute, it looked like the Revolution would finally get on the board for the first time since the 12th minute of their July 29 loss to the Union. Chris Tierney took the ball toward the area and pushed a pass that missed a teammate, but looked like it might sneak through before it banked off the far post.
“I thought we started the game pretty well and created enough chances to score a goal,” Tierney said. “(But) we couldn’t get that bounce in the moment.”
Indeed, the ball certainly wasn’t cooperating for Tierney and his teammates. And Sene would prove that only five minutes later.
With Nguyen pressing ahead, Sene made a run toward the far post, where he picked up the pass from the shifty midfielder. But, once again, the ball was denied by the woodwork, as another opportunity faded into the night.
“I think we’re getting into decent spots,” Tierney said. “We have good spells of possession, but when we get into that advanced third of the field it’s just about putting the ball on the money.”
Montreal, for its part, had no problem putting the ball on the money when it mattered the most.
Off a Revolution turnover, Nyassi raced 60 yards unobstructed into the attacking third, beat A.J. Soares and blasted a shot that bulged the back of the net just after the hour mark.
“It was incredible,” Impact defender Hassoun Camara said. “It was one of the best goals of the year, and I hope he has goal of the week because he deserves it.”
Even after Nyassi’s goal, the Revolution continued to find opportunities after falling into a deficit. On a corner from Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe did well to redirect it on frame, but Troy Perkins easily corralled it.
“Give (Perkins) some credit,” Revolution midfielder Clyde Simms said. “He made some big saves tonight. He had a very good game tonight for them.”
While Perkins was doing all the right things, it also took a bit of bad luck to keep the Revolution from finding the equalizer.
In the 74th minute, Ryan Guy advanced and hit a shot that caught the arm of Jeb Brovsky inside the area. But despite the pleas for a handball, which would have given the Revolution a golden opportunity to equalize from the spot, referee Allen Chapman didn’t see it that way.
“I hate to lay it on calls,” Guy said. “But things that really changed the game affect us as players. You start to think the world’s against you, even though you know it’s not true.”
When all was said and done, the Revolution were doomed to rue their squandered chances. And even though there were more opportunities to be had this week, Simms admits that he doesn’t know what it’s going to take to break through.
“I wish I could tell you the answer to that,” Simms said. “If we did have the answer, it wouldn’t be a problem for us. We have to do better though. I think we did do a better job at creating chances tonight, which we struggled with last game or two. The difference is just putting those away.”