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Revs draw Whitecaps 0-0 in home opener

3/22/2014

The New England Revolution opened their home slate by collecting their first point of the 2014 season in a 0-0 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

New England, which had started the season with a pair off losses to Houston and Philadelphia, grabbed the result on stout defending, which was bolstered by the return of Defender of the Year Jose Goncalves to the lineup.

The draw gives the Revolution a 0-2-1 (one point) record, while the Whitecaps' second straight draw puts their record at 1-0-2 (five points).

What it means: It wasn't the full three points the hosts were searching for, but there's no doubt that the Revolution will take it. After starting the season winless in their first two, the Revolution defense came to the rescue on Saturday, thanks in part to the contributions from Goncalves. Meanwhile, the Revolution collected their fair share of chances, but unfortunately for them, they could not find the back of the net for the third straight game. Nevertheless, it was a performance to build on, and one that could help point the Revolution back in the right direction.

Stat of the match: Saturday's shutout was the first the club collected since the 2013 regular-season finale in Columbus, a match that the Revolution won 1-0.

Home opener unbeaten streak stays intact: With the draw, the Revolution extended their home opener unbeaten streak to eight (6-0-2), a mark that stretches back to the 2007 home opener.

Goncalves returns to the lineup: 2013 Defender of the Year Jose Goncalves was back in the lineup after he was dropped from the game-day 18 last week in Philadelphia. Goncalves reclaimed the captain's armband and partnered with AJ Soares in central defense, while Andrew Farrell, who slid into Goncalves' spot last week, returned to his customary right back spot.

Other lineup changes: Unlike last week's match against the Union -- a match in which Revolution coach Jay Heaps made five changes to his lineup -- only two changes were made to New England's starting XI. In addition to Goncalves' return, Kelyn Rowe reclaimed his spot in the lineup after missing last week's match due to a hamstring injury.

Ex-Whitecaps see action against old club: Lee Nguyen and Daigo Kobayashi were both afforded the opportunity to face their former club on Saturday. Nguyen, who spent the 2012 preseason with Vancouver before he was waived, went 81 minutes. Meanwhile, Daigo Kobayashi, who spent the 2013 season in Vancouver, came on in the 58th minute for Saer Sene.

New uniforms debut: The Revolution sported their new primary uniforms for the first time on Saturday. The club sported their new tops in Houston, but did not don the new shirt and white shorts combination until Saturday's clash.

Next up: The Revolution return to the road to face the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, March 29 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kickoff is set for 10:30 p.m. ET. The Revolution claimed a 2-0 win over the Quakes at Gillette Stadium on July 6, 2013.