Fresh off a pair of consecutive 3-2 wins, the Revs suffered an embarrassing post-victory hangover in a lethargic 3-0 loss against Chivas USA on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Chivas, who entered the match with a total of five goals on the season, tallied a trio on the night thanks to Nick LaBrocca (21st minute), Marcos Mondaini (45th minute) and Alejandro Moreno (56th minute).
With the loss, the Revs (2-4-3, 9 pts.) remain winless on the road in league play this season (0-2-2, 2 pts.) and stay at the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference standings. On the opposite side of the scoreboard, the Goats (2-2-3, 9 pts.) earned their second consecutive victory and extended their recent unbeaten streak to five.
Worst loss of 2011:In Saturday night’s 3-0 loss, the Revs concede a season-high three goals, but also sank to a three-goal deficit, the deepest one they’ve seen this season.
Tired legs? Despite their winning form heading into their showdown against Chivas, Saturday night’s match marked their third game in eight days for the Revs -- and it showed. The Revs looked discombobulated in every phase of game and struggled to test Chivas keeper Dan Kennedy.
Goal drought against Goats continues: Chivas has kept the Revs off the board for a whopping 372 consecutive minutes -- a streak that goes back to July 19, 2009. In fact, the last Revs player to score a goal against the Goats was the now-retired Steve Ralston, who scored a 77th goal in the July 19 contest.
Revs start slow, fail to finish: After asserting themselves early in their past two matches, the Revs came out of the gate flat against the Goats and continued that way until the final whistle. In fact, the fluid attack seen last week was all but absent as the guests struggled to find an attacking rhythm against a stout defense that had conceded only two goals in its past four matches.
New midfield mix: With Marko Perovic out due to a knee sprain he suffered last week, Kenny Mansally was given the start on the left wing. Meanwhile, rookie Stephen McCarthy, who started every match of the season so far, was kept on the bench Saturday night with Shalrie Joseph and Benny Feilhaber holding down the central midfield spots.
Feilhaber’s homecoming: Feilhaber, who played high school and college soccer in southern California, returned to his old stomping grounds for the first time as an MLS player. Incidentally, Chivas USA had the first opportunity to select the local lad in the allocation order after he signed with MLS, but eventually passed before the Revolution promptly picked him up.
Shuttleworth gets the start: Backup goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth took his place between the pipes for the third time this season. Primary keeper Matt Reis, who sustained a shoulder injury during last week’s match against Sporting Kansas City, was given the night off.
The penalty that wasn’t: In the 53rd minute, referee Mark Kadlecik initially awarded a penalty to Chivas after it appeared that Revolution center back A.J. Soares, who was closely marking Chivas striker Alejandro Moreno, handled the ball inside of his area. But, after consulting with fourth official Sorin Stoica, Kadlecik reversed his decision and called a foul instead on Moreno, who actually had the ball deflect off his arm.
Nyassi returns to the left: At halftime, Revolution manager Steve Nicol inserted Sainey Nyassi for Mansally on the left side of the midfield. It was Nyassi’s first appearance on the left wing since the April 6 match at Vancouver.
Defending champs come to town: After their disappointing loss to Chivas, the Revs will return to Foxborough to face the 2010 MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids on May 6. The last time the Rapids came to Foxborough, on April 24, 2010, the Revs dropped a 2-1 loss. Saturday’s match kicks off at Gillette Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Brian O'Connell is covering the Revolution for ESPNBoston.com. He is the co-founder of New England Soccer Today (www.nesoccertoday.com), which covers professional soccer within New England. He can be reached at BOConnell21@aol.com.