Saturday, March 30, 2013
Rapid Reaction: FC Dallas 1, Revs 0
By Brion O'Connor
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Second-half substitute Blas Perez broke a scoreless game late to give FC Dallas a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
Perez scored off a David Ferreira cross in the 87th minute, while goalkeeper Raul Fernandez stopped all five shots he faced to pick up the shutout.
With the loss, the Revolution ran their winless streak to three, while their overall record dropped to 1-2-1 (4 points). The one-goal win gives Dallas 4-1-0 (12 points) its second straight shutout.
What it means: The attacking struggles that have dogged the Revolution came out in full force on Saturday. While the passing and shot selection improved over last week's wind-driven affair, not even the presence of Jerry Bengtson could improve their success in front of the net. Lee Nguyen led the way with three total shots, but only one went on frame. There's no doubting the effort is there; the Revolution sent more numbers forward in a more attacking formation, but the execution inside the final third has been all but absent as the Revolution's scoreless streak ran to 298 minutes on the season.
Stat of the game: Without the wind to contend with this week, the Revolution found 15 open play crosses against Dallas' 13. But it was all for naught, as Ferreira's 87th-minute cross to Perez for the game winner tipped the game in favor of the guests.
Bengtson's back: After missing last week's match due to due national team duty with Honduras, Revolution striker Jerry Bengtson returned to the lineup. He went the full 90 and recorded a pair of shots in the process.
Midfield switch: Central midfielder Clyde Simms got his third different partner in the park on Saturday, with Juan Toja getting the start in the central midfield. In the previous three games, Simms had partnered with Kalifa Cisse and Scott Caldwell.
Next up: Following next weekend's bye, the Revolution head Seattle to face the Sounders for an inter-conference clash. The game kicks off at 4pm ET.