Saturday, June 8, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Revolution 0, D.C. United 0
By Brian O'Connell, Special to ESPNBoston.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Revolution (5-4-5, 20 points) extended their defensive shutout streak to 395 minutes, but failed to find the back of the net against D.C. United (1-10-3, 6 points) in a 0-0 draw at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.
Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth was called upon to make only one save to earn his seventh shutout of the season. United counterpart Bill Hamid stopped three shots to pick up his third shutout of the season.
With the draw, the Revolution extended their unbeaten streak to five (3-0-2) but saw their winning streak snapped at three. D.C. United earned their first point in league action since a 1-1 draw against Sporting Kansas City on May 19.
What it means: Less than a week after putting a five-spot on the defending champion Galaxy, the Revolution couldn't muster a single goal against the worst team in the league. Although there were chances to be had, the Revolution were ultimately undone by their inability to put together some of the same combination passing seen against the Galaxy last week. Diego Fagundez looked dangerous, but couldn't beat Bill Hamid on his 66th-minute shot. Saturday's game was the ultimate trap game for the Revolution, and unfortunately for the Foxborough faithful, the hosts fell right into it.
Stat of the game: After scoring in their last five games, the Revolution were blanked by an opponent. The last time they had a zero on the scoreboard came on May 2, when they were held to a scoreless draw by Portland at JELD-WEN Field.
Fagundez's scoring run ends: Fagundez, who had scored in the Revolution's previous four games, failed to find the back of the net against D.C.
Nyassi faces old mates: Former Revolution midfielder Sainey Nyassi, who signed with D.C. United on May 27, entered the game as a 70th-minute substitute for D.C. Nyassi spent nearly seven years with the Revolution (2007-2013) before the club waived him on May 16.
Next up: Before hitting the road for a June 15 clash against the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Revolution will host the New York Red Bulls at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday for a fourth-round U.S. Open Cup match at Harvard University's Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium in Cambridge, Mass.