Saturday, April 5, 2014
Revolution done in by own goal in D.C.
By Brian O'Connell
The soccer gods giveth, and the soccer gods taketh away.
A week after New England enjoyed the benefit of an own goal in San Jose, Revolution center back Jose Goncalves gifted one of his own to D.C. United, who grabbed a 2-0 win at RFK Stadium on Saturday.
Goncalves' own goal came in the 43rd minute, when he attempted to clear a Cristian Fernandez cross away from frame. But instead of sending it out of harm's way, the Revolution center back deflected the cross into his own net, much to the delight of the D.C. supporters.
Longtime Revolution nemesis Chris Rolfe, who entered Saturday's contest with seven career goals against New England, made it a two-goal game when he brought down a pass from Fabian Espindola and sent it past Bobby Shuttleworth in the 93rd minute.
With the loss, the Revolution fall to 1-3-1 (4 points), while D.C. grabbed its first win of the season to push its mark to 1-2-1 (4 points).
What it means: The Revolution wanted to enter Saturday's match with the same mentality they brought to San Jose, where they grabbed a 2-1 comeback victory last week. But it was easier said than done in D.C. Not only did they struggle to find the same attacking cohesion seen last week, but the defense was far from sharp. There were chances to be had in the second half from Diego Fagundez and Teal Bunbury, to be sure. However, the same demons that had haunted their form in the final third re-emerged on Saturday, as wasted opportunities undermined the Revolution's chances to grab a second straight win.
Stat of the match: The 2-0 loss snapped the Revolution's three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) against D.C. in league play. United hadn't gotten the best of the Revolution since a 2-1 win at RFK Stadium on Sept. 15, 2012.
Own goal adventures vs. D.C.: Goncalves' own goal marked the second straight game between the Revolution and D.C. in which United benefited from an own goal. In last year's head-to-head series finale, Scott Caldwell gifted United a goal when he mistakenly knocked a Luis Silva pass into his own net in the 12th minute.
Davies returns to D.C.: Revolution striker Charlie Davies, who came on in the 60th minute for Saer Sene, returned to RFK Stadium for the first time as an opponent. Davies scored 11 goals and added an assist in 26 games for D.C. in 2011.
Familiar look: For the first time this season, Revolution coach Jay Heaps made no changes to his lineup for Saturday's clash. Heaps previously used different lineups in each of his club's first four games.
Next up: The Revolution will look to bounce back next weekend when they host the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, April 12 at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. The Revolution will also be seeking revenge for the 4-0 loss the Dynamo handed them in the regular-season opener on March 8 in Houston.