Sunday, May 8, 2011
Notebook: Revs 0, Rapids 0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- On Saturday night, the Revolution claimed a 0-0 draw to the defending league champion Colorado Rapids. Here are some noteworthy facts surrounding the match.
-After playing a 4-4-2 formation (with scant success) against Chivas last weekend, the Revs reverted back to the 4-5-1, which has been Revolution manager Steve Nicol’s formation of choice for much of the season.
-With the 0-0 draw, the Revs claimed their first shutout of the season after allowing goals in their previous eight games.
-The point from the draw was the first point the Revs have claimed against the Rapids since Oct. 3, 2009, when the teams battled to a 1-1 draw at Colorado.
-The last time the Revs shutout the Rapids came on Sept. 29, 2007, when they claimed a 1-0 victory at Gillette Stadium.
-With the shutout, goalkeeper Matt Reis, who collected only a single Colorado shot on the evening, earned his third career shutout against the Rapids as a member of the Revs.
-Ousmane Dabo, who was acquired in the offseason but battled injuries during the preseason, recorded his first league start of the season Saturday night.
-Saturday’s match marked the first timeZack Schilawski didn’t see action. Schilawski, who had seen playing time in all eight of the Revs previous matches, was kept on the bench as a substitute for the entire game.
-Colorado were without starting strikersOmar Cummings and Casey Conor for the match. Conor was listed as “questionable” prior to match with a left hamstring injury. Cummings, who sprained his ankle during the Rapids-Dynamo match on Wednesday, did not travel with the team to Foxborough.
-For the fifth consecutive time, a potential on-field meeting between twin brothers Sainey and Sanna Nyassi failed to materialize. The first four opportunities occurred when Sainey’s Revs played the Sounders, which Sanna played for from 2009 to 2010. With Sanna moving to Colorado during the offseason, another chance arrived Saturday night. While Sainey came in as a second-half sub, Sanna remained on the bench for the proceedings.