Sunday, May 22, 2011
Rapid reaction: Earthquakes 2, Revs 1
By Brian O'Connell
San Jose's second-half substitute Ellis McLoughlin snapped the New England Revolution's shutout streak at 283 minutes and Bobby Convey added another to hand the Revolution a 2-1 loss Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium.
McLoughlin, who entered the match in the 67th minute, nodded a Chris Wondolowski ball through to give the Quakes the advantage in the 71st minute. Convey’s curling free kick into the upper 90 doubled the home team’s lead in the 83rd minute. Revolution midfielder Chris Tierney countered with an 86th-minute dead ball strike from distance, but time ran out before the Revs could equalize.
The loss dropped the Revs' record to 3-4-4 (13 points), while the Quakes picked up their second consecutive victory and upped their record to 3-4-3 (12 points).
Look familiar? New England’s starting XI might have given some a sense of déjà vu; it was the same one used last week against Vancouver. In fact, Saturday night’s match marked the first time that Revolution manager Steve Nicol used the same lineup in consecutive matches this season.
Cochrane faces former club -- Revs center back Ryan Cochrane, who played for the Earthquakes in separate stints (2004-05, 2008), had never played against the Quakes until Saturday night.
It had been awhile -- Chris Tierney's 86th-minute strike gave the Revs their first goal from the run of play since Rajko Lekic's 83rd-minute header against Sporting Kansas City on April 23.
No penalty for you! In the 37th minute, Chris Tierney pick-pocketed Ike Opara deep in Quake territory and took the ball inside the area keen for the opening goal. But Chris Leitch hurried in to shove Tierney down in the box. To Tierney’s dismay, appeals for a penalty were all for naught.
Shutout streak ends -- After blanking the competition in back-to-back matches prior to Saturday night, the Revs conceded their first goal since a 3-0 loss on April 30 to Chivas USA.
Road woes continue -- With the 2-1 loss, the Revs remain winless on the road this season (0-3-2).
Stoppage time controversy -- In search of a late equalizer, fourth official Alejandro Mariscal gave the Revs some time to work with when he flashed a minimum of three minutes' worth stoppage time remaining. However, referee Yader Reyes blew the final whistle after only 2:12 worth of stoppage time and left the guests seething.
California unkind to the Revs -- The Revs will have to wait until 2012 to secure their first regular-season win in the Golden State, as they exited California for the third and final time after Saturday night’s match. On the season, the Revs went 0-2-1 in California and haven’t taken three points there since 2009.
Another California club awaits -- The Revs will face the Los Angeles Galaxy next Saturday at Gillette Stadium. But before they do, the Revs will make a stop in Kansas for a U.S. Open Cup play-in match against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday.
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.