Sunday, June 5, 2011
Rapid reaction: FC Dallas 1, Revs 0
By Brian O'Connell
The Revolution’s road woes continued on Saturday night as they fell to a formidable FC Dallas squad 1-0 at Pizza Hut Park.
Dallas scored the lone goal of the match in the 69th minute when Martin Chavez ripped a shot from a severe angle inside the box that poked the back of the net. Keeper Kevin Hartman stopped a series of shots to pick up his seventh shutout of the season.
The win extended Dallas’ unbeaten streak to nine and improved their record to 7-3-4 (25 points) while the Revolution remain winless on the road this season and drop to 3-6-4 (13 points).
Revs well runs dry ... again: Saturday night’s shutout marked the sixth time in the past nine matches that the Revs have been blanked. Additionally, the game extended the Revs' goalless streak from the run of play to 546 minutes.
Possession an issue: After playing possession-oriented soccer against the Galaxy last weekend, the midfield failed to find their form against the deceptive Dallas attack, which tipped the possession scale in their favor (60.9 percent).
Revs attack lacking: The Revs recorded only two shots on goal throughout the game. And in another sign that things certainly weren’t working on the attack, New England had to wait until the 81st minute to earn its first corner kick of the game.
French duo return: Revolution midfielder Ousmane Dabo and left back Didier Domi returned to the pitch after both were sidelined last week due to injuries. For Dabo, it marked his first game back since April 23, while Domi saw his first action since April 30.
Cochrane in: Last week, Revs center back Ryan Cochrane suffered a concussion in the final minutes of the first half and did not return for the second frame. Although he was listed as “out” on the Revs' mid-week injury report, the veteran defender started against FC Dallas.
Feilhaber out: Benny Feilhaber, who suffered a right ankle sprain during the closing minutes of last weekend’s match, did not play Saturday night, with Dabo taking his place in the central midfield.
Reis comes up big: Matt Reis stopped a season-high seven shots against the fierce FC Dallas attack, including a pair of impressive saves that kept the Revs in the game even after Chavez’s 69th-minute strike.
On the road again: The Revs head to New York on Friday to face the second-place Red Bulls at Red Bull Park in Harrison, N.J. The match will mark the Revs' first match against their Eastern Conference rivals, who have gone winless in their last seven.
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.