New England Revolution: Houston Dynamo

Revs' road woes continue in Houston

September, 29, 2012
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On a rain-soaked BBVA Compass Stadium field, Ricardo Clark and Boniek Garcia each tallied for the first time this season to help deliver the Dynamo to a 2-0 victory over the Revolution on Saturday.

Clark's goal arrived in the 77th minute when he tapped a Brad Davis ball inside the far post. The hosts put it out of reach in the 93rd minute when Garcia volleyed through a Warren Creavalle cross to keep the Houston's season-long home unbeaten streak (10-0-5) intact.

Houston's Tally Hall made four saves to earn his 12th clean sheet of the season, while Bobby Shuttleworth stopped five shots in a losing effort.

With the loss, the Revolution's record falls to 7-16-8 (29 points) while the Dynamo's mark goes to 13-8-10 (49 points).

It's a broken record: With Saturday's loss, the Revolution pushed their winless streak on the road this to 12 (0-10-2), with their last win away from Gillette Stadium coming on March 31 in Los Angeles.

Stoppage-time hijinks: For the second straight game, the Revolution allowed a stoppage-time goal to fall through when Garcia tallied in the 93rd minute. Last week, New York's Joel Lindpere scored in the 91st minute before a Darrius Barnes goal allowed the Revolution to salvage a 1-1 draw.

Imbongo gets the nod up top: Dimitry Imbongo got the start over Diego Fagundez up top on Saturday. His last start came on Sept. 5 against Columbus, a game in which he scored his first MLS goal. Although he fired a team-high five shots on Saturday, only one went on target.

Shuttleworth back between the sticks: In an ongoing effort to give additional minutes to his less-experienced players, head coach Jay Heaps gave second choice goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth the start against the Dynamo on Saturday. The fourth-year keeper entered the game with a 1-1-1 record with a 0.67 goals against average in three starts, including a 2-0 shutout win over New York on July 8.

Feilhaber finds his way back into lineup: Midfielder Benny Feilhaber earned his first start in nearly a month after being dropped from the lineup for the previous three games. With Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney both out due to injury, Feilhaber also handled the bulk of the set piece responsibilities for the evening. The central midfielder's last start came in a 0-0 draw to the Union on Sept. 1 at Gillette Stadium.

Toja comes on for final 45: Allocation signee Juan Toja came on at the half, taking over for Clyde Simms in the central midfield. He earned a 68th-minute caution, and appeared to pick up a knock in the latter stages of the game, but remained on the field for the duration of the game.

Next up: The Revolution will remain on the road next week when they play the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. In their last matchup, the squads settled for a 0-0 draw at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 1.

Revs notes: Dynamo coming to town on Sat.

May, 16, 2012
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For the second straight week, the Revolution (4-6-0, 12 points) will host an opponent in the midst of an eight-day, three-game stretch when the Houston Dynamo (3-3-3, 12 points) step onto the field Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and Comcast SportsNet New England will televise it locally. Local listeners can tune into The Sports Hub 98.5 for the radio broadcast.

Saturday's intra-conference contest is the first of two between the Revolution and Dynamo during the regular season. New England travels to Houston on Sept. 29. Last season, the Dynamo got the best of the Revolution by grabbing a 1-0 win in Houston on April 17, then claiming a 1-1 draw at Foxboro on Aug. 17.

REVS NOTES:

• Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen won MLS Player of the Week for Week 10 after a two-goal, one-assist performance against the Whitecaps on May 12. He is the first Revolution player to win the award since Kenny Mansally won it for Week 2 of the 2010 MLS season.

• Six players from the 2006 and 2007 MLS Cup contests between the Revolution and Dynamo -- which were both won by the Dynamo -- will be present for Saturday's game. Brad Davis and Brian Ching will suit up for the Dynamo while Matt Reis and Shalrie Joseph will be on the field for the Revolution. Meanwhile, a pair of former Revolution teammates from the two Cup clashes will be on opposite benches. Revolution head coach Jay Heaps and Dynamo assistant coach Steve Ralston will renew acquaintances on Saturday.

• The Revolution own a 2-1-3 record against the Dynamo at Gillette Stadium, with the lone loss coming in a 3-0 defeat on May 3, 2009.

• The last five Revolution-Dynamo contests have been decided by a goal or less.

• The Revolution reserves return to action Sunday for a match against the D.C. United reserves at Gillette Stadium. The game will kick off at 2:30 p.m.

• The Revolution will begin their quest for the U.S. Open Cup on May 29 against the winner of the second-round match between the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL PRO) and Long Island Rough Riders (PDL) on May 22. If the Islanders win, the Revolution will travel to Harrisburg City. But if the Rough Riders claim victory, the Revolution will host them at Soldier's Soccer Field at Harvard University. Game times for either scenario have not yet been determined.

INJURY REPORTS (as of May 15)

HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: GK Erich Marscheider (R shoulder sprain); DF Kofi Sarkodie (R foot sprain); FW Brian Ownby (L elbow dislocation)

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION -- OUT: FW Zak Boggs (R ankle sprain); DF Flo Lechner (R foot fifth metatarsal fracture); MF Sainey Nyassi (R hamstring strain); FW Jeremiah White (concussion); DOUBTFUL: MF Clyde Simms (L ankle tendonitis); QUESTIONABLE: FW Jose Moreno (R calf strain); MF Kelyn Rowe (L hamstring strain); PROBABLE: MF Ryan Guy (R calf stiffness)

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.

Rapid reaction: Dynamo 1, Revs 0

April, 17, 2011
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Without the services of three starters, including captain Shalrie Joseph, the Revs were overrun in the middle and final third before they conceded a late goal en route to a 1-0 loss against the Dynamo Sunday night at Robertson Stadium in Houston.

The Dynamo, who applied heavy pressure on the Revolution defenders from the opening whistle, found the lone goal of the match when Hunter Freeman pushed it through in the 86th minute to give his club its second consecutive win.

With the loss, the Revs (1-2-3) have dropped two straight and fall from fifth to sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Dynamo (2-1-2) leapfrog the Revs in the standings and earn a share of third place with Columbus after taking three points with the win.

First loss in Houston: With the loss, the Revs' record at Robertson Stadium is now 4-1-1.

Joseph, Phelan and Domi unavailable: After receiving red cards against Salt Lake last week, Joseph and midfielder Pat Phelan were suspended for the match. Left back Didier Domi missed the match because of a strained hamstring.

Nicol goes with a 4-3-3 formation: Revolution manager Steve Nicol, who elected to go with a 4-5-1 formation in the Revolution’s first five games, rolled out the 4-3-3 for Sunday’s match. Without Joseph and Phelan at his service, Nicol inserted Zak Boggs and Chris Tierney with regular Stephen McCarthy in the middle, and employed Zack Schilawski, Marko Perovic and newly signed Danish international Rajko Lekic up top.

Reis returns: After sitting out the last two matches with an adductor strain, starting keeper Matt Reis returned to action. With Joseph out, the 14th-year veteran wore the captain’s armband and made a number of critical saves throughout the match.

Lekic makes his debut: The Revolution’s newest member -- forward Rajko Lekic -- made his MLS debut Sunday night. Although the Revs were kept off the board, the former Silkeborg striker put Houston on notice late in the first half with a streaking run into the box before his foray was halted by Tally Hall.

Barnes at left back: For the first time in his MLS career, veteran center back Darrius Barnes was assigned to the left side because of Domi’s injury. He looked confident and collected in the first half, but his performance waned in the second half after Freeman and Danny Cruz made a number of runs down the flank.

Center backs step up: A.J. Soares and Franco Coria each smothered a collection of deadly Dynamo attacks in the first half and were instrumental in keeping the hosts off the board in the second half until Freeman’s 86th-minute goal.

Perovic off his game: A number of Marko Perovic’s passes missed their intended targets. The Serbian midfielder/forward, who returned to action last week after missing three games, looked rusty and out of sync with his teammates for much of the match.

Back to Foxborough: After Sunday night's game, the Revs head back home to face Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. Sporting KC, who are coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss to Columbus in a windy, rain-soaked affair, feature a potent attack but a suspect defense. In their last meeting, on Oct. 16, 2010, the Revs beat K.C. 1-0. Saturday’s match kicks off at Gillette Stadium at 7:30 p.m.


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.

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