REVOLUTION 1 – D.C. UNITED 0

Posted on 21 July 2011 by Matty Jollie

Revs Celebrate McCarthy Goal, First Road Win

Washington, DC – For the first time since May 14th, the New England Revolution (4-9-7, 19pts) came away with all three points, defeating D.C. United (5-6-8, 23pts) 1-0, sweeping the season series with their heated rivals from the Nation’s capital.  The  Revs’ first road victory vaulted New England out of the cellar in the Eastern Conference and into seventh place on 19 points, four points behind sixth-place Sporting Kansas City.

New England took the field with a slightly different look, most noticeably without midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who was serving his one game suspension for his red card against Philadelphia on Sunday.  Second-year striker Zack Schilawski and rookie Zak Boggs started up top with Rajko Lekic, finally abandoning the lone-striker role for the Danishman.  Rookie Stephen McCarthy started in central midfield for Feilhaber, and Chris Tierney slid to left back, covering the loss of Didier Domi.

It was D.C. United who took control early, and they almost secured an early goal in the third minute through Andy Najar, who found an open Dwayne DeRosario (recently acquired via trade from New York). The pass was just a little too far forward for the Canadian talisman, and the game’s first scoring chance bared no fruit.

United carried the run of play for much of the second half, and if not for the continuing spectacular play from veteran goalkeeper Matt Reis, the match could have gone much differently. Reis was on display in the 16th minute, stoning striker Charlie Davies, diving back across his body to save the cut-back near post effort and the clean sheet. It was Reis again a minute later, stopping the drive from DeRosario, denying the Canadian once more.

New England created it’s greatest opportunity to score in the first half in the 33rd minute when captain Shalrie Joseph nodded down a diagonal cross from Tierney at the top of the box to Zak Boggs, who waited for the ball to come down just long enough to fire a cracking volley right at United keeper Bill Hamid, who stopped Boggs’ attempt and parried it away.

Unquestionably the biggest turning point of the match occurred just before the stroke of halftime, when Pat Phelan was judged to have handled the ball in the box, awarding D.C. United with a penalty kick at the very end of the half. It was American international striker Charlie Davies to the spot for United, and after a few brief moments of gamesmanship from Matt Reis, Davies kicked a field goal over the cross bar, and the match went to the locker rooms still tied at 0-0.

The scoreline clearly had a positive effect on New England, as they came out of the locker room with a focused passion and effort, creating early chances and establishing an early tempo. The effort finally came through in the 64th minute when a Stephen McCarthy cross found the head of Zack Schilawski, who rose above the D.C. United defense but his uncontested headed ball soared over the cross bar.

The near-miss from New England seemingly inspired D.C United, as the next few minutes belonged to the hosts, culminating in a well-crafted attempt from Dwayne DeRosario in the 70th minute that keeper Matt Reis got a piece of, enough to direct the shot just wide and into the side netting.

It was New England who broke through for what was the match’s only goal in the 73rd minute, and to no Revolution supporter’s surprise, it was off of a set piece.  Chris Tierney stepped to the corner flag, delivered a perfectly weighted cross that found Stephen McCarthy, who towered over the defenders in the box, and buried the header into the back of the net.  It was the rookie’s second goal of the season, and New England had a much desired late lead on the road.

With just over a quarter of an hour remaining to preserve the lead, it was once again Matt Reis who came up in the biggest spots to protect the victory from New England.  Reis came up huge on several occasions in the final stanzas of the match, most noticeably the saves on DeRosario in the 82nd minute, and then a big stop with only a minute or so remaining in stoppage time on Joseph Ngwenya.  Matt Reis has always been the backbone of the New England team, especially the defense, but it needs to be said that this may in fact be his greatest season in a Revs uniform, despite the poor results from the team.

The final whistle blew in spite of D.C. United having earned a corner kick, and the New England Revolution earned their first road victory of the 2011 MLS Season.  New England will look to win back-to-back road games on Saturday night when they travel to the Rocky Mountain region to take on defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids.

 

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New England Revolution at D.C. United

July 20, 2011 – RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)

 

New England Revolution 1, D.C. United 0

 

Scoring Summary:

NE – Stephen McCarthy (Chris Tierney) 73

 

New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Chris Tierney, A.J. Soares, Ryan Cochrane (Darrius Barnes 22), Kevin Alston, Stephen McCarthy, Shalrie Joseph ©, Pat Phelan, Zack Schilawski (Kenny Mansally 68), Rajko Lekic, Zak Boggs (Sainey Nyassi 58)

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Franco Coria, Ryan Guy, Diego Fagundez

STATS*: Shots: 9; Shots on Goal: 2; Saves: 6; Corner Kicks: 3; Offside: 1; Fouls Committed: 5

 

D.C. United: Bill Hamid, Daniel Woolard, Brandon McDonald, Ethan White, Perry Kitchen, Chris Pontius (Austin Da Luz 71), Clyde Simms (Joseph Ngwenya 79), Dwyane De Rosario, Andy Najar, Josh Wolff © (Fred 63), Charlie Davies

Substitutes Not Used: Steve Cronin, Kurt Morsink, Chris Korb, Stephen King

STATS*: Shots: 13; Shots on Goal: 6; Saves: 1; Corner Kicks: 8; Offside: 0; Fouls Committed: 6

 

* Note that all statistics are unofficial

 

Misconduct Summary:

NE – Kenny Mansally (caution) 77

 

Team Records:

New England Revolution – 4-9-7, 19 pts.

D.C. United – 5-6-8, 23 pts.

 

Referee: Michael Kennedy

Assistant Referees: Kermit Quisenberry, Bill Ditmar

Fourth Official: Carlos Rivero
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 91 degrees

Attendance:  15,597

 

NOTES

-The win put an end to the team’s nine-game winless streak, which had tied a club record with three other runs (1997, 1998, 2003)

-The win snapped the Revs’ 10-game road losing streak, which dates back to the final game of the 2010 season at New York … the Revs came into tonight’s game with a 0-6-3 record in 2011 on the road … the team is now 1-6-3 on the road this year

-With the win, the Revs improved to 23-25-8 all-time against D.C., including a 8-16-4 mark on the road

-The win also extended the Revs’ winning streak against United to five games, dating back to May 2009

-This is the third straight season in which the Revs won the season series against United, after going 1-0-1 against D.C. in 2009 and 2-0-0 in 2010

-Tonight’s game was the 56th league meeting between the two teams, and the 63rd overall meeting including MLS Cup Playoffs and U.S. Open Cup

-The Revs ran out a 4-3-3 lineup to start the game after putting out a 4-4-2 in their last game … the last time the team dispensed a 4-3-3 was May 7 against Colorado

-Shalrie Joseph and Ryan Cochrane returned to the lineup after sitting out Sunday’s game against Philadelphia while serving suspensions … Cochrane was serving a red-card suspension, while Joseph was serving a yellow-card accumulation suspension

-Zack Schilawski made his first start since April 30, 2011, a 3-0 loss at Chivas USA

-Diego Fagundez, who is the Revs’ first Home Grown player after signing last November, made his first-ever appearance on the 18-man squad in an MLS game … tonight’s game marked the first time he has dressed with the first team in a league match … he has previously made appearances in both of the Revs’ U.S. Open Cup Play-In matches, and six Reserve League games (one goal, four assists)

-Ryan Cochrane came off in the 22nd minute with a left foot injury … he entered the game listed as probable on the team’s Tuesday injury report with left foot pain

-Stephen McCarthy’s goal was his second of the season and the second of his career … it was his first goal since he struck for his first MLS goal on April 2 at Gillette Stadium

-Chris Tierney recorded his second assist of the season on McCarthy’s goal … Tierney’s assist is his first off a set piece in 2011 … Tierney’s assist was the ninth of his career

-Tonight marked the third time in the last four meetings against D.C. that Chris Tierney has recorded the game-winning against

-The Revs – and goalkeeper Matt Reis – recorded their fourth shutout of the season … it was the team’s first shutout since a 0-0 match on June 15 against Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium

-The shutout was Reis’ 63rd career shutout and his 54th with the Revolution … this was Reis’ fifth career shutout against United

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