Revs stymied in San Jose

Posted on 19 April 2010 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution suffered their second defeat of the season Saturday night as they lost to the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium.

The Revolution, who so expertly picked apart the defense of Toronto FC the week before, could not find enough width on the narrow San Jose pitch to repeat their previous performance.   San Jose on the other hand, who had shown some defensive lapses early in the season, played a very well organized game and was able to control large portions of the match.

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New acquisition Marko Perovic got the start for the Revolution after joining the team the previous week.  Perovic was put into an attacking midfielder position, lining up just behind rookie forward Zack Schilawski who got the start over 3rd year veteran Kheli Dube.

Noticeably absent from the Revs’ line-up was team captain Shalrie Joseph, who remained on the east coast to treat his re-aggravated hip flexor.  In his place, Pat Phelan, who started the first two games of the season with Joseph absent, partnered in the midfield with Joseph Niouky.  Chris Tierney made his fourth start for the team along with Sainey Nyassi, playing left and right wing respectively.

On the back line, the only change to the line up was Darrius Barnes, who got his first start of the season in place of Emmanuel Osei, who suffered a foot injury prior to the game.  Barnes partnered with Cory Gibbs, who wore the captain’s armband for the third time this season.  Kevin Allston and Seth Sinovic also got their fourth consecutive starts.

The Revolution defense, backed by keeper Preston Burpo, did well to stave off the San Jose attack in the opening minutes.  Burpo was twice called into action to deny midfielders Andre Luiz Moreira and Chris Wondolowski.  But, without Shalrie Joseph, the Revolution midfield struggled to connect with the forwards throughout the game.  Perovic did well to win the ball in the midfield several times but could not link up with his striking partner or the wings to create any real chances.  His best chance came in the 19th minute when he sent a blast across the face of the San Jose goal but just missed the far post.

The Revs, who have been a second half team for the firs three games of the season, again looked to be of better form after the break.  Perovic, who appears to have assumed the responsibility of taking the free kicks, nearly connected Darrius Barnes on a set piece, but the ball was cleared off the line.

San Jose then finally broke through with Ryan Johnson connecting with Wondolowski to slip Johnson’s cross past the Revs goalkeeper.  San Jose looked likely to score again with Johnson jostling with Barnes for the ball inside the box, but was denied by Barnes in the end.  However, The Revs would eventually concede to the strong play of San Jose thanks to the presence of rookie defender Ike Opara, who burned Barnes on a corner kick from Bobby Convey, and headed the ball home.

Steve Nicol tried to engineer an attack in the 68th minute by subbing off Sainey Nyassi, who had been struggling on the right wing, in favor of forward Kheli Dube, who is the only person on the Revoultion roster to have scored against San Jose in recent history.  In the 80th, Nicol pulled off defender Seth Sinovic in favor of forward/midfielder Zak boggs.  Sinovic, who had been one of the better players for the Revolution on the evening, had played every minute of every game for Nicol this season up til this point, and had shown his ability to get into the attack of the game, partnering well with Chris Tierney on the left hand side.

Finally, Nicol subbed off Schilawski in favor of Kenny Mansally, who had scored twice in his last appearance for the Revs coming off the bench late in the game vs DC United.  Mansally and Boggs almost combined to score in the final minutes but veteran San Jose keeper Joe Cannon was up to the task.

The Revs are now 0 for 2 in their west coast road trips this season, but look to capitalize on a three game home stand, starting this coming Saturday when the Colorado Rapids come to town.  The Revs then face FC Dallas on Saturday May 1st and Chivas USA the following Wednesday, May 5th.

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