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Revs slammed by Sounders

Posted on 08 June 2010 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution head into the world cup break with their worst start to the season  in years , suffering a humbling defeat at the hands of Seattle Sounders FC, 3-0, last Saturday night.

The Revs are 5th in the east with just 11 points in 12 games.   With the new playoff system based off of  the MLS  “single table”, the Revs currently in 12th overall, are 5 points off the 8th place Houston Dynamo.

Coming off a 3-2 victory against New York Red Bull, in which the Revolution lost their starting goalkeeper Preston Burpo for the rest of the season,  Steve Nicol was forced to start the largely untested Bobby Shuttleworth in goal.  It soon became clear that the Sounder’s game plan was to pressure the “rookie” goalkeeper from the onset of the match.

It paid instant dividends as the Sounders were quickly on the scoreboard in just the 5th minute, when Sounders left back, Leo Gonzalez pushed forward and unleashed a swerving cannonball past Shuttleworth into the far corner.   Steve Zakuani then capitalized for Seattle in the 24th minute, before Fredy Montero put the nail in the coffin just before halftime to end the scoring at 3-0.

Seattle completely dominated the flow of play in the first half and set out to do so in the second.  The Revolution sought to counter by substituting Edgaras Jankauskas in for Kenny Mansally, and Emmanuel Osei for Pat Phelan.  This allowed the Revs to move into a 3-5-2 formation, something they have not played in all year.  The Revs could not get control of the ball however, and for long periods of time were forced back into their own half.  Seattle out-shot New England 19 – 2, which clearly tells the tale of the Revolution’s poor performance.

The Revolution will play host to Brazil side Cruziero on Sunday June 13 at Foxboro, and then enjoy a two week break while the league pauses for the World Cup.  Their next match will be Sunday, June 27th in Foxboro, when the Revolution host the 11th place Chicago Fire.

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