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D.C. United vs. New England Revolution | MLS Match Preview

DCvNE, 7-27-2013

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D.C. UNITED vs NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
RFK MEMORIAL STADIUM, Washington, D.C.
July 27, 2013 (WEEK 22, MLS Game #199)
7 p.m. ET (CSN-DC; CSN-NE)

D.C. United and the New England Revolution renew their longstanding rivalry when the two Eastern Conference clubs meet for the second time this season on Saturday evening at RFK Stadium. United return home having seen their current winless run extended to four games in a 4-1 loss at the Chicago Fire last weekend. The Revolution put an end to a two-game losing slide, continuing their road swing with a late 2-0 victory at the Columbus Crew.

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REFEREE: David Gantar. AR1 (bench): Adam Wienckowski; AR2 (opposite): Greg Barkey; 4th: Chris Penso
MLS Career: 18 games; FC/gm: 25.8; Y/gm: 3.1; R: 8; pens: 1

DISABLED LIST: none
SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: DC: Perry Kitchen, Daniel Woolard, John Thorrington Ö NE: Juan Toja, Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen, Andrew Farrell
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: DC: Bill Hamid (USA)

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (60 meetings): United 28 wins (4 shootout), 87 goals - Revolution 23 wins (3 shootout), 76 goals Ö Ties 9
AT RFK (29 meetings): United 18 wins (2 shootout), 56 goals -  Revolution 8 wins (1 shootout), 41 goals Ö Ties 4
FUTURE MATCH: 9/21: New England Revolution vs. D.C. United, 7:30 p.m. ET
*    The teams are meeting for the second time this season. They reached a scoreless draw June 8 at Gillette Stadium.
*    United have a four-game undefeated streak alive vs. the Revolution, winning all three meetings between the teams last season. Those three wins snapped a five-game losing streak vs. the Revolution in the all-time league series, D.C's first wins against New England since 2008.
*    United's win April 14, 2012 at Gillette Stadium was their first victory in Foxborough since 2007, and snapped a five-game winless streak there.
*    Coaches record: Ben Olsen v NE: P7 W3 L3 D1 Ö Jay Heaps vs. DC: P4 W0 L3 D1

LAST MEETING (MLS)
6/8: NE 0, DC 0

*    United goalkeeper Bill Hamid was credited with four saves for the visitors, also seeing a shot by Chris Tierney in the 67th minute bounce off the post and carom to safety.
*    New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth was called upon to make one save in recording his fourth consecutive clean sheet, extending his shutout streak to 395 minutes.
*    NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-1-4-1): Bobby Shuttleworth - Andrew Farrell, Stephen McCarthy, Jose Goncalves, Chris Tierney - Scott Caldwell - Saer Sene (Kelyn Rowe 54), Lee Nguyen, Juan Toja (Chad Barrett 65), Diego Fagundez - Juan Agudelo.
*    D.C. UNITED (4-4-1-1): Bill Hamid - James Riley, Ethan White, Daniel Woolard, Chris Korb - Nick DeLeon, Perry Kitchen, John Thorrington (Sainey Nyassi 70), Kyle Porter (Casey Townsend 82) - Chris Pontius - Carlos Ruiz (Dwayne De Rosario 75).

D.C. UNITED
D.C. United concluded their three-game road swing with another defeat, this time a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Fire on Saturday evening at Toyota Park. United are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with 10 points from 20 matches.

LAST MATCH
*    The Fire took the lead just two minutes after the opening kickoff. Joel Lindpere hooked in a well-placed early cross from the left flank and Chris Rolfe finished, tapping a first-time finish over goalkeeper Joe Willis as he came off his line.
*    Nine minutes later, Lindpere benefited from pinpoint service when Jeff Larentowicz charged down the right side of the field, turned the corner and fed Lindpere, who cut back to his left foot around a defender before slamming it home.
*    In first-half stoppage time, a neat passing sequence led to Lindpere playing a one-touch chip through to Rolfe, who raced clear of the United defense and placed a low shot into the right corner of the goal.
*    The score became 4-0 about 10 minutes after the break when halftime substitute Quincy Amarikwa charged into the D.C. box and was taken down by Daniel Woolard. Mike Magee converted the spot kick for his 12th goal of the season.
*    United finally scored a goal from open play -- their first in more than two months -- two minutes later when Luis Silva curled in a gorgeous shot from 25 yards out into the upper right corner of the goal.
*    United head coach Ben Olsen made three changes to the team that reached a scoreless draw with the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Chris Korb came back into the back four for James Riley, and Luis Silva and Nick DeLeon started in midfield in place of Kyle Porter and Chris Pontius.
*    D.C. UNITED (4-2-3-1): Joe Willis - Chris Korb, Ethan White (Dejan Jakovic 46), Daniel Woolard, Taylor Kemp - Perry Kitchen, John Thorrington - Sainey Nyassi (Kyle Porter 61), Luis Silva, Nick DeLeon (James Riley 75) - Carlos Ruiz.

TEAM NEWS
*    United suffered their 14th defeat in 20 league games in the loss at Chicago. It extended their current winless streak to four games; they have won just once over their last 18 league contests.
*    "We've had a lot of losses this year. We will continue to regroup, and continue to try and get better,î said United head coach Ben Olsen. "Again, I think the positive is for some of our young guys tonight that went into a tough place to play and learned some lessons. As long as we can learn from that stuff, I think we'll move forward.î
*    United scored their first goal from open play in nine league games, since May 19, when Luis Silva scored from long range in his United debut.
*    "[The goal] is a bright spot, I suppose. It was a good goal  It's good to get him off the mark,î said Olsen. "It was just a day where no one on our team had a good day.î
*    Silva was making his first start after his arrival from Toronto FC, where he had two assists in 14 appearances (11 starts).
*    "We have the right tools; we just have to put them together. We have to work as a team, defending as a team, and attack as a team as well,î Silva said. "We know it's 11 versus 11, and if we do our job, if everyone does their job, we'll be fine.î
*    United also conceded a season-high four goals, matching the total allowed in a 4-0 home loss to the Houston Dynamo on May 8.
*    "The only positive I see is that I hope we remember what this feels like and I hope it never happens again,î said midfielder John Thorrington. "Didn't carry out our game plan, not enough guys ready to do what it takes to win a game.It's not just coincidence that we won two games this year. Ö I guess you could say there were some moments where we played well, but when you give up four goals, you just have to play like Barcelona and we didn't.î
*    Nick DeLeon returned to the lineup after missing three matches through injury, his first start since June 22.
*    Center back Dejan Jakovic made his first start since May 19, having missed eight league matches through injury.
*    "We should be fighting and scrapping for every point get can get at this point. Tonight wasn't our night,î Thorrington said. "I've been on a lot of teams in the league, I know this isn't a bad group of players, I know it's not a bad coaching staff, I know there is something here but for whatever reason it hasn't been working.  We've showed signs in the last month so maybe we can start a bit of a turnaround.î

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
The New England Revolution put an end to a two-game losing slide, getting a pair of very late goals for a 2-0 win against the Columbus Crew on Saturday evening at Crew Stadium. The Revolution are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 27 points from 20 matches.

LAST MATCH
*    Both goals came after the full 90 minutes had ticked over. A minute into stoppage time, Lee Nguyen sent a corner to the back post where Jose Goncalves headed home between the legs of Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum.
*    Three minutes later, the Crew turned it over in their own end and Nguyen slid a pass to Diego Fagundez, who then sealed the win with a firm strike from inside the area.
*    Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made six changes to the team that fell 2-1 to the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. A.J. Soares came into the back four for Stephen McCarthy, Jerry Bengtson started up top for the suspended Dimitry Imbongo, and Chad Barrett, Clyde Simms, Chris Tierney and Kelyn Rowe all came into the midfield in place of Ryan Guy, Lee Nguyen, Juan Toja and Diego Fagundez.
*    NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-4-1-1): Bobby Shuttleworth - Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, A.J. Soares, Darrius Barnes - Chad Barrett (Diego Fagundez 69), Clyde Simms (Lee Nguyen 58), Scott Caldwell, Chris Tierney - Kelyn Rowe (Juan Toja 82) - Dimitry Imbongo.

TEAM NEWS
*    Jose Goncalves scored his first MLS goal, one of two Revolution goals in stoppage time for the victory. It was the Revolution's first game-winning goal in stoppage since Taylor Twellman scored a goal in the 92nd minute to lift the Revs to a 3-2 win over Dallas on July 16, 2005.
*    "This was an important game. We had to bounce back from two bad results and we just wanted to do better. So this was the kind of mentality we came into the game with today and you can see that everyone worked hard. We created the best chances in this game and I think we deserved to win,î GonÁalves said.
*    Chris Tierney moved forward to start on the left midfield, his first start other than at left back since last October 27, when he started on the left of midfield.
*    Clyde Simms made his first appearance since June 29, coming into the rebuilt midfield, and Chad Barrett started as a wide midfielder after his first three Revolution starts came as an out-and-out striker.
*    "It was a combination [of wanting to mix things up and fatigue]. It was also getting some guys on the field who were little more experienced; we went a little more experienced tonight,î said Heaps. "Key guys for us, I talked to Juan [Toja], Diego [Fagundez] and Lee [Nguyen] and said that we were going with a harder, physical lineup and I wanted to make sure that as the game broke open those guys influenced the game and they certainly did.î
*    Lee Nguyen came off the bench and assisted on both goals, his second two-assist match in the last four games.
*    "That was exactly the game-plan,î Heaps said. "It never really works that way. There are certain things that you have to do. But I thought that all three of those [substitutes] were willing and ready, knew exactly where they were going in and watched during the game to see where they could impact [the match]. And, quite frankly, they went in and did an excellent job.î
*    Said Nguyen: "We had three games in ten days and we've got guys who can come in and help us out ñ it was good to give us some rest and give us that extra little energy to come in the second half to come in and make a difference. Diego [Fagundez] did well ñ the whole team did well ñ the defense stepped up again and were there to create the shutout. It was a huge win for us.î
*    A.J. Soares made his first start since April 20, when he suffered a hamstring injury just 18 minutes into a loss at New York.
*    Bobby Shuttleworth recorded his ninth shutout of the season, one shy of the single-season club record set by Matt Reis over three consecutive seasons, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
*    The last time a team scored two goals in stoppage time came last April 21, when Simon Dawkins (92+) and Chris Wondolowski (93+) netted for San Jose in a 3-1 win vs. Real Salt Lake.