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Wizards, Revolution back at it again
January 22, 2010
Taylor Twellman (Jamie Holmes 70), Khano Smith.
''We had a lot of things going against us," Nicol said. ''I'm not complaining, we were missing four international players and a fifth [Shalrie Joseph] was playing with a broken nose. They had the better of us in the second half but considering the changes we had to make, we can't be too disappointed. We are undefeated after 10 games and we were playing against a real good, well-drilled team. Of course, we want to win, but this was a real good, professional performance."
The Revolution have equaled the third-longest unbeaten start to a season in MLS history. The record is 12 games, set in 1996 by the Los Angeles Galaxy (12-0, 2 SOW) and in 2000 by the Kansas City Wizards (10-0-2). In 2000, the Galaxy started the season with a 5-0-5 record.
The 22 points after 10 games is the fifth-most at this point in the campaign in MLS annals. The '96 Galaxy has 28 points, the 2000 Wizards had 26, the '98 Galaxy on 25 and the 2001 Miami Fusion had 25 points after 10 matches.
The Victorine goal was the first allowed by the Revolution at Gillette Stadium this season in more than eight hours (501 minutes), and the first by the Revolution in 624 minutes dating back to last season in all competitions.
There was more bad news for Twellman, who was forced off with a hamstring injury late in the match. An MRI examination on Tuesday revealed a strained left hamstring and he is expected to miss as much as four weeks with the injury. Twellman said it was similar to the injury that forced him out for a long spell last season.
Joseph was considered doubtful after a collision in training on Thursday left him with a broken nose, but after seeing a doctor he cleared to play and ended up playing the entire 90 minutes.
All of the Revolution's national teamers saw action on both day of the double World Cup qualifying week. Pat Noonan, Clint Dempsey and Steve Ralston all played for the USA in a 3-0 win against Costa Rica in Salt Lake City, Ralston starting and Noonan (64) and Dempsey (86) coming on as substitutes. Against Panama, Ralston and Noonan started in wide midfield roles in the USA's 4-3-2-1 scheme, with Dempsey a 63rd-minute sub. Ralston's pinpoint service from the flank led to the USA's second goal, a Landon Donovan snap header.
Defender Avery John played the entire match for Trinidad & Tobago in both of their World Cup qualifiers, a 3-0 victory against Panama at the weekend and a 2-0 loss to Mexico on Wednesday.
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