or the goalposts -- to claim the full three points. On the stroke of the hour, Noonan did well to escape his marker and whipped in a quick cross that Twellman got a snap header to just in front of defender Bryan Namoff -- only to see it clank off the outside of the post.
Then in the second minute of stoppage time, Twellman received a neat pass from Noonan in the restraining arc and hit a powerful shot on the turn. But Perkins rose up to get a hand on the shot and tip it on to the crossbar, before it fell back into the box and was cleared away to safety.
The Revolution remain at home next weekend, when they take on the San Jose Earthquakes (6:30 p.m. ET; ESPN2 tape delay) in the second half of a doubleheader with the USA-El Salvador World Cup qualifier at Gillette Stadium. D.C. United remains on the road for another vital Eastern Conference battle, heading to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Fire (8:30 p.m. ET).
MLSnet.com Man of the Match: Taylor Twellman (New England Revolution)
D.C. United (6-8-9) vs. New England Revolution (5-9-9)
August 28, 2004 -- Gillette Stadium
D.C. United -- Troy Perkins, Brandon Prideaux, Mike Petke (David Stokes 83), Bryan Namoff, Earnie Stewart, Christian Gomez (Brian Carroll 62), Joshua Gros, Ben Olsen, Dema Kovalenko, Freddy Adu (Nana Kuffour 89), Jaime Moreno.
Substitutes Not Used: Nick Rimando, Jason Thompson.
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Freddy Adu 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (3 tied with 2); FOULS: 16 (Freddy Adu 4, Ben Olsen 4); OFFSIDES: 5 (5 tied with 1); CORNER KICKS: 6 (Freddy Adu 4); SAVES: 2 (Troy Perkins 2)
New England Revolution -- Matt Reis, Rusty Pierce, Steve Howey (Avery John 46), Marshall Leonard, Steve Ralston, Richie Baker (Andy Dorman 72), Jose Cancela (Brian Kamler 46), Shalrie Joseph, Pat Noonan, Clint Dempsey, Taylor Twellman.
Substitutes Not Used: Perek Belleh, Felix Brillant, Jay Heaps, Bobby Thompson, Luke Vercollone, Doug Warren.
TOTAL SHOTS: 6 (Taylor Twellman 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Marshall Leonard 1, Pat Noonan 1); FOULS: 9 (Richie Baker 2); OFFSIDES: 1 (Richie Baker 1); CORNER KICKS: 8 (Jose Cancela 4); SAVES: 7 (Matt Reis 7)
Misconduct Summary: DC -- Joshua Gros (caution; Reckless Foul) 35
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Referee's Assistants: George Gansner; Richard Eddy
4th Official: Niko Bratsis
Time of Game: 1:50
All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial