3-6-3 in Foxborough this season -- once again failed to deliver at home, as Taylor Twellman's missed a clear header before striking another shot off the post in the dying minutes.
Steve Ralston returned to his right fullback position for New England but still managed to cause headaches for San Jose's backline. On the half-hour mark, the veteran shook his mark and sent in a cross to the far post that Twellman headed just above the crossbar.
Ten minutes later, Pat Noonan connected with another Ralston cross but his header also missed its intended target, passing just inches wide of the post.
San Jose finally broke the deadlock three minutes after halftime. Gaining possession of a loose ball on the right flank, Russell sent in a quick center to the far post, whence Brown headed home unchallenged for his second goal of the season.
The hosts controlled the rest of the match, but were unable to solve the Quakes' defense and netminder Jon Conway. San Jose's second-string 'keeper made the save of the night in the 69th, blocking a close-range Brian Kamler shot with his legs after falling across the goal line.
Twellman had another chance to pull even with nine minutes remaining, but his redirection of a Richie Baker pass struck Conway's left post, and a relieved San Jose side returned home with the three points.
San Jose is back in action on Wednesday, hosting Columbus (10:30 p.m. ET) at Spartan Stadium. The Revolution will try to turn their luck around on Saturday, Sept. 11, against the MetroStars (6 p.m. ET, HDNet) at Giants Stadium.
MLSnet.com Man of the Match: Jon Conway (San Jose Earthquakes)
San Jose Earthquakes (9-7-7) vs. New England Revolution (5-10-9)
September 04, 2004 -- Gillette Stadium
SJ -- Chris Brown 2 (Ian Russell 1) 48
San Jose Earthquakes -- Jon Conway, Jeff Agoos, Troy Dayak, Craig Waibel, Todd Dunivant, Ronnie Ekelund, Brian Mullan, Richard Mulrooney, Ian Russell (Jamil Walker 67), Ramiro Corrales, Chris Brown (Wes Hart 71).
Substitutes Not Used: Steve Cronin, Tighe Dombrowski, Eddie Robinson.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Chris Brown 3, Brian Mullan 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Brian Mullan 3); FOULS: 14 (Troy Dayak 4); OFFSIDES: 5 (Chris Brown 2, Jamil Walker 2); CORNER KICKS: 3 (Jeff Agoos 3); SAVES: 6 (Jon Conway 6)
New England Revolution -- Matt Reis, Rusty Pierce, Steve Howey (Richie Baker 72), Avery John, Marshall Leonard, Steve Ralston, Clint Dempsey (Andy Dorman 61), Shalrie Joseph, Brian Kamler (Felix Brillant 82), Pat Noonan, Taylor Twellman.
Substitutes Not Used: Perek Belleh, Jose Cancela, Jay Heaps, Bobby Thompson, Luke Vercollone, Doug Warren.
TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Taylor Twellman 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Clint Dempsey 3); FOULS: 12 (Steve Ralston 3); OFFSIDES: 3 (Pat Noonan 3); CORNER KICKS: 7 (Steve Ralston 6); SAVES: 3 (Matt Reis 3)
NE -- Marshall Leonard (caution; Reckless Foul) 41
SJ -- Troy Dayak (caution; Reckless Foul) 57
Referee: Michael Kennedy
Referee's Assistants: -Robert Fereday; Kermit Quisenberry
4th Official: Andrew Chapin
Time of Game: 1:48
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial.