On June 8, the New England Revolution reached a scoreless draw with D.C. United at Gillette Stadium for a crowd of 14,163.
The draw snapped the Revolution’s three-game winning streak, but extended the club’s unbeaten run to five games (3-0-2), while D.C. United’s notorious club-record winless run now reached 12 matches (0-9-3).
The New England Revolution, 5-4-5 (20 pts.), now stand sixth in the Eastern Conference and 11th overall. United, 1-10-3 (6 pts), hold last place in MLS.
Revolution lead MLS in shutouts
New England’s defense performed well and goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth needed to make just one save to get the shutout. Shuttleworth’s clean sheet was his seventh of the season, tying him for as MLS leader with Sporting KC’s Jimmy Nielsen. New England’s league-leading ninth clean sheet extended the Revolution’s shutout streak to 395 minutes, the longest in team history. The Revolution have now kept four straight clean sheets and haven’t conceded a goal since May 11.
“We let (the defense) down today,” said forward Juan Agudelo. “They did their job and did not let up any goals and every time it is like we are playing defense against our offense. If they are up here and we are up here, then we are winning like we did last week against the Galaxy. But today the defense was better than us. We need to be better and I feel like we need to apologize to our defense for working so hard.”
The Revolution made two attack-minded changes early in the second half, bringing on Kelyn Rowe and Chad Barrett, but without a change in the scoreline, despite good attempts from Diego Fagundez, Chris Tierney, Lee Nguyen and Rowe.
The Revolution next return to action in a fourth-round U.S. Open Cup meeting with the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, June 12, which the Revolution will host at Harvard University’s Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
“We take the Open Cup very seriously and I know there are a lot of guys in this locker room that want to do well in that tournament,” said Shuttleworth. “We have a lot of good depth so I think you’ll see on [Wednesday] that the guys are ready to play.”
New England return to league play next weekend when they visit Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place.
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D.C. United 0, New England Revolution 0
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves, Stephen McCarthy, Andrew Farrell, Saer Sene (Kelyn Rowe 54), Lee Nguyen, Scott Caldwell, Juan Toja (Chad Barrett 65), Diego Fagundez, Juan Agudelo
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Reis, Darrius Barnes, Kalifa Cisse, Andy Dorman, A.J. Soares
STATS: Shots 12, Shots on Target 4, Corner Kicks 5, Saves 1, Fouls 13, Offsides 2, Passes 399 (78.4%) Possession 50.8%
D.C. United: Bill Hamid, Chris Korb, Ethan White, Daniel Woolard, James Riley, Kyle Porter (Casey Townsend 82), Perry Kitchen, John Thorrington (Sainey Nyassi 70), Nick DeLeon, Chris Pontius, Carlos Ruiz (Dwayne De Rosario 75)
Substitutes Not Used: Joe Willis, Taylor Kemp, Brandon McDonald, Conor Shanosky
STATS: Shots 12, Shots on Target 1, Corner Kicks 9, Saves 4, Fouls 12, Offsides 1, Passes 387 (49.2%), Possession 49.2%
NE – Juan Toja (caution) 49
D.C. – Chris Korb (caution) 72
NE – Lee Nguyen (caution) 78
D.C. – Ethan White (caution) 85
Referee: Ted Unkel
Assistant Referees: Corey E. Rockwell (AR1), Craig Lowry (AR2)
Fourth Official: Ismail Elfath
Weather: 79 degrees and cloudy