Revs searching for complete effort

Revs searching for complete effort
September 2, 2012, 2:39 am
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FOXBORO -- The New England Revolution are happy with a shutout. But unless they combine that with some offense, the Revs aren't going to be snapping their 10-game winless skid anytime soon.

"Goalkeeper Matt Reis had a good game," said Revolution coach Jay Heaps afterwards. "Unfortunately, I don't think we created enough chances to win the game. But, on a positive note, we still got the shutout."

Saturday night's scoreless draw to the Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium was just another example of a "missing element" that's led New England to an 0-7-3 record in the last 10 matches, with its last win coming back on July 8.

In their latest draw, goalkeeping was the only element that wasn't missing, as Reis made seven saves in the shutout.

"He was our best player," said Heaps. "He made good saves. He came out for crosses and made some plays. It wasn't an easy night for him, and he did well."

"Matt bailed us out," said Revolution defender Darrius Barnes. "He's been bailing us out all year. He's come up with big saves, and that's what we expect from our veteran keeper."

But offense was lacking on Saturday night, as the Revs had only three shots on goal.

And it won't get any easier, offensively, for New England. It was announced before the game that the team's leading goal scorer -- Saer Sene -- would miss the rest of the season with a torn left ACL.

"Guys have to step up up," said Heaps. "This is a good opportunity for players.

"It's a tough blow, because it's an 11-goal season for him. It's an opportunity for others to step up, but it certainly is tough."

As for who steps up in Sene's absence, remains to be seen. But that someone will need to step up soon, and it will have to come without any other missing elements.

"This is hard," said Barnes. "We've got to piece together our defensive effort -- that we had tonight -- with our offensive effort we had for the past couple games. Hopefully we can try to put that together on Wednesday. I think Wednesday's definitely a must-win for us. We keep saying that, but we definitely have to try to get three points by whatever means necessary to go out there and take it. Whether it's pretty or ugly, we've got to try to get the ball in the back of the net and try to keep a clean sheet like we did tonight."