Revs searching for complete effort


Revs searching for complete effort

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."

Accam, Fire eliminate Revolution from playoff contention


Accam, Fire eliminate Revolution from playoff contention

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - David Accam scored in the 80th minute and the Chicago Fire eliminated the New England Revolution from playoff contention with a 2-1 victory Sunday.

Chicago (7-16-10), already out of the playoff race, won for the first time since Sept. 3. New England (10-14-9) lost for just the second time in its last six games.

Michael de Leeuw opened the scoring in the ninth minute for Chicago. Brandon Vincent rolled a cross into the area and an open De Leeuw redirected it home at the near post. Accam scored his ninth goal of the season when he raced to Jonathan Campbell through ball and finished on a one-on-one opportunity.

New England tied it in the 43rd minute on Diego Fagundez's shot from distance.

There were two red cards in the second half. Luis Solignac was given a straight red for Chicago in the 54th minute after tripping London Woodberry with his studs up. In the 73rd minute, New England goalkeeper Brad Knighton was sent off for taking down Accam in a goal scoring opportunity.

Kamara, Agudelo each have goal, assist; Revs top Sporting KC

Kamara, Agudelo each have goal, assist; Revs top Sporting KC

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Kei Kamara and Juan Agudelo each had a goal and an assist to help the New England Revolution beat Sporting Kansas City 3-1 on a rainy Saturday night.

New England (10-14-9) remained in seventh place in the Eastern Conference - two points back of sixth-place Montreal for the final playoff spot. Sporting KC (12-13-7) had its three-game undefeated streak snapped.

Kamara opened the scoring in the fourth minute. Agudelo drew three defenders near the left sideline and he found Kamara wide open in the middle for a breakaway goal. It was Kamara's 11th goal this season, but just his second at Gillette Stadium since being traded from the Columbus Crew in May.

New England took a 2-1 lead in the 75th minute on Kevin Ellis' own goal and Agudelo knocked home Kamara's cross 8 minutes later.

Dominic Dwyer tied it at 1 in the 49th minute for Kansas City when knocked in Ellis' glancing header with his knees.