Frustration mounting for Revolution

Frustration mounting for Revolution
March 30, 2013, 7:45 pm
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The Revs are looking to get their second win of the season and their first since the season-opener.

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FOXBORO -- These are frustrating times for the New England Revolution, no doubt.

For the third straight game, the Revs were unable to score, in a 1-0 loss at home to FC Dallas on Saturday.

Blas Perez headed one past New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth in the 87th minute to take what looked like an inevitable point away from Jay Heaps' club.

While the late goal was somewhat devastating, the more painful part of being a Rev these days is leaving the stadium with a goose egg on the board.

New England hasn't scored since the season-opener, a 1-0 win in Chicago, thanks to Jerry Bengtson. It still stands as the team's only goal of the season. So while draws are nice -- like last weekend's scoreless tie to Sporting KC -- you can't pick up wins unless you start putting the ball in the net.

"It's disappointing," said Heaps after Saturday's loss to Dallas. "We work on those things. And you want to get yourself in a place to finish. I thought tonight we had chances to score. And we didn't."

For the Revs, the second half was a whole lot better than the first. New England had only one shot on goal in the first 45 minutes. But in the second half, they had four, and they were four good ones.

In the 58th minute, Bengtson nearly put the Revs up 1-0 after he headed a cross at the left post. The ball looked as if it was going to drop into the net over Dallas goalkeeper Raul Ferenndez' head, but Fernandez leaped up and tipped it over the crossbar and out of play.

Kevin Alston had the team's best scoring chance in a while, in the 69th minute, as he somehow took a loose ball out of a crowd and walked in all alone. Alston had to decide quickly where to go with it, and he shot it right at Fernandez.

"If you look at the second half, we had a couple legitimate, good chances at the goal," said Shuttleworth. "It was unfortunate that we didn't finish them. We have to take the positives away and try to build on that. We have to try to make this place very difficult for people to come in and play."

Right now, Gillette Stadium is a tough place for the Revs to score in. And in general, the Revs are having a tough time scoring anywhere.

"We wanted to be aggressive, and you saw what we were trying to do, in the second half," said Heaps. "Our first half was just not good enough, quite frankly. And I think that it exerted a lot of energy for us to even just stay in the game in the first half. And in the second half, when we needed to have a little bit more kick, a little bit more bite, we didn't have it."

The Revolution need more finish. And perhaps a better first 45 minutes would have created that "more balanced attack" that Heaps is looking for.

"It was a tough game for us," said Heaps. "Our second half was much better than our first half. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough.

"There wasn't enough movement. There wasn't enough playing the ball quickly, and a lot of what we work on all week just seemed to go away."