Special to CSNNE.com
FOXBORO -- The New England Revolution and Vancouver Whitecaps FC played to a 0-0 draw at Gillette Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The draw was New England’s (0-2-1, 1 pt.) first point of the season as the team played its home opener in front of 13,103 fans. The draw extended Vancouver’s (1-0-2, 5 pts.) unbeaten streak to three games to open the season.
Despite the 0-0 score line, New England pushed 17 shots toward goal – one off its season high – as the team finally had its first-choice attackers on the field at the same time. In the Revs’ first two matches, several players missed time because of injury, including central midfielders Lee Nguyen (groin) and Kelyn Rowe (hamstring), while Saer Sene worked his way back from late-season ankle surgery.
But tonight, all three players started – in addition to captain Jose Goncalves at center back after a one-game lay-off – and the Revs were buzzing from the start. With windy conditions and a brief shower at kickoff, the Revs had the first chance of the match inside five minutes, when Andy Dorman’s flashing header at the near post off Chris Tierney’s corner kick service forced a leaping save from Vancouver goalkeeper David Ousted.
Ousted came up big again on Saer Sene (20th minute) and Diego Fagundez (33rd minute) in the first half, and Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made a diving save on Kenny Miller in first-half stoppage time, keeping the score at 0-0 headed into the half.
In the second half, both teams came out and pushed the tempo, but neither team managed to break through. Fagundez, Rowe and Daigo Kobayashi all had chances go wide for New England, while Vancouver’s best chance came through Miller late in the half, but it was wide of Shuttleworth’s goal.
The draw extended the Revolution’s unbeaten streak in home openers to eight matches (6-0-2) since 2007.