Revs insist draw with DC not a setback

Revs insist draw with DC not a setback
June 8, 2013, 11:00 pm
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BOSTON -- Based on the way Jay Heaps described D.C. United following Saturday night's scoreless draw at Gillette Stadium, you would have to think that the New England Revolution don't consider it a setback.

The Revs entered the game having won their previous three MLS matches, which included shutout wins over two of the league's best in Houston and the defending champion, Los Angeles. Their win over the Galaxy last weekend on national television came in the form of 5-0.

So remaining home and hosting the league's worst team -- according to the standings -- would have been a piece of cake, right?

Wrong. And the Revolution are adamant that D.C. United is much better than their 1-10-3 record shows.

"I do want to go back and look at the film on this one," said Heaps after the 0-0 draw. "It just, from the opening whistle, we all know that D.C. is a tough team. And I think tonight they really showed some grit. They didn't give us much at all. We tried to take a little bit, but Bill Hamid made a good couple saves.

"So, in the end, we're not thrilled. But at the same time, I think we were up against a hell of a team tonight."

The Revolution had their chances. Lee Nguyen and Saer Sene each sailed wide-open looks over the net early in the first half. And early in the second half, Diego Fagundez and Chris Tierney each came up shy of finishing golden opportunities that they each created for themselves.

"I know that our final pass was a little bit off," said Heaps. "Our spacing was a little bit too tight. And D.C., once we got into their final third, they were bending but not breaking. I think they did a nice job keeping us out of their half. They pressed high, and we did have some good sequences, but when we got in their final third, we had opportunities. They bent, but at the same time, there was never really anything where we were totally in. And when you give Bill Hamid the right cover like that, he's going to bail you out.

"I want to credit their guys," Heaps later said. "I think they did a nice job. I think that when we had our chances and had that final ball, it just wasn't there. And that's our fault. I don't think we made enough runs off the ball."

Tierney's chance in the 67th minute the buried the right post was one of the examples that Heaps used to signify what type of night it was for the Revs.

"That's the kind of sequence we're talking about, where there was a lot of guys in the box, and maybe too many guys," said Heaps. "I think there was nowhere to go, so he had to cut it back."

Tierney took the ball up the right wing, cut in with his left, but was forced to cut back to his right and let one rip with his right foot from the top-right corner of the box.

"It's definitely a collector's item when I get a shot off on the right," said Tierney afterwards. "But people start to overplay the left, so you've got to have a little something in the bag there."

New England hasn't allowed a goal in MLS play since May 11. And while the Revs leave Saturday's draw feeling proud of that stat, they also know that they left a few points on the table.

"First thing's first, if we don't give anything away, we're happy with that," said Tierney. "But at the end of the day, we wanted to win this one. And we're disappointed in taking one [point]."

Disappointment though, isn't a setback, according to the Revolution. Like Heaps, Tierney also praised how good D.C. United is, regardless of their record.

"D.C. is a good opponent," said Tierney. "You look at their players, and that's the same squad that almost made it to the MLS Cup last year. We were well aware of how good their team can be. We know as well as anyone how tough it can be when you're struggling like they are and how desperate they were going to be. So we knew and were prepared for the fact that it was going to be a difficult game. And it was."

Frustration, disappointment, but again, not a setback.

"Obviously we're disappointed," said Revs goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth. "We had the chances to get three. Credit to Bill [Hamid], I thought he played really well. Obviously disappointed, but we've got to keep moving on.

"Last year I think we're probably losing that game 1-nil," added Shuttleworth. "So, it's a stepping stone. I think it's a good thing that we're disappointed that we didn't get three points. That being said, we're at home, so, we need to maximize our points, and dropping points here is not what we want to do."

It's not what they wanted to do, for sure. They wanted to keep the win streak rolling, and didn't. But after the draw, New England's message was that it wasn't as much of a "layup" as the standings might have made it out to be.

"This is a good team, man," said Heaps. "I'm telling you, I'm telling you. I agree that there's stats and things like that, but that's a good team.

"Now am I saying that we're at home and we should have done better? Yes. But they played well tonight. I don't care what you say. You can put any stat up. When you go out on the field every week and play against opponents like we do, it's tough. And that's a good team. I don't care what you say."