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New England Revolution 0 – 0 Seattle Sounders

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Huh.

I haven’t had any problem finding positives where Ross County F.C. are concerned, why am I having such a hard time when it comes to the Revolution?

The defense has been great- shutting out three of the first five clubs they’ve played.

Rookie Andrew Farrell has been great.  So has new signing Jose Goncalves.  I like what I’ve seen from second year player Kelyn Rowe.

They’ve managed five points from the first five matches.

And that’s all I’ve got.

Matt Reis’ knee woes appear to be chronic so I’ve seen a lot more of Bobby Shuttleworth than I would like.  He’s done fine, but I still close my eyes every time the opposing side puts a cross into the box.

Kevin Alston has leukemia.

Oh, and the Revs have one goal in their first five matches- one.  The real problem with that number is that it’s not like they’ve “just missed” getting a bunch of other goals.  Just in case you think that my only “evidence” is of the anecdotal nature, behold:

  • 1 goal (last)
  • 1 assist (tied for last)
  • 37 shots (last)
  • 10 shots on goal (last)
  • 16 corner kicks (last)
  • 10 offsides (last)
  • 5 points (third last)

(The totals are correct for all five matches, the rankings are from the first four matches.)

At some point, the Revolution’s opposition is going to realize that they really don’t have to play defense and that they can concentrate on attacking the Revolution’s half of the field.  If/when that happens even the best of defenses is going to start giving up goals and New England’s current “point a match” pace is going to evaporate.

Today against Seattle- the worst team in the league, with 2 points from 5 matches- New England’s passing accuracy was 65% and its possession was 31.5%.

Not good enough.

And the worst part of all of this?  It’s excruciating to watch this team play right now.  I wouldn’t mind watching a club with a strong defense that tries to poach a goal and win a lot of matches 1-0.  That’s fine.  No, this is what it’s like watching the Revs right now and I fear it’s going to end in the same way:

Exactly, not funny at all.

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This entry was posted on April 13, 2013 by in Major League Soccer, New England Revolution, Seattle Sounders, Statistics and tagged .
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