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Revolution and Vancouver Whitecaps settle for scoreless draw

Kelyn Rowe takes a corner
Kelyn Rowe takes a corner
New England Revolution

Saturday afternoon, the New England Revolution kicked off its home season by settling for a scoreless draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps for a crowd of 13,103 fans at Gillette Stadium.

The draw extended the Revolution’s unbeaten streak in home openers to eight matches (6-0-2) since 2007.

New England (0-2-1, 1 pt.) earned its first point of the season, but has yet to score a goal. Vancouver (1-0-2, 5 pts.) is unbeaten in its first three games of 2014.

"I think we all worked hard (for the shutout)," said Diego Fagundez. "We knew they’re good players and we knew that we had to stop them. Our back four did an awesome job stopping them and Bobby (Shuttleworth) in goal, good saves. So overall, I think we all defended hard and that’s what we wanted. If we can’t get that goal we know we have to make sure that they don’t score."

The Revolution showed improved form over their first two dismal matches of the season and some of the flair from last season was on display.

There were several changes in Saturday's lineup with Jose Goncalves replacing Darrius Barnes as centerback, Andrew Farrell starting at his natural right back position, Saer Sene bumping Donnie Smith in the midfield, and Kelyn Rowe returning from injury to replace Scott Caldwell. Sene made his first start since Oct. 12, 2013, when he suffered a broken leg and dislocated ankle in a 1-0 win over Montreal at Stade Saputo.

The Revolution made numerous attempts on goal, but none really threatened Vancouver keeper David Ousted.

Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth got his third consecutive start and recorded his 14th of his career shutout.

"We had 17, 18 chances created, I thought we had a good time trying to get there, but sometimes the goalkeeper I thought made two really good saves," said head coach Jay Heaps. "But in the end, I was happy with how we played defensively, but we have to be better offensively."

Next up

The Revolution returns to action next Saturday, March 29, when the team travels to San Jose to face the Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. Kickoff is set for 10:30 p.m., with the game set to be televised by Comcast SportsNet.

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New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell, Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen (Dimitry Imbongo 81), Andy Dorman, Kelyn Rowe (Scott Caldwell 89), Saer Sene (Daigo Kobayashi 58), Teal Bunbury

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Jerry Bengtson, Stephen McCarthy, Darrius Barnes

STATS: Shots 17, Shots on Target 3, Corner Kicks 9, Saves 2, Fouls 13, Offsides 0, Passes 70.6% (309), Possession 48.0%

Vancouver Whitecaps FC: David Ousted, Jordan Harvey, Johnny Leveron, Andy O’Brien, Steven Beitashour, Sebastian Fernandez (Pedro Morales 46), Nigel Reo-Coker (Gershon Koffie 70), Kenny Miller ©, Matías Laba, Russell Teibert (Kekuta Manneh 67), Darren Mattocks

Substitutes Not Used: Paolo Tornaghi, Erik Hurtado, Nicolas Mezquida, Christian Dean

STATS: Shots 8, Shots on Target 2, Corner Kicks 5, Saves 3, Fouls 13, Offsides 3, Passes 70.5% (342), Possession 52.0%

Misconduct Summary:
VAN – Nigel Reo-Coker (caution) 7
NE – Andy Dorman (caution) 38
VAN – Jordan Harvey (caution) 83
VAN – Matías Laba (caution) 88

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Assistant Referees: Paul Scott, CJ Morgante
Fourth Official: Robert Sibiga