The New England Revolution suffered its seventh straight loss when FC Dallas shut out New England 2-0 on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas for a crowd of 15,551. Andres Escobar scored the game winner in the 29th minute and Tesho Akindele, assisted by Victor Ulloa, tallied the second goal in stoppage.
The seven-straight game losing record marks the club’s longest losing streak since 1998. Dallas out-shot the Revolution 24-9 overall and goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth was forced to make seven saves.
With the loss, New England (7-10-2, 23 pts.) slipped to fifth in the Eastern Conference and 12th in 19-team MLS. Dallas (8-7-5, 29 pts.) rose to second in the West and fourth overall.
"The last seven games have been absolutely gut wrenching, with highs and lows in this big low," said Revolution head coach Jay Heaps. "Tonight's effort, you just felt from the beginning we were going to be good enough to get something from this game, but we didn't and that's the way it goes."
Insiders blame the teams' poor record on the Revolution's refusal to spend money on players with sufficent quality to compete in the improving MLS.
Heaps switched from the 4-4-2 formation he used at Wednesday's devastating 5-1 loss to the LA Galaxy to the team’s typical 4-1-4-1. In the starting line-up, Charlie Davies replaced Patrick Mullins at forward, making his first MLS start since Oct. 19, 2011 when he was with D.C. United.
Daigo Kobayashi started for Kelyn Rowe in the central midfield and Steve Neumann made his first-ever MLS start, replacing Diego Fagundez on the left wing. Fagundez later came on as a second-half sub. Stephen McCarthy made his first start this season when he replaced injured Jose Goncalves at center back.
The Revolution next host the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, July 26, on Andrew Farrell bobblehead night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., and the match will be televised on Comcast SportsNet.
FCD – Andres Escobar (unassisted) 29
FCD – Tesho Akindele (Victor Ulloa) 91+
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney ©, Stephen McCarthy, Andrew Farrell, Darrius Barnes, Scott Caldwell, Steve Neumann, Lee Nguyen, Daigo Kobayashi (Diego Fagundez 70), Teal Bunbury (Kelyn Rowe 57), Charlie Davies (Patrick Mullins 57)
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Jose Goncalves, Jerry Bengtson, Kevin Alston
STATS: Shots 9, Shots on target 3, Saves 7, Corner kicks 2, Offsides 1, Fouls 6, Possession 55.5%, Passes 483 (85.1%)
FC Dallas: Raul Fernandez, Moises Hernandez, Matt Hedges, Stephen Keel, Zach Lloyd, Je-Vaugh Watson (Mauro Diaz 74), Adam Moffat, Victor Ulloa, Andres Escobar (Michel 87), Tesho Akindele, Blas Perez (Andrew Jacobson 91+)
Substitutes Not Used: Richard Sanchez, Peter Luccin, David Texeira, Walker Zimmerman
STATS: Shots 24, Shots on target 9, Saves 3, Corner kicks 9, Offsides 0, Fouls 9, Possession 44.5%, Passes 383 (79.6%)
NE – Chris Tierney (caution) 79
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistant Referees: Adam Garner (AR1), Mark Cahen (AR2)
Fourth Official: Younes Marrackchi