FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 1: Goalie Matt Reis #1 of New England Revolution punches the ball away from Sheanon Williams #25 of Philadelphia Union with help from Darrius Barnes #25 of New England Revolution during the first half at Gillette Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
The New England Revolution made history tonight as they extended their winless streak to 10 games, more than any other team in the club's history.
Playing host to the Philadelphia Union for the only time this season, coach Jay Heaps decided to shake up the lineup tonight in lieu of recent performances as well as various injuries and fatigue as they entered the second of their three game home-stand spanning just 8 days. Most notably, Heaps made two major changes on the backline by including Florian Lechner and Darrius Barnes in place of A.J. Soares and Chris Tierney, and also switched right-back Kevin Alston to the left-back position for the first time in Alston's professional career.
Although both teams had their share of chances, the game ended scoreless, bringing the Revolution's season record to 6-14-7. On top of that, the Revs' record in their last 10 games is a woeful 0-7-3. The Revs' first chance came in the 19th minute when Clyde Simms was played into the Union goal area by Fernando Cardenas, who then sent the ball across goal but neither Fagundez nor Jerry Bengtson were able to get behind it in time.
Matt Reis kept Philadelphia off the board on a few occasions in the first half, punching away a Gabriel Farfan cross in the 39th minute as well as saving a shot in the area from rookie Antoine Hoppenot in the 43rd. A minute later it was the woodwork that helped keep the Revs in it when Amobi Okugo's header from a corner kick was denied by the cross-bar.
The opening minutes of the second half played out much the same, with Reis making some clutch saves in the 46th, 51st, and 53rd minutes. With New England seemingly on their back heels for much of the second half, Heaps chose to replace Simms and Cardenas with Ryan Guy and Kelyn Rowe both before the final half hour.
More opportunities came and went for both sides as the second half played out, ultimately, to a 0-0 draw.
From here, the Revolution will hope that they can close out their home-stand on a high note with a win against the Columbus Crew on Wednesday night before they head into the final stretch of the season.