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Revolution vs. FC Dallas 2013 Halftime Update: Deadlocked 0-0 After Boring Half

The Revolution escaped to their locker rooms still tied at 0-0 after the first half, but not for lack of chances for FC Dallas.


I could forgive you all if you fell asleep, unless you're an FC Dallas fan, in which case you're wondering what else you'll have to do to score a goal. The New England Revolution are playing an absolutely awful game of soccer, though it does appear that things aren't being helped by a pitch surface that is in desperate need of some new carpet.

The Revs had a couple of interesting sequences, but none of them resulted in actual shots until the 34th minute, when Diego Fagundez had a low shot on goal saved fairly easily by Raul Fernandez. Lee Nguyen almost found Jerry Bengtson four minutes later with a low cross from the right flank, capping off probably the best period of attacking play the Revs have had all game.

There was also a neat little passage of play involving Nguyen, Juan Toja, and Fagundez that featured some great skill and a couple of deliveries, but no one could get a shot off. In fact, that resulted in a chance for Dallas at the other end in the 12th minute, when Jose Goncalves gave the ball away to Kenny Cooper, and Cooper fed David Ferreira but the playmaker's shot was blocked.

Dallas' best chances of the half came in the 14th and the 40th. The first came when Cooper played a low cross into the area that found Jackson all by himself at the back post, but the midfielder missed the ball when he really should have put it away. The latter was a defensive lapse from the Revs, allowing Jair Benitez to loft a delivery into the box that Ferreira ran onto, but his quick effort from less than ten yards was saved well by Bobby Shuttleworth, who got big when needed.

New England has ceded 62.4% of the possession to Dallas, and are currently just 72.8% accurate with their passes. The Revs also had just the one shot, compared to Dallas' four.

Also of note: keep an eye on Jerry Bengtson and George John. Both players were warned early after an altercation, and if the Revs ever get the attack moving, the clashes between the two of them could get nasty.