The New England Revolution will face off against the San Jose Earthquakes tonight at Gillette Stadium. The Quakes have had a fairly disappointing season to date, but they still have much of the talent that won them the Supporters' Shield in 2012. They have the capacity to break out at almost any moment.
New England has had very little luck against San Jose since the league's inception in 1996. They're just 11-20-5 against the Earthquakes (originally named the Clash in the league's early years), including a 6-10-2 home record. Last time the two teams met, the Quakes won 1-0 in the 2012 season opener in California.
One bonus for the Revolution will be the absence of star striker and reigning Golden Boot-winner Chris Wondolowski, who is with the United States National Team for the Gold Cup. Wondo has had an off year thus far, but his leadership and undeniable quality will still be missed by the Quakes' starting lineup.
REVOLUTION INJURY REPORT
OUT: Kevin Alston (Disabled list, Illness); Juan Agudelo (R Knee Sprain)
EARTHQUAKES INJURY REPORT
OUT: Nana Attakora (Concussion-related Symptoms); Mike Fucito (R Ankle Fracture); Ty Harden (R Hip Surgery); Steven Lenhart (Head contusion/laceration); Tommy Muller (Lower Back Spasms)
- Saturday marks the 37th all-time meeting between two of the original MLS teams San Jose leads the all-time, regular-season series between the two clubs, 20-11-5...since the Earthquakes returned to MLS in 2008 after a two-year hiatus (2006-07), the Revs are 3-5-1 against San Jose
- The Earthquakes are 4-0-1 in the team's last five meetings from 2010 to 2012
- The Revolution is 6-10-2 in home matches against San Jose, including a 2-6-2 mark at Gillette Stadium
- Saturday's match will be the first and only time the two teams will meet this season...last season the two teams played once in San Jose with the Earthquakes earning a 1-0 win in the season-opener
- In the 36 all-time meetings between the two clubs, San Jose has outscored New England, 66-44 ... there have been 13 shutouts recorded in the series, with seven posted by San Jose and six posted by the Revs
- The Revolution and Earthquakes have never met outside the MLS regular season
- Chad Barrett has scored four goals and recorded three assists in 12 appearances against San Jose in his time with Chicago, Toronto and LA
- Chris Tierney is the only other current Revs player who has scored a goal against San Jose...Tierney scored his second career goal - and first against San Jose - on May 21, 2010, at Buck Shaw Stadium with a late free kick goal
- Matt Reis is 3-5-2 in his Revolution career against San Jose with a 1.30 goals-against average and two shutouts...overall, he is 4-7-2 against the Earthquakes in his career
- Bobby Shuttleworth made one start against San Jose, taking the loss on Oct. 8, 2011, at Gillette Stadium in a 2-1 defeat...he made five saves in the loss
TV: CSN New England, 7:30 PM EDT
RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, 7:30 PM EDT