The snow abated, the sun shone through, and a crowd of 14,189 found an unexpectedly temperate day in Foxboro, but the New England Revolution still couldn't find a win over the Montreal Impact at Gillette Stadium. The draw brings the Revs to a 0-2-1 record with one solitary point.
New England's sputtering attack was once again the culprit as they won the shots battle and were fairly accurate, but still could not beat Evan Bush and the Montreal defense. Even with the visitors down a man following Hassoun Camara's 61st-minute dismissal for a second yellow, the first goal of 2015 still proved to be out of reach.
"We're creating so many chances, it's just no one can finish one or no one has had the chance to just touch one," said Diego Fagundez.
The Revs' offense looked dangerous at times, but were missing the final ball or the finishing touch on every occasion. Bush made four saves, but only one seemed to give him any real trouble: a wild punch on a ripped, dipping, swerving effort from distance by Lee Nguyen in the 69th minute.
At the other end, New England was set to struggle with a separate crisis, with Jose Goncalves suspended and Kevin Alston out injured. To compensate, Darrius Barnes slid in at center-back and Jeremy Hall deputized at right back, a combination that helped result in a shutout.
"It was obviously a theme for us this week, when you lose two starting guys from your last game you need to make some adjustments," said Jay Heaps. "I really thought Darrius and Jeremy came in and did a great job. I don't think we were under as much pressure, but I think at the same time we dealt with the counter."
The overall tenor of the match was somewhat marred by an injury and a red card. CONCACAF Champions' League hero Cameron Porter left the match after just 20 minutes when he came down from contesting a header and bent his knee gruesomely in the wrong direction. In the 61st minute, Hassoun Camara pulled down Juan Agudelo with a professional foul and earned his second yellow card of the match, resulting in his marching orders.
Saturday's draw continues the Revolution tradition of starting slow under Jay Heaps. Since 2012, the Revs are 1-8-3 in their first three games of the season, with just one goal scored and 16 conceded. However, in 2013 they rebounded for their first postseason appearance since 2009, and last season they went all the way to MLS Cup.
"We don't want to be complacent, it's not fun to not score goals and not win games," said Andrew Farrell. "But I think we know that we can. You know, once we get that first one, I think then all of the next ones are going to come."
New England returns to action on Saturday at home against San Jose at 3 PM ET.