Revolution Embarrassed by FC Dallas
The New England Revolution were hoping that the Fourth of July would be one of celebration this year. After all, the Revs got their name from the war that won the United States’ independence. That hope was quickly dashed as FC Dallas had their way with New England, winning 3-0 on a warm Texas night.
Mauro Diaz opened the scoring in the 9th minute, scoring from a free kick on the edge of the box. It was not a particularly well-hit ball, and only scored because the entire Revolution defensive wall jumped to block it, and the ball snuck under them as they elevated. It was truly an embarrassing display of set piece defense.
The lone first-half chance for the Revs came in the 12th minute when Lee Nguyen capped off a one-two with a long-range shot that tested Dallas keeper Dan Kennedy. That was the best that the Revs could do, as Dallas dominated possession for the entire first half.
New England shot themselves in the foot in the 64th minute when Jose Gonçalves made a sloppy pass out of the back that was quickly intercepted by Mauro Diaz. Diaz carried the ball deeper and played a quick, low cross to Fabian Castillo. New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made a stellar save on Castillo’s one-time shot. But Shuttleworth’s efforts were for naught, as Jeremy Hall clumsily let the rebound from the save hit his leg, and Castillo finished with no mistake to make the score 2-0.
Not ten minutes later, in the 73rd, Diaz and and Michael Barrios cut through the Revolution defense for goal number three. Barrios received an excellent through ball from Diaz and chipped a goal over the sliding goalkeeper. The score would remain 3-0 for the rest of the match. The weakness in the back four was evident, and it was obvious that the Revs were missing center back Andrew Farrell, who was serving a one-game red card ban.
It was truly a worst-case scenario for the Revs, as they have now lost four games in a row. As they’ve entered their habitual midyear slump, the New England Revolution hope to snap out of their funk when they visit the New York Red Bulls on July 11.