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Revs unbeaten streak ends at 7
FOXBORO, MA. – A 16 to 8 advantage in shots was not enough for the New England Revolution (5-9-8) to get anything out of a vital match against the Kansas City Wizards (10-7-5). An early Taylor Twellman goal was not a sufficient lead for the Revs as their record when scoring the first goal (4-2-5) is now the worst in the league. Poor finishing and poor organization that seemed to be getting better during the Revs’ recent run could once again be blamed for the Revs loss. The Revs got what should’ve been good news before the match when they found out Tony Meola, who currently has the best goals against average in the league, had injured his right Achilles in a pre-game jog. Meola’s back-up Bo Oshoniyi, however, played so well he earned Man of the Match honors.

Revs goalie Matt Reis could’ve easily had two assists on the night, the first opportunity coming when he threw the ball to Richie Baker, who ran unmarked down the right flank before chipping the ball over Oshoniyi. Nick Garcia managed to get back and clear the ball preventing Baker from his first goal of the season and what could’ve been Reis’s first career assist.

The Revs were lucky to get away without a penalty called against them in the 11th minute, when Marshall Leonard took down Davy Arnaud on what seemed like a late tackle in the box. Referee Ricardo Venezuela refused to call a penalty despite many protests from Kansas City.

Seconds later the Revs took the lead when Baker sent a cross into the box to Pat Noonan. Noonan had trouble controlling the ball, but it fell to Taylor Twellman who sent a left footed shot to Oshoniyi’s right.

Pat Noonan almost doubled the lead for the Revs in the 33rd minute, when he received a through ball from Shalrie Joseph and got through the Wizards defense. His shot, however, was wide of the net.

The Wizards tied the match in the 39th minute, when an Igor Simutenkov shot was saved by Matt Reis, but the rebound fell right to Josh Wolff. Wolff hammered home the shot from close range.

Oshoniyi came up huge in the 52nd minute, when he denied a Jose Cancela free kick. Cancela’s shot curved around the wall and was headed for the left side of the net, but Oshoniyi got a hand to it.

The Revs would outshoot Kansas City 9 to 2 in the second half, but it didn’t matter as Kansas City would have the advantage on the score board taking the lead in the 66th minute. Avery John had a poor giveaway after a long stretch of good Revolution possession that sparked a counter attack. Josh Wolff ran down the center of the field before sending a pass to second half substitute Jack Jewsbury. Jewsbury crossed the ball into the box for a streaking Davy Arnaud who slammed it into the back of the net. “We lose the second goal from a real simple, fundamental thing that I must have said 4,000 times this season, which is to roll the ball wide,” Revolution Head Coach Steve Nicol said after the match. “We lose the second goal when we roll it right up the middle of the field. That's annoying."

Steve Ralston sprung Taylor Twellman on a break-away in the 75th minute with a perfect through ball, but Twellman sent a close range shot right at Bo Oshoniyi.

‘Keeper Matt Reis had his second chance of the match for an assist in the 90th minute, when he sent a free kick from about 80 yards out into the box, where Noonan got free and headed it low to Oshoniyi’s left. Oshoniyi, however made a great diving save to preserve the win.

Steve Nicol was not pleased with the result. "Did we make chances? Yes we did. Other than the chances? No,” said Nicol on whether the Revs deserved a better result. “We didn't have enough leaders out there on the field tonight. We were disorganized. We didn't look as though we were really dying for it. We weren't using our brains. We do certain things and talk about doing certain things in the game and we completely don't do it.”

The Revs next face D.C. United as Freddy Adu comes to town for the second and final time of the regular season. The match can be seen live on ESPN2 at 4:00PM. A win would tie the Revs with D.C. for third.
August 21, 2004 Sean Donahue



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Scores
Sat., Apr. 14th
6:00PM ET
Salt Lake 0
Columbus 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
7:30PM ET
New England 0
Toronto 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
7:30PM ET
DC United 0
Kansas City Wizards 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
8:30PM ET
Houston 0
Chivas USA 0

Sat., Apr. 15th
3:00PM ET
New York 0
Dallas 0

Sun., Apr. 15th
8:00PM ET
Colorado 0
Chicago 0

Standings
East
Team Name Pts
Chicago 3
Columbus 1
New York 1
DC United 0
Kansas City 0
New England 0
Toronto 0

West
Team Name Pts
Dallas 4
Chivas USA 3
Colorado 3
Houston 1
Los Angeles 1
Salt Lake 1

Top Ten Scorers
Top 10 Scorers
Player Name Gls
Ruiz 2
Cooper 2
Cunningham 2
Kljestan 1
Brown 1
Emilio 1
H. Gomez 1
Findley 1
Razov 1
Pause 1