The coach may have changed, the talk prior to the match may have been more positive, but at the end of the day the team’s major deficiency reared it’s ugly head in their 1-0 loss to New England tonight at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Pat Phelan’s headed goal in the 43rd minute was all the home side needed as the frustration continued to mount on the evening for the Black-and-Red. United, not unlike their previous match against the Revolution (a 2-0 loss), had the lions share of possession but their futility in front of goal has haunted this team every step of the way. United suffered a team-record 13th shutout against tonight and they seem well on their way to shattering the league record of 15 shutouts set by the expansion Toronto FC in 2007.
United has 11 matches remaining to avoid that dubious record as well as two other significant marks of ineptitude. United has only 12 goals in 19 matches and they need to score 13 to equal the record of 25 set by Red Bull. United is also on course to not make the league record of 21 points for a season.
United striker Pablo Hernandez had a couple of chances including the game’s best chance in the second half when Branko Boskovic put him through in on Matt Reis. Hernanadez was under pressure from Cory Gibbs but was unable to slot the ball on either side of the onrushing Reis to keep the Revolution in the lead.
Stephen King and Adam Cristman both had good opportunities to level the match late on but in true 2010 fashion, United were not able to capitalize.