D.C. United put forth their best defensive effort in quite some time and came out with a point in their 0-0 draw tonight against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The draw extends United’s club-record winless streak to twelve matches and keeps them cemented to the bottom of the Eastern Conference and Major League Soccer. The draw keeps the Revs on a six-game unbeaten run.
Once again the offensive output from United was less than stellar and only forced one save from Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth. United did have a couple of near misses including Perry Kitchen’s stoppage-time header from a corner kick that most assuredly would have given United the win.
Head coach Ben Olsen made a number of moves to his lineup that included Dwayne De Rosario seeing the bench for the second time in three matches. Ethan White also reclaimed a starting central defender position from Conor Shanosky who made his MLS debut last weekend in United’s 2-0 loss in Chicago. The subtle moves seemed to keep United locked into the testy affair and they stood toe-t0-toe with the surging Revolution. Bill Hamid made a great save on Juan Toja late in the first half to keep the match deadlocked and then made a pair of saves late in the game when the home side were pushing for the win.
United now has gone three calendar months without a win in league play and will next face fellow Eastern Conference doormats Toronto FC at RFK Stadium next Saturday evening at 7:00 pm. Before that match however United will face the Philadelphia Union in a fourth-round match up in the 100th edition of the U.S. Open Cup this Wednesday evening at the SoccerPlex in Germantown, MD. Carlos Ruiz and Chris Korb will both be serving a red-card suspension and will not be available for United.