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Revs lose game and Twellman
FOXBORO, MA. (5/29/04)- The New England Revolution (1-4-3) lost 1-0 to D.C. United (3-4-3) thanks to a 5th minute own goal, but probably more importantly lost Taylor Twellman, the team’s leading goal scorer the past two years, to a hamstring injury in the 69th minute. A crowd of 19,314 showed up to see Freddy Adu’s Gillette Stadium debut and it sometimes seemed to be a pro-D.C. United crowd as fans often booed when Adu was knocked down and no foul was given.

D.C. took the lead in the 5th minute, when Marshall Leonard tried to head away a high pass, but only hit it as far as Earnie Stewart. After losing his footing from the header, Leonard was unable to challenge Stewart as he ran to the right side of the box and sent a low cross in towards Ronald Cerritos. Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis seemed to be in position to easily get the cross, but Brian Kamler thought he would take the safe route by kicking it out of bounds. Instead, the cross deflected off Kamler and went past Reis into the net.

Taylor Twellman had a chance to equalize for the Revs less than 3 minutes later, when he played a give-and-go with Pat Noonan and ended up at the edge of the box. Twellman, being closed quickly by three defenders, sent a hard low shot that went just wide to the right of the goal. Twellman had trouble creating chances as he was surrounded by defenders the whole game. His partner up top, Pat Noonan, went back too far, too often and didn’t draw defenders away from Twellman.

Freddy Adu used his skills in the 18th minute to get by Revolution defender Jay Heaps and to the left edge of the 6-yard box before taking a shot from a poor angle. Matt Reis was able to save Adu’s shot without much trouble. Reis, who earned the starting spot in goal for the Revolution after playing two great games while Adin Brown was injured, played very well again and probably played well enough to keep the starting spot for Wednesday’s game.

Freddy Adu was able to get by Heaps again ten minutes later, but couldn’t get past Brian Kamler and was forced to shoot from a poor angle. This time Adu’s shot went well wide of the net.

In the 36th minute, D.C.’s Brian Carroll pushed over Clint Dempsey at midfield. Carroll's two handed push happened right in front of referee Kevin Terry, but the blatant foul was not called. Carroll, who had received a yellow card four minutes earlier for taking down Shalrie Joseph, should have received his second yellow for the foul, which would have meant an automatic ejection from the match.

Clint Dempsey sent a shot just wide of the goal from just outside the box in the 43rd minute, after creating the chance by pressuring D.C.’s defense into creating a turnover.

A minute later, the Revs had another good chance to equalize when Pat Noonan headed a Joey Franchino cross towards goal. Noonan’s header was just a little too far ahead of Twellman for him to reach, and it went just wide of the goal and out of play for a goal kick.

D.C. had the last chance of the first half seconds before half time, when Ronald Cerritos received a deflected pass at the edge of the box and sent a shot destined for the top left corner of the goal. Reis, however, was up to the challenge and made the save.

The Revs brought on Felix Brillant for Jose Cancela at half time and Brillant used his blazing speed to create chances for the Revs throughout the second half.

Referee Kevin Terry awarded the Revs a penalty kick in the 51st minute after Steve Ralston was taken down by second half substitute David Stokes. Twellman took the penalty kick and sent it towards the lower right corner of the net, but saw it bounce off the post and out of play. D.C. goalie Troy Perkins guessed correctly and may have gotten a hand on the shot before it hit the post.

Twellman went down with a hamstring injury after chasing a loose ball just outside the box in the 69th minute. Twellman crawled off the field and was attended to by the Revolution medical staff before leaving the field on a stretcher. Andy Dorman replaced Twellman for the rest of the match and Dempsey moved to forward as Dorman took his placer in the midfield. Twellman may have torn his hamstring or it could just be a strain. More information on Twellman’s injury should be known within the next couple of days. The Revs injured list grows again as Twellman is added to the list of regular starters Carlos Llamosa (left knee sprain), Rusty Pierce (right quadriceps contusion) and Joe-Max Moore (right knee sprain). With forwards Moore and Twellman out, the Revs are left without a proven goal scorer to partner up front with Pat Noonan.

Felix Brillant earned the Revs a dangerous free kick in the 74th minute, when he was taken down by Joshua Gros. The ensuing free kick found Shalrie Joseph unmarked in the penalty area, but he was unable to direct his header on target and saw his shot go wide of the net.

The Revs had one last chance in the 88th minute as Clint Dempsey got the ball from a Noonan header and got into the box. Dempsey’s shot went went just wide of the goal as it hit the side netting.

“I hope the whole squad goes home and looks in the mirror and asks themselves some questions,” said head coach Steve Nicol after the game. “Did they do enough?”

The Revs next face Kansas City (3-3-2) on Wednesday at 8:30PM Eastern Time. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Net New England.
May 31, 2004 Sean Donahue


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