June 4, 2011
By Phil Stephens, Dallas Soccer News Editor
MORE OF THE SAME
Revs fall to FC Dallas, 1-0
FRISCO, TXó The New England Revolution came to Pizza Hut Park as a team trying to turn the corner on the season. But the Revolution didnít come any closer to solving its problems in the muggy Texas heat Saturday night in a 1-0 loss to FC Dallas.
|Saturdayís clean sheet against the Revolution was FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartmanís MLS-record 100th shutout.
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Marvin Chavez scored the game-winner for Dallas in the 69th minute, turning the corner on the right side, advancing along the end line and drilling a shot to net at an extreme angle on the right side. Until then, it was a story of Dallas building frustration with plenty of shots at the goal, but no finishing. FCD finished with a whopping 16-3 edge in shots against the struggling New England attack.
For New England, it was the continuing story of this season--hard effort, but no results.
"Iím disappointed the way we lost, on that goal," New England coach Steve Nicol said. "We could have prevented it, we probably should have prevented it. Heís coming from an impossible angle, but overall Iím disappointed that we didnít keep the ball. If we keep turning the ball over, especially when we donít have any pressure, then youíre going to be in trouble. Weíre away from home, the home team is going to be coming at you, we canít give them the ball too easily."
Chavez turned down an invitation to play for Honduras in the Gold Cup to stick with his club team. He has been having a strong season, influencing games with his speed and tenacity, but it was his first goal of the year.
Shalrie Joseph got off New Englandís first solid shot in the 27th minute, taking a pass from Rajko Lekic and forcing Hartman to stop a low blast.
Saturdayís was a huge game for another player for the Red and White, goalie Kevin Hartman, who picked up his 100th MLS shutout, a league record.
Even Revs netminder Matt Reis, who kept New England in the match with six saves, including back-to-back stops on Fabian Castillo in the 65th minute, had a comment on Hartman.
"We played with each other and against each other quite a bit and Iíve probably been there for a good bit of them. Heís proven year after year and time after time that heís a great goalie and heís probably going to go down as the MLSí best goalkeeper
"Playing 300-something games and getting 100, a third of them, shutouts, is an amazing feat and it just goes to show what a true professional he is and how well heís been, even late in his career, is a testament to him and how hard he works."
Hartman didnít mind speaking about the milestone, but was pretty matter-of-fact about it.
ďIt really speaks to the longevity of my career,Ē the 37-year-old Hartman said. He holds about any goal-keeping record to speak of in the MLS.
ďIt speaks to the fact that Iíve had guys playing in front of me willing to play on both side of the ball. But I think more than anything, it talks about the fact that Iíve kind of fulfilled by childhood dream of playing professional soccer, you know. I really feel lucky and I never take anything for granted. Iím really humbled by it. Now Iím going to have to set new goals, and new achievements. But being recognized as the first person to get 100 shutouts is something Iíll hold dear to my heart. Iíll just continue to plug away and try to make that number bigger and bigger. I think the biggest thing for me, as long as Iím enjoying myself and having fun and having success, why change it, you know?Ē