FOXBOROUGH — Through 17 games, the New England Revolution have shaped an identity: Defensively sound but offensively strapped.
They have not established a rhythm.
They slogged through March and April, scorched through mid-May and plateaued since then — now straddled in the mucky middle of the Eastern Conference standings.
On Saturday, New England reached the season’s midpoint, a home match against the weary San Jose Earthquakes.
“It was a very important game,” Revolution striker Saer Sene said. “Sometimes this is when we give points away. So this is a game we needed to win.”
They did, defeating San Jose, 2-0, at Gillette Stadium. It was characteristic because of offensive flashes without fruition and a shutout from goalie Bobby Shuttleworth — his eighth, tied for most in MLS. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.