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Revolution Notebook

Despite unbeaten status, they’re beating themselves up

By Frank Dell’Apa
Globe Staff / April 3, 2011

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FOXBOROUGH — Although the Revolution were upset about surrendering the lead in a 1-1 tie with Portland last night, the result means they have started the season with a three-match unbeaten streak for only the third time.

The Revolution extended their season-opening unbeaten streak past two games in 2005 (on their way to a 7-0-4 start) and 2009.

“We’re just disappointed all around,’’ Revolution coach Steve Nicol said. “There were very few good things about [last] night. I guess if you’re not on your game and you pick up points you should be happy but, obviously, we’re at home and you want 3 points.

“We had a couple chances where we might have won the game. But we were pretty flat most of the time. I don’t know what it was exactly, we had everybody in tune with what we had to do, but the bottom line is we didn’t pass the ball well. We didn’t pass the ball, at all, all night. When that happens you’re going to struggle and we did.’’

Joseph aims to stay Shalrie Joseph has been all business since the Revolution season started, scoring twice in the opening two games and providing a driving force in the team’s five-man midfield.

Joseph, who missed part of training camp because of personal reasons and an arrest for trespassing at the team hotel in Orlando, confirmed he is hoping to negotiate a new contract with the Revolution.

“I’m concentrating on playing soccer and, hopefully, we still can get it done,’’ Joseph said before the game.

“It’s a little frustrating not having a deal, knowing this could be my last year here. I’m just trying to prove I’m worth something to this organization.’’

Joseph, 32, has played 213 games for the Revolution, second to Jay Heaps (243) on the all-time list, and has scored 30 goals.

Joseph has displayed versatility in leading the team in scoring (2009 season) and also performing as a defender and midfielder. This season, Joseph has guided the team from a three-man central midfield slot, alongside Stephen McCarthy and Pat Phelan.

Message sent After McCarthy scored in the 22d minute, he was cautioned for pulling his shirt up to reveal a message to his grandfather, Joe Thalhoffer.

“I have a lot of family in Oregon and my grandpa said he was going to be watching, so I tried to give him a shout out,’’ McCarthy said. “I wanted to be in a good spot [for the shot], because I knew the ball was popping around. I thought maybe I should get to the top of the box and I got lucky.’’

Lekic signs on Striker Rajko Lekic has agreed to an MLS contract and will join the Revolution contingent on his receiving a work visa, according to a team source. Lekic has been performing for Silkeborg in Denmark . . . Kenny Mansally returned Friday after playing for Gambia in a 1-0 loss to Equatorial Guinea in Malabo Tuesday. The Revolution started in a 4-5-1 alignment, then Mansally replaced McCarthy in the 58th minute, the team’s only substitution of the game.

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