|Fans gave Ousmane Dabo a warm reception and he returned it in kind. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)|
Dabo tired, but energized
Midfielder sees plenty of potential
FOXBOROUGH — Ousmane Dabo made his MLS debut for the Revolution last night, playing his first league game since performing for SS Lazio in Italy’s Serie A last year.
“I was very tired at the end, because it’s been a long time since I played,’’ Dabo said after the Revolution and Colorado played to a 0-0 tie. “I need game fitness. I need to keep working because I’m not on the top of my fitness.’’
Dabo’s composure in the midfield contributed to an improved possession game.
“We have to do it more, I think we did better than last week,’’ Dabo said of the Revolution’s 3-0 loss to Chivas USA. “We kept the ball more. It’s very important because I think we have good players and we can play better. They didn’t get any chances, maybe one — so, defensively we were good.
“If we keep the ball, the defenders can rest a bit more and it’s better for the team and I think we’ll do better in the future because we’ll know each other better. Last week, it was a game you go and don’t play well — it can happen in the season. [Last night], we were well focused, we knew what to do, and we were all together, so it was easy.’’
Quality save Colorado defender Tyrone Marshall made a sliding stop on a Sainey Nyassi cross in the third minute of added time, preventing a potential Rajko Lekic shot into an open net.
“I thought he was offside, but you just have to keep going on the play,’’ Marshall said. “The only angle [Nyassi] had was to try and put it across the near post. I had to kind of slide across and block anything from going across. I knew he was going to put it low. You have to put your body on the line to make sure nothing goes across and, fortunately, [goalkeeper] Matt [Pickens] was able to come back and get the ball.’’
Marshall was a starting defender for the Los Angeles Galaxy in two MLS Cup victories over the Revolution, in 2002 at Gillette Stadium and 2005 at Pizza Hut Park.
“It’s been a good place for me, going back to when we won MLS Cup,’’ Marshall said of Gillette. “It’s a good place to play. New England always gives us a good fight, it always goes down to the last minute, crunch time. It’s always good to come back and play against New England.
“It’s all about hard work and doing your job and at the end of the day you’ll get the bounce.’’
Zero hour The Revolution have been shut out four times this season. This was the first time they blanked an opponent. “We’re pretty happy with it but we’d like to get the result,’’ defender Ryan Cochrane said. “I think we looked good possession-wise, especially in the first half. It’s a step forward for us but if you don’t get the result it really doesn’t matter. But it’s a step forward for us after what happened in LA.’’ . . . Midfielder Zak Boggs (illness), left back Didier Domi (quadriceps), and midfielder Marko Perovic (knee) missed the game. Boggs was a late scratch after being listed in the starting lineup.
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