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Revolution Notebook

Search continues to bolster the roster

By Frank Dell’Apa
Globe Staff / July 18, 2011

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FOXBOROUGH - Help could be on the way for the Revolution.

“We’ve made two offers over the weekend,’’ coach Steve Nicol said after a 3-0 loss to Philadelphia last night. “One we thought was done, then at the final hour we find out the player’s signed with someone else. That’s happened on two or three occasions already, we’ve made offers, they’ve agreed to it, and at the final minute they go somewhere else. So, we’re certainly trying.’’

The Revolution have lost four foreign players (Ousmane Dabo, Didier Domi, Marko Perovic, and Ilija Stolica) since the start of the season. Dabo, limited to three appearances because of injuries, is expected to announce his retirement this week.

Still skidding The Revolution, 0-6-3 since May 14, matched a team record nine-game winless streak. In 1997 and ’98, they compiled nine-game losing streaks (three matches ended in ties, but the Revolution lost in shootouts). In 2003, the team had a nine-game winless streak (0-5-4).

The Revolution had goal differentials of 6-22 in 1997 and 12-28 in ’98 during the losing streaks. They were outscored, 12-19, during the ’03 skein, rallying in the playoffs to reach the Eastern Conference final. They have a 7-15 differential on the current skein.

The result against the Union was the Revolution’s worst home defeat of the season.

“We were flat before the game, we were flat to start out the game,’’ goalkeeper Matt Reis said. “We never really got into the game. Towards the end, we were just pumping the ball up the field, and that’s not necessarily going to work. We’ve got to figure out something and soon.

“I think we definitely have the guys to do it, it’s just having everybody on the same page. Guys think we should be doing other stuff and guys think we should be doing this and that, and Stevie says, ‘We’re going to be doing this,’ then we all have to do it. And, we all have to believe in it and we’re not getting that.’’

Reaching his goal Philadelphia defender Sheanon Williams scored on a breakaway for his first MLS goal. “Definitely a dream come true,’’ he said. “Score in the 90th minute, home crowd, I couldn’t ask for anything more.’’ Williams grew up in Dorchester and played for the Greater Boston Bolts and Rivers School, and for the US Under 20 national team. He joined the Union after performing as a forward for the Harrisburg City Islanders in the USL. “I grew up here but I was really looking for any team to give me a chance,’’ Williams said. “I was here but couldn’t sign for [the Revolution] for MLS reasons. The coaching staff here in Philly has given me a great opportunity. It’s really great they had the belief in me to give me the starting job and I’m not looking back, I’m going to keep moving forward.’’ . . . Revolution supporters’ groups in The Fort section behind the North goal staged a protest during the game. The groups, dressed in black, failed to produce their usual chants, then walked out of the stadium in the 17th minute. The supporters were protesting the arrest and detention of members during the Revolution-Chicago game last month.

Frank Dell’Apa can be reached at f_dellapa@globe.com.

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