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Live Commentary: New England Revolution at Portland Timbers

Posted by Julian Cardillo  May 2, 2013 09:57 PM

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FINAL: Revolution 0, Portland 0

Outlook

New England: The Revs will be exceedingly happy for getting a positive result at a very difficult away venue, even if it was a 0-0 result. Jay Heaps must be really happy to know that no matter who he plugs in on defense, they will perform. Darrius Barnes and Bilal Duckett were solid at the back filling in for their injured and suspended teammates. This was an important result for the Revolution, who can go back to Foxborough and try to extend their unbeaten streak to three games against Real Salt Lake on Wednesday...Portland: It's two points lost for the Timbers, who entered the game with one of the league's best offensive records having not yet been shutout this season. Donovan Ricketts kept them in the game with some key saves against the run of play. And though they've extended their unbeaten streak to seven games, Caleb Porter will be very unhappy that his team was unable to secure a victory.

Second Half

90th minute- 0-0 is the final. Both teams trading blows in the last 15 minutes, but this one was meant to end all square.

76th minute- Is there a goal in this game?

67th minute- Revs trying to refind their attacking legs, as Heaps brings Saer Sene on for Diego Fagundez.

63rd minute- Portland certainly the more attacking team, Piquionne comes on for Ryan Johnson.

57th minute- Timbers' Mikael Silvestre gets injured. He looks like he'll come out.

52nd minute- Bobby Shuttleworth with a big time saves on Ryan Johnson. Oof, that was close.

46th minute- Scott Caldwell comes on for Kalifa Cisse; it's the Revs' and the game's first substitution

First Half

45th minute- Great first half by the Revs. They really frustrated Portland. But they need to attack and get forward or expect Portland to pressure them like there is no tomorrow in the second half.

40th minute- Portland have had the better of the chances and possession in the last few minutes, but the Revs' backline has stayed strong.

33rd minute- Revs and Portland trade punches. No team is really better than the other thus far.

25th minute- Revs have looked pretty positive so far. They have had less shots than Portland, but they've managed the crowd and have done pretty well in midfield.

15th minute- Timbers nearly score as Valeri springs Nagbe. Big save by Shuttleworth, who gets it away.

10th minute- Revs going toe-to-toe with Portland. If they keep this up, they may be able to get something out of this match.

4th minute- Revs have looked pretty positive so far, but Portland have looked a little bit more decisive with their passes. Both teams obviously feeling each other out.

1st minute- And we're off!

Lineups

New England (2-3-2, 8 points) 4-1-4-1...GK- B. Shuttleworth; D- D. Barnes, S. McCarthy, J. Goncalves, B. Duckett; M- K. Cisse, R. Guy, K. Rowe, L. Nguyen, D. Fagundez; F- J. Bengston

Portland (3-1-4, 13 points) 4-5-1...GK- D. Ricketts; D- M. Harrington, M. Silvestre, M. Danso, J. Jewsbury; M-D. Chara, W. Johnson, R. Wallace, D. Valeri, D. Nagbe; F- R. Johnson

Keys to the Game

New England: Maintain defensive shape with newcomers Darrius Barnes and Bilal Duckett. Control the midfield and pressure the Portland defense, which has so far been very weak this season...Portland: Use tight marking to prevent the Revolution from going forward. Attack the flanks, be relentless on the attack.

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About Corner Kicks: Julian Cardillo offers insight and analysis about the New England Revolution as well as European and international soccer.

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