It was the same issue, just a different day, for the New England Revolution, who conceded the opening goal for the seventh straight game and witnessed FC Dallas grab a 2-0 win on Saturday at FC Dallas Stadium.
Andres Escobar became the latest to victimize the Revolution early and scored his second goal of the season in the 29th minute. Tesho Akindele put the game away in the 90+2 minute with his second goal of the season. Goalkeeper Raul Fernandez was barely tested and collected his first clean sheet of the season.
The Revolution have now lost seven straight, the longest streak in MLS this season. The win extends Dallas' unbeaten streak to five (3-0-2).
What it means: After posting one of their worst all-around performances Wednesday, the Revolution cleaned up many of the mistakes that plagued them in Los Angeles. Early on, they looked comfortable, with the panicked play seen Wednesday nothing more than a fading memory. But it wasn't all butterflies and rainbows for the Revolution. A quick Dallas restart paved the way for Escobar to put it past Bobby Shuttleworth at the near post, while the Revolution offense struggled to file a reply. Simply put, the Revolution lacked the execution in the final third to test Fernandez, who needed just three easy saves to seal the victory for Dallas. About the only thing working in the Revolution's favor at the present moment is a home date against the floundering Crew (0-3-4 in the past seven) on Saturday.
Stat of the match: Steve Neumann fired the Revolution's first shot on goal in the 83rd minute, a surefire sign of his squad's struggles inside the final third.
Heaps rolls out revamped lineup: Three days after watching his side suffer a 5-1 loss in Los Angeles, Revolution coach Jay Heaps made a number of changes to the starting XI for Saturday's match. Among the most notable included the additions of Stephen McCarthy (center back), Steve Neumann (outside midfielder) and Charlie Davies (striker), all of whom earned their first starts of the season. Meanwhile, Scott Caldwell (defensive midfielder) saw his name penciled into the lineup for the first time since March 15.
On the flip side, hamstring tightness kept Jose Goncalves on the bench, while AJ Soares served his red card suspension. Patrick Mullins, Kelyn Rowe and Diego Fagundez were not listed on the injury report and were presumably dropped from the lineup following their unspectacular performances Wednesday.
Tierney serves as captain: With Goncalves unable to start, veteran left back Chris Tierney wore the armband against FC Dallas. It was the first time Tierney had served as captain since March 15 at Philadelphia.
Back to Foxborough: The Revolution will be back home on July 26, when they host old friend Michael Parkhurst and the Columbus Crew. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. The contest will be Parkhurst's first against the Revolution, who drafted him in the first round of the 2005 SuperDraft. The Providence, Rhode Island, native spent four years in New England (2005-08), where he won Rookie of the Year (2005) and Defender of the Year (2007) before departing for an opportunity abroad with Danish side Nordsjælland.