FOXBOROUGH, MASS. – Seattle Sounders FC (4-9-4, 16 points) played to a scoreless draw with the New England Revolution (7-4-7, 28 points) on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium. After earning four points over its two-match road trip in Colorado and New England, Brian Schmetzer’s side prepares to face Supporters’ Shield-leading Atlanta United FC next Sunday, July 15 at Mercedes Benz Stadium (11:00 a.m. PT / FOX, YouTube TV, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM).
In a match that featured just two combined shots on goal between both teams, Sounders FC was able to keep a New England squad that is 6-2-3 at home this season off the scoresheet despite being on the lower half of most of the stat sheet. The Rave Green saw its lone attempt on frame in the 73rd minute when Nicolás Lodeiro took an ambitious shot from just inside the center circle in an attempt to catch goalkeeper Matt Turner off his line, but the goalkeeper recovered well enough to reel in the long-distance shot.
Stefan Frei was forced to make just one save en route to his second shutout of the season. Sounders FC ranks fifth in MLS with just 22 goals allowed this season.
Following Saturday’s match, Brian Schmetzer’s side returns home for a week of training at Starfire Sports before traveling to face Atlanta United FC on Sunday, July 15 at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11:00 a.m. PT and is being broadcast nationally on free-to-air FOX for the second time this season. Regional TV coverage is available on YouTube TV, with 950 KJR AM and El Rey 1360 AM airing the match over the radio.
- Sounders FC is now 4-9-4 on the season, currently in 10th place in the Western Conference with 15 points.
- Seattle is 4-5-4 all-time against New England, including a 1-4-2 record at Gillette Stadium.
- Sounders FC concludes its two-match road trip by earning four of six points at Colorado and New England. The Rave Green prevailed 2-1 against the Rapids on Wednesday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
- Stefan Frei made one save en route to his second shutout of the season. Seattle ranks fifth in MLS with just 22 goals allowed this season.
- Clint Dempsey came off the bench to log 29 minutes on Saturday against his former club. Dempsey was drafted by New England out of Furman in 2004 and spent three seasons with the Revs, earning 2004 MLS Rookie of the Year honors with 25 goals in 71 appearances.
- Sounders FC has earned a result in four of its nine road matches this season, accumulating a 2-5-2 record away from Seattle.
Seattle Sounders FC 0 – New England Revolution 0
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Venue: Gillette Stadium
Referee: Nima Saghafi
Assistants: Jose Da Silva, Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho
Fourth Official: Silviu Petrescu
VAR: Alan Kelly
Weather: 63 degrees and clear
NE – Diego Fagundez (caution) 41’
SEA – Nicolás Lodeiro (caution) 42’
NE – Kelyn Rowe (caution) 81’
SEA – Jordy Delem (caution) 90’+3’
SEA – Nouhou (caution) 90’+4’
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei; Jordan McCrary, Kim Kee-hee, Chad Marshall, Nouhou; Cristian Roldan, Jordy Delem, Magnus Wolff Eikrem (Clint Dempsey 61’), Nicolás Lodeiro – captain, Victor Rodríguez (Lamar Neagle 90’+2’); Will Bruin (Alex Roldan 71’)
Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Waylon Francis, Tony Alfaro, Harry Shipp
Total shots: 6 (Nouhou, 2)
Shots on goal: 1 (Lodeiro, 1)
Fouls: 11 (Delem/McCrary, 3)
Offside: 1 (Dempsey, 1)
Corner-kicks: 1 (Lodeiro, 1)
Saves: 1 (Frei, 1)
New England Revolution – Matt Turner; Andrew Farrell, Antonio Mlinar Delamea, Jalil Anibaba, Claude Dielna – captain (Gabriel Somi HT); Luis Caicedo, Scott Caldwell (Juan Agudelo 56’), Kelyn Rowe, Diego Fagundez, Cristian Penilla; Teal Bunbury
Substitutes not used: Brad Knighton, Wilfried Zahibo, Zachary Herivaux, Krisztian Nemeth, Brandon Bye
Total shots: 9 (Rowe, 3)
Shots on goal: 1 (Caicedo, 1)
Fouls: 14 (Caicedo/Bunbury, 4)
Corner-kicks: 4 (Fagundez, 3)
Saves: 1 (Matt Turner, 1)