Reis makes 11 saves, Revolution tie Wizards 0-0.Reis makes 11 saves, Revolution tie Wizards 0-0.Reis makes 11 saves, Revolution and Wizards draw 0-0Jul 12, 2009 - 12:11 AM By BRIAN O'CONNELL STATS MLS Correspondent
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (STATS) - Matt Reis recorded a career-high 11 saves en route to his fourth shutout of the season as a lethargic New England Revolution drew the Kansas City Wizards 0-0 Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium.
Reis, who was at his best when near the hour mark of the match, kept the Wizards at bay and his club in the match with more than a few spectacular saves.
"He stood tall and stood big, and he did that all game," said Revolution manager Steve Nicol. "He made all the saves. He was big today."
And it was a good thing, because Reis' teammates were often overrun by a potent and precise Wizards attack which left the Revolution few chances to strike up an attack.
Despite their struggles, the Revolution (4-5-6) found a fortuitous opportunity in the very first minute when Kenny Mansally took a Kheli Dube pass and fired it on frame, forcing a diving save from Kevin Hartman.
But the Revolution failed to follow up, and quickly fell back as Claudio Lopez and Herculez Gomez organized the Wizards offense.
Despite their offensive dominance, the Wizards nearly caught the Revolution napping in the 28th minute when Josh Wolff broke through and laced a hard shot that glanced off of Reis' shoulder.
With injuries relegating midfielder Steve Ralston to left back, the Revolution's chances only appeared to dim as Kansas City displayed a patient and precise form.
"Steve's a great player," said Reis. "He showed he can play anywhere on the field."
But the weight of his club's fortunes fell squarely on Reis, who made four first-half saves while his teammates struggled to hold possession.
"We didn't keep the ball well enough," said Nicol. "If you don't keep the ball, you're not going to put the other team under pressure."
For the second half, the Wizards continued to relentlessly push forward and launched a furious set of attacks near the hour.
With the Revolution falling back in a defensive shell, the Wizards found their best scoring opportunity in the 64th minute. Gomez launched a ball forward to Jack Jewsbury, who snapped a header goalward before Reis made a spectacular save.
"He always looked comfortable," said Nicol. "Even on the tougher saves."
And while the Revolution spent much of the evening chasing Gomez and Lopez, they found a small window of opportunity in the 75th minute.
Off a hasty counterattack, Mansally sent a pass ahead to Edgaras Jankauskus, who weakly pushed it out of Hartman's reach before the ball began to stray away from goal. Nico Colaluca jumped on it, but failed on the finish as the ball sailed out of the vicinity.
Shortly after, fortune seemed to smile on the Revolution as Lance Watson was red carded in the 81st minute to give them a man-advantage for the final nine minutes of regulation.
But the home club failed to capitalize, failing to score for a second consecutive match.
"There's a lot of stuff we could've done better," said Nicol. "But there was also a lot we found out due to a lack of experience."
KANSAS CITY 0
NEW ENGLAND 0 FINAL
Jul 11 5:57 PM
KANSAS CITY 0
NEW ENGLAND 0 HALFTIME
Jul 11 4:55 PM
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