East coast bound
The New England Revolution are looking from much more than their first win of the 2012 season. They are looking for their first goal as well.
And they will get a chance on Saturday when they host the Portland Timbers who continue to struggle away from the friendly confines of JELD-WEN Field, drawing with FC Dallas the last time out.
Matchup: Portland Timbers v New England Revolution
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012
Time: Kick-off: 4:00 PM EST
Venue: Gillette Stadium
TV: Root Sports
Timbers vs. Revolution Betting Lines from Bodog
*MLS ATS Matchup Report*
A season ago, Portland was 2-10-9 on the road, and the monkey seems to have hitched a ride on the Timbers’ backs, following them into 2012, where after a resounding 3-1 home win over sophomore Philadelphia to open the year, found themselves in need of some second half heroics from Darlington Nagbe just to come away with a point in a 1-1 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday night.
Nagbe’s equalizer in the 51st minute came just in time as he capitalized on an FC Dallas mistake to collect his first goal of the year.
It was a disappointing finish for the Timbers who outshot Dallas 7-1 over the final 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Revolution continue to slide into desolation, and after losing 1-0 at San Jose to spoil Jay Heaps’ New England coaching debut, the short-handed side fell 3-0 to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.
The loss extended New England ‘s winless streak to eight league matches, not winning since a 2-0 victory over FC Dallas back on Sept. 10.
New England had to play a man down after the 14th minute, when Stephen McCarthy was given a instant red card for a bad foul on C.J. Sapong.
Sporting made the man advantage count with goals from Graham Zusi in the 28th minute, Kei Kamara in the 39th and Sapong in the 47th.
Jimmy Nielsen made six saves in his second shutout of the year, as KC outshot the Revs’ 27-11.
Matt’s Free Prediction: Timbers
While Portland has shown its inability to win games on the road, New England’s lack of offensive firepower is not going to get any help from playing at home.