Sunday, April 29, 2007

Revs Beat Dallas 1-0

Well, it was a grind if I ever saw one, but the Revs escaped with three points today in Frisco, TX. Taylor Twellman's first half volley sealed the deal and then the Revs bunkered down somewhat to finish out their first win in Texas in just under two years.

The game was somewhat even, with FC Dallas creating few opportunities to even up. The much scrutinized and undersized New England back three stifled the home side's attack throughout the afternoon. Micheal Parkhurst played the full 90 minutes and picked up right where he left off. For those not in the know, Parkhurst is developing into a spitting image of Gareth Southgate in the way he compensates for his slightly undersized frame with near perfect positioning and composure. I'd say he'd be the next to go to Europe if he didn't go about his business so quietly. Dallas's size advantage was supposed to take it to the Revs today, but the backline trio of Parky, Jay Heaps, and Avery John (and then Riley for John) stood their ground admirably.

Khano Smith again looked sloppy and Wells Thompson failed to impress when he came on in the second half. Pat Noonan seemed out of sync at times and Dorman, too, had difficulty with the combination play. This doesn't bode well for a Revolution team that will be in DC this Thursday to face a pointless DC United side. The consensus preseason conference favorite is bound to snap out of their funk and the Revs will have trouble managing a draw in their current form.

The game offered little excitement for the neutral observer, but so goes life in the MLS's Eastern Conference. The Revs join Columbus, Chicago, and NY as teams that will be very tough to score on this year. Get ready for a summer filled with 1-1 draws.