June 13, 2015 – Revolution 2:0 Chicago. Revolution MLS regular-season home unbeaten streak reaches team record 17 games
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The New England Revolution have established a strong home field advantage at Gillette Stadium, capitalizing on artificial turf and narrow dimensions of the field to throw opponents off their game. The team’s successful streak coincided with the Aug. 23, 2014 acquisition of Jermaine Jones, and extended to 19 games (12-0-7) with two playoff victories on the way to a berth in the 2014 MLS Cup final – the streak began after a loss to Columbus July 26, 2014.In this game, Diego Fagundez scored on a 48th-minute volley from the penalty arc and Charlie Davies added a 50th-minute goal.
But, with Jones mostly out of action, the season soon began to unravel. The Revolution’s lack of depth and inconsistent central defensive play were exposed as they were eliminated by the Charlotte Independence in a U.S. Open Cup match at Harvard, then their MLS streak ended with a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps June 27, 2015.
“No one likes to come to Gillette and play on turf,” Davies said. “It’s a very big stadium, on top of that, with turf. Teams don’t look forward to coming here and playing against us and we have to use that to our advantage. We’re used to it. Obviously, some guys take a beating on it, but we feel very comfortable playing at home and that’s a huge plus and advantage for us whenever we play a team that has a long ways to travel, like Chicago.” Chris Aduama photo
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