Revolution-United Preview

The Associated Press

The New England Revolution and D.C. United snapped season-opening scoreless streaks last weekend but only one of them earned their first win.

The Revolution will try to build on that victory by earning their third in a row over D.C. on Saturday night.

New England (1-2-1) failed to get on the scoreboard in its first three games and ended that scoreless streak at 305 minutes only because San Jose's Victor Bernardez knocked the ball into his own net last Saturday. The Revolution's first goal from one of their own players capped a dramatic finish to a 2-1 victory over the Earthquakes.

Lee Nguyen scored in stoppage time and ended his club's longest season-opening winless streak in 10 years. He also snapped San Jose's 21-game unbeaten run at home.

"Knowing that we just basically went across country and got three points was huge," Nguyen said. "The team fought really hard and now it is time to go back home and rest, get our legs back underneath us and get our minds right again."

New England will next face a club that's also produced just two goals. United didn't find the net in their first two games before playing to a 2-all draw with visiting Chicago last weekend.

D.C. appeared that it might earn its first win after Perry Kitchen scored a go-ahead goal in the 73rd minute. United, though, allowed the Fire to tally the equalizer in the 82nd.

"It's a work in progress. I think every game has gotten better for us," Kitchen said. "I think if you look back at the Toronto game, that was a step up from Columbus and this game's definitely a step up from Toronto, so we just have to keep building on it and working forward."

D.C. (0-2-1) will likely have some help as it tries to avoid extending its longest season-opening winless streak since dropping its first five games in 2010. The club acquired veteran midfielder Chris Rolfe from Chicago on Wednesday for allocation money.

Rolfe has 48 goals in his seven-plus seasons and has made 10 career appearances for the U.S. national team. Among United's injured players are midfielder Luis Silva, expected to miss three to four weeks with a sprained left ankle, and midfielder/forward Chris Pontius (hamstring).

Charlie Davies is expected to make his return to D.C. The forward scored 11 goals in his only season with United in 2011 after overcoming severe injuries from a car accident two years earlier.

He spent a little more than a year with Danish club Randers before being loaned to New England in August. Davies made four appearances with the Revolution and saw his first action of this season in the win at San Jose, playing the final 28 minutes.

New England snapped a three-game skid in D.C. with a 2-1 win July 27 as Diego Fagundez provided the tiebreaking goal in the 63rd minute. That losing streak included a 3-1 defeat in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals June 26.

Fagundez and Nguyen scored in a 2-1 home win over United on Sept. 21.

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