New England Soccer Today

Tierney: Offense Not ‘100 Percent’ Yet

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – For all the talk about the refereeing seen during Saturday’s match, the bottom line is the Revolution attack simply didn’t generate enough production to get maximum points against Toronto, a game which extended a troubling trend for the locals.

For the fifth straight occasion, the vaunted Revolution attack was held to a goal or less, a troubling trend that left back Chris Tierney acknowledged following the 1-1 draw.

“We had good opportunities in front of the goal and it’s still just not clicking at 100 percent yet,” Tierney said. “We need to keep working on it, we’re not getting any favors right now obviously in terms of the calls.”

The Revolution may have felt slighted by the way Saturday’s game was called by Edvin Jurisevic and his crew, but the locals have only themselves to blame for their lack of production.

Eight of the Revolution’s 13 shots were deemed on target, and Toronto keeper Clint Irwin was pressed into making seven saves. But all the locals were able to muster was one goal, which came courtesy of a free header from Kelyn Rowe in the 14th minute.

“I thought every time we do that, we go side-to-side in their end, is the key and we can get the ball up the field and win it back in their end and have long sustained possessions,” Tierney said. “We get them moving and then those [times] are when the holes open up and it was just a good ball from Je-Vaughn [Watson] and an unbelievable header from Kelyn [Rowe] so that’s the kind of play that we need more of.”

The Revolution are only one of three teams in the conference that are averaging a goal or less through the first six weeks of the season. Since their 3-3 First Kick draw in Houston, the locals are only netting 0.6 goals/game.

Despite that statistic, Revolution coach Jay Heaps isn’t worried about his team’s form in front of goal.

“We had two or three right at the keeper,” Heaps said. “Those are the ones where you want to see them put it away, but we’re getting there, and I’m not nervous about it. We’re creating enough.”

Creating enough? Sure. That much was evident on Saturday. But when goalscoring opportunities and points are falling by the wayside in bunches, it’s clear the Revolution need to do much more than string together close calls and dangerous chances.

“We need to make sure that we do everything that we can to put the ball in the net,” Tierney said.

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