Homegrown Tommy Thompson ready for 'next level' with Quakes
Kelyn Rowe expected to be out, leaving the Revolution without one of their most offensive-minded midfielders. (USATSI)
Programming note: Earthquakes-Revolution coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California
The New England Revolution and San Jose Earthquakes are both still seeking their first wins of 2014.
The Revolution would probably just settle for scoring a goal right now.
They'll attempt to end their worst season-opening scoring drought Saturday night and snap the Earthquakes' franchise-record home unbeaten streak.
New England (0-2-1) has been outscored 5-0 through its first three games, while registering only eight of 41 shots on goal.
The Revolution went four games without a goal March 16-April 13 of last year, but they went on to reach the playoffs after failing to qualify for three straight seasons.
This goal drought, though, is closing in on the MLS record of 383 minutes set by Toronto in 2007.
New England sputtered offensively again last Saturday, putting just three shots on goal in a scoreless tie at home against Vancouver.
"Obviously, this has not been an ideal start," coach Jay Heaps said. "You go on the road for two difficult games, but we got home and I thought at least we put it together in some areas. We defended well, we didn't give away a ton. I thought our backline was really good."
The defense likely will have to be very good again with Kelyn Rowe expected to be out with a left hamstring injury, leaving the Revolution without one of their most offensive-minded midfielders.
Rowe had career highs of eight goals and nine assists last season, setting up a tally in a 2-0 home win over the Earthquakes on July 6.
New England, though, is 1-7-2 in its last 10 visits to San Jose. The Revs have been outscored 5-1 during a three-game skid there, including 1-0 in the most recent meeting March 10, 2012.
Saer Sene scored in his only matchup with the Earthquakes (0-1-1) last season, and the forward is expected to get a second straight start. He came off the bench in the first two games after returning from ankle surgery and a broken leg suffered last year.
The Quakes should be thrilled to play their next two games at home after falling 1-0 at Kansas City last Saturday.
They're unbeaten in a team-record 17 straight MLS games in San Jose, tying Portland for the longest active streak in the league. Both teams, however, are still well short of MLS' all-time record of 30 set by Houston from 2011-13.
"It's tough to win on the road. There's travel. There's a lot of things involved. I think the biggest thing is teams come at you with such energy and such aggression," coach Mark Watson said. "You have to be able to match it and keep a strong mentality for 90 minutes to have any chance of winning on the road."
Chris Wondolowski's production is far greater at home than on the road. Of the forward's 12 goals over the past two seasons, he's scored 10 of them in 15 home games, including one in a 3-3 season-opening tie with Salt Lake on March 15.
He has two goals in three games against New England at Buck Shaw Stadium.