FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Down seven regulars for the second time in four days, the Earthquakes were under pressure from the start and, after going down early, they were unable to penetrate one of the league's more staunch defenses, succumbing to New England 2-0 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.
"We've played the last two games with sixteen players," said San Jose coach Mark Watson. "It's a tough time for us. We knew we'd be up against it."
What they were up against was a Revolution team that came into the night with the fewest goals against in the MLS (14), and the stifling New England defense allowed only two San Jose shots on goal, sending the Quakes to their ninth shutout loss of the season.
"We knew that was going to be a tough job tonight," said Watson on cracking New England's defense. "We knew they were a solid unit. They battled well and in the end they proved very difficult to break down."
Goalkeeper Jon Busch kept the Quakes (5-9-6, 21 points) alive, stopping seven solid shots on goal.
"Jon was huge for us," said Watson. "He gave us a chance to have any hope of getting any points tonight."
Saer Sene was the first New England player to slip the defense, getting a point-blank shot just one minute into the game, but Busch was up to the task, making easy work of the direct attempt.
The two players went toe to toe once more in the 13th minute, as Busch pushed aside a big blast from Sene that came from inside the box, but with the defense unable to clear, New England worked the ball back to Sene, who fired again, deflecting his shot off Brad Ring for a 1-0 lead.
Busch remained undeterred, keeping the Quakes within a goal, but another lapse in defense in the 78th minute saw Dimitry Imbongo knock home a pass in the goal area, deflating the road-weary Quakes. "It's been a tough stretch," said Watson. "We'll dust ourselves off."