Revolution step up, dominate Earthquakes

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FOXBOROUGH — Through 17 games, the New England Revolution have shaped an identity: Defensively sound but offensively strapped.

They have not established a rhythm.

They slogged through March and April, scorched through mid-May and plateaued since then — now straddled in the mucky middle of the Eastern Conference standings.

On Saturday, New England reached the season’s midpoint, a home match against the weary San Jose Earthquakes.

“It was a very important game,” Revolution striker Saer Sene said. “Sometimes this is when we give points away. So this is a game we needed to win.”

They did, defeating San Jose, 2-0, at Gillette Stadium. It was characteristic because of offensive flashes without fruition and a shutout from goalie Bobby Shuttleworth — his eighth, tied for most in MLS.

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