After giving up the most goals in Major League Soccer a year ago, the New England Revolution is off to a nice start in its attempt to rectify its defensive problems.
The Revolution posted its third consecutive clean sheet on its trip in Florida, blanking FC Dallas, 1-0, on Wednesday behind a 10th-minute goal from Sainey Nyassi.
After 2-0 victories over the University of Central Florida and members of the United States Under-17 team not taking part in the CONCACAF U-17 championships, the Revolution turned its attention to a professional side and produced a similar result.
The defensive unit comprised of Didier Domi, Ryan Cochrane, A.J. Soares and Zak Boggs went the full 90 minutes in front of Matt Reis, who made four saves in goal.
Here are a couple of more preseason results from around MLS:
PORTLAND TOPS MONTREAL
The Portland Timbers received a seventh-minute goal from Eddie Johnson, and Adin Brown posted a clean sheet in goal to lift the expansion side to a 1-0 victory over NASL's Montreal Impact in Casa Grande, Ariz.
Johnson, starting up top aside trialist Jorge Perlaza, latched onto a cross from another trialist, Roberto Merino, and headed home the eventual game-winner from short range.
SAN JOSE TOPS COLCHESTER
The San Jose Earthquakes won again during their stay in England, topping England League One side Colchester United, 3-0, in a game filled with reserves.
Ellis McLoughlin produced a brace, and Matt Luzunaris tallied the final goal to bring San Jose's record on its England trip to 2-0.
The Earthquakes topped Birmingham City's reserves — which included U.S. international midfielder Alejandro Bedoya — on Tuesday, 4-0, behind two goals from Steven Lenhart and tallies from Joey Gjertsen and Chris Wondolowski.
What do you make of Wednesday's other results? Think New England's defense will be better in 2011? Do you see Johnson playing a big part for the Timbers this season? Expect San Jose to be a threat in the West?
Share your thoughts below.