Riding the momentum from last week’s 2-0 victory against the Columbus Crew, in which New England scored twice in stoppage time, the Revolution are seeking their second straight road victory when they take on D.C. United Saturday night at RFK Stadium.
United (2-14-4) has struggled this season and has a four-game losing streak, but Revolution coach Jay Heaps has yet to record a victory against D.C. in two seasons at the helm (0-3-1). Heading into Saturday’s match, Heaps said the team would pay little attention to past results.
“With us right now it’s one game at a time,” Heaps said on the Revolution website. “We’re still a club that needs to grind results. We need points and we need to find a way to get them. Each game to me is more important than the next. Right now, the next game ahead of us is crucial.”
With last week’s victory the Revolution (7-7-6, 27 points) pulled within 2 points of the Houston Dynamo (8-6-5) for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Saturday’s game concludes a three-game road trip. The Revolution are 1-1 thus far, losing to the Colorado Rapids, 2-1, July 17.
With three games in 10 days, the Revolution are relying on their depth. Against Columbus, Heaps made three key substitutions, including bringing in Diego Fagundez in the 69th minute. After Jose Goncalves scored the winner a minute into stoppage time, Fagundez added the insurance strike three minutes later.
“It’s always tough to play the three games in a week,” goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth said on the team’s website. “Luckily enough we have some good depth and I think that showed in the Columbus game where we were able play some different guys and get a result.”
Undoubtedly, the Revolution’s defense has behind the team’s success this season. All seven of their wins have come via shutout, and they have allowed just 18 goals all season.
“That’s a testament to the back line and how they’ve played,” Shuttleworth said. “It starts from the front and just falls back. We’ve been able to get good pressure from our forwards and our midfielders have been in good spots, which makes it predictable for us in the back. We’ve been able to keep good positions and communicate well.”