With just 13 games remaining on their regular-season schedule, all against Eastern Conference opponents, the Revolution are turning toward the homestretch and the race for one of five playoff spots.
The Revolution will host Toronto FC (3-10-8) at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night as they seek their third straight victory.
At 8-7-6, New England is tied with Houston (8-6-6) with 30 points, in the fifth and final playoff position in the East.
“We can’t take any game lightly,” said forward Diego Fagundez, who leads the Revolution with seven goals. “The games can go either way. Every team has their ups and downs.”
Last Saturday, against D.C. United (2-15-4), the Revolution trailed, 1-0, after eight minutes.
Dimitry Imbongo scored in the 54th minute to even the score, and then Fagundez scored the winner in the 63d minute.
“Everybody knows we’re not in the playoffs yet,” Fagundez said. “The last few games have definitely been tougher than the beginning. Everyone’s mind is on getting points.”
When it comes to getting points, the Revolution rely on air-tight defense.
Through 21 games, New England possesses a league-best 0.90 goals-against average, and goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth (nine shutouts) is just one away from tying teammate Matt Reis’s club record for a season.
The last time the Revolution squared off with Toronto FC, on May 25, they scored a 2-0 victory at Gillette Stadium.
That said, Fagundez expects a hard-fought matchup.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game,” he said. “We already played them once and beat them at home, but they have that in mind. They’re going to come out with a fight and won’t want to leave without getting any points.
“We know they’re a good team, and we can’t just say, ‘We’re going to win.’ ”