The Revolution know what time of year it is. As the team sits in sixth place in the MLS Eastern Conference standings with 10 regular-season games remaining, now is the time for a playoff push.
“I think we’ve got to grind out results,” said defender Andrew Farrell. “They’re not always going to be pretty. We’re not always going to win every game 5-0 but just getting points where we can and just getting wins is huge at this stage of the season.”
The Revolution (9-12-3, 30 points), coming off a 1-0 home victory over Chivas USA, visit Toronto FC on Saturday at 5 p.m., with the hope of grabbing 3 points — the margin in which they trail Toronto (9-8-6) and Columbus (8-8-9), who are tied for third in the East.
“It’s just getting another 3 points,” said midfielder Kelyn Rowe. “All we need right now is points, whether we’re home or away. We want to make the playoffs. It’s our last stretch. We know it’s 10 games or go home.”
Joining the fight for the Revolution is midfielder Jermaine Jones. The 32-year-old member of the US National Team was acquired Tuesday as a designated player via a blind draw conducted by the league. Jones scored one of the United States’ goals in its 2-2 tie against Portugal in the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The victory over Chivas was the Revolution’s first since July 30. Lee Nguyen scored the game’s only goal in the 56th minute.
“You have to win like that sometimes,” said defender A.J. Soares. “To prove to ourselves that we can win like that . . . to be able to go in there and figure it out and unlock the door and get the win is super important.
“The difference between tying 0-0 and winning 1-0, it’s a lot for the confidence and obviously for the points.”
The Revolution and Toronto last played May 3, when New England pulled out a 2-1 road win.
“I think we know the team and we need a result, so I think it’s going to be another good one,” Rowe said.
A Revolution win would pull the team even with Toronto in the standings.
“We like being the underdogs and we’re expecting fully to go on a run here and we’re not really focused on what anyone else is thinking about us or what they’re doing with themselves,” said Soares.
That run is already underway with the Revolution picking up 4 points in their last two games.
“We’re confident going [to Toronto],” said Soares. “They have a lot of really great players that can change a game and if we take care of them and put our stamp on the game little by little . . . I think we’ll come out with 3 points.”Alex Hall can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.