The Revolution have picked up at least a point in five of their last six games, but a quick turnaround to their next match could put that late-season surge in jeopardy.
After Sunday’s 2-1 win over NYCFC, the Revolution (6-4-7) will be back on the field Wednesday night to take on the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. It will be their fourth matchup with the Impact this season and third since the MLS restart in July. New England leads the series, 2-1.
Despite the strong play with just six games remaining in the regular season, the Revolution still haven’t budged from the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference, which would give them a bye past the play-in round of the MLS playoffs. The New York Red Bulls trail them by just 2 points.
Midfielder Diego Fagundez thought Sunday’s win was imperative to setting the team on the right course as it plays its second match of four in a span of 12 days.
“We went out there to New York and we said, ‘We have to get 3 points,' " said Fagundez. “We knew this week was going to be hard. We went there and we got 3 points, so that was huge.”
Success on the road has been a hallmark of the Revolution’s season: They’ve picked up a point in four of their last five road matches dating to Aug. 25. They have five wins away from Gillette Stadium, including neutral-site matches during the MLS is Back Tournament, and one more would set a club record.
“We have a weird growing confidence right now that we don’t mind going away from home and we know we can pick up points,” midfielder Matt Polster said. “I’m not sure it’s one particular thing to pick out why we’re winning games away from home, but I think the way we’ve set up our formation now and pressing teams high, it gives us a lot of confidence.”
New England will be without midfielder Cristian Penilla, who suffered a foot injury in Sunday’s game. Coach Bruce Arena said Penilla was scheduled to meet with team doctors Tuesday and that he “will be out a while.”
Midfielder Carles Gil, who tore his left Achilles' tendon in June after participating in just two games, was cleared to resume practicing Tuesday. He underwent surgery in August, but a quick return to game action is doubtful.
“We have not yet seen him on the field, so any thoughts of him being on the field shortly are probably not accurate,” Arena said. “We’ll see how he’s progressing and hopefully he could return in 2020.”