The Revolution did something Saturday they hadn’t done since May — win a second consecutive Major League Soccer game.
After a dry spell of seven losses in a row this summer, the Revolution are back on track, with the hopes of seizing one of the Eastern Conference’s five playoff spots. The Revolution (10-12-3) will look for their third straight win when they host Sporting Kansas City (12-8-6) at Gillette Stadium Wednesday night.
“I think we’re hitting our stride now and getting good results, but we know that there’s still a lot of games left to be played,” said forward Teal Bunbury. “We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but we want to build from each result that we have.”
The Revolution are currently tied for third place in the East with Toronto FC, a team they decisively beat, 3-0, Saturday. Lee Nguyen scored in just the second minute, the fastest goal the Revolution have scored all season.
Defender Darrius Barnes knows the importance of getting off to a hot start, especially against a potent, balanced team like Kansas City. The formula worked Saturday, and Barnes & Co. will aim to continue the trend Wednesday.
“When we score first, we’re pretty dangerous,” Barnes said. “If we can just hold on tight and limit the opponent’s chances, we’re going to give ourselves a chance to succeed and win the game.”
Bunbury, who scored in the 58th minute against Toronto, said one of the team’s biggest strengths is capitalizing on opponents’ mistakes. He knows Kansas City will be a tough team to crack, but is confident the Revolution can do so.
For a team that has wrestled to stay afloat all season, the situation is starting to look a little brighter. One reason is the acquisition of Jermaine Jones, who played for the US in the World Cup this year. Jones played 25 minutes Saturday and may see more time going forward.
Coach Jay Heaps has seen his team dominate in stretches and struggle mightily in others this season. Inconsistency has plagued a middle-of-the-pack team that has scored 34 goals and allowed 36.
“Every game, you’ve got to put the work in,” Heaps said. “When the entire team attacks and defends together and we work as a group, things have gone our way.”
Though things are starting to look more promising, the Revolution are focused on staying grounded. Winning two games is nice, but it’s not a reason to celebrate.
“I don’t know if we’d say turned a corner,” Barnes said. “We still have our heads down and are trying to focus on us and doing the things we need to do.”
■ When, where: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough.
■ TV, radio: CSN, WBZ-FM (98.5)
■ Records: Revolution, 10-12-3, 33 points; Kansas City, 12-8-6, 42 points.
■ Formations: Revolution, 4-1-4-1; Kansas City, 4-3-3.
■ Goalkeepers: Revolution, Bobby Shuttleworth; Kansas City, Jon Kempin.
■ Referee: Ismail Elfath.
■ Out: Revolution — Andy Dorman (MCL sprain), Chris Tierney (MCL sprain); Kansas City — Ike Opara (ankle), Chance Myers (Achilles’), Eric Kronberg (finger), Jacob Peterson (knee sprain).
■ Miscellany: The Revolution are 6-4-2 at home . . . This past Saturday, A.J. Soares became the 20th player in Revolution history to play 100 regular-season games for the club . . . The last time the two teams squared off was on April 26, when the Revolution won 2-0.Trevor Hass can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TrevorHass.