The Revolution have met the midway point of the season without a victory away from home (0-6-3). On Sunday, they will aim to reverse their road misfortunes when they face the Philadelphia Union.
Philadelphia has won five of its last eight games, four at home. The resurgence has coincided with C.J. Sapong rediscovering his goal-scoring touch and with MLS newcomers Fafa Picault and Haris Medunjanin hitting their stride.
“They’ve got some good players up top,” said Revolution defender Andrew Farrell on the team’s website. “Some familiar players, we know their team pretty well. I think we match up pretty well with them.”
The Revolution won’t be fielding a full squad Sunday. Gershon Koffie (Ghana), Kelyn Rowe (United States), and Juan Agudelo (United States) are with their national teams. Xavier Kouassi remains sidelined (since May 31) with a quadriceps injury, and fellow defensive midfielder Daigo Kobayashi is questionable with a hamstring injury. Rising defender Antonio Delamea had surgery this past week to repair a broken nose and is also questionable.
“It’s not an easy replacement for our key guys,” said Revolution coach Jay Heaps. “At the same time, [international duty] is a part of our sport and you’ve just got to deal with it.”
Both teams are coming off midweek clashes in the US Open Cup Round of 16. New England advanced to the quarterfinals for the third time in four seasons with a 2-1 win over D.C. United at Harvard’s Jordan Field. First-round draft pick Brian Wright scored the winner early in the second half for his first professional goal.
Philadelphia traveled to New Jersey for a match with the New York Red Bulls, who advanced on penalties, 5-3, and will take on the Revolution at Harvard in the quarterfinal round on July 13.
The Union and Revolution last met Aug. 13 at Gillette Stadium, when the visitors punished New England, 4-0. Sapong put Philadelphia ahead 78 seconds into the contest, and a trio of second-half strikes sent the Revolution to their worst loss of the season.
“Very disappointed with our starts in the last three games,” said Heaps. “Margins in our league are so small. [The Union] are always a difficult team to play against.”