The Revolution seek their first road win of the season Saturday night when they travel to RFK Stadium in Washington to face last-place D.C. United.
On the heels of a tough 2-1 loss to New York City FC in the Bronx last Sunday, New England heads into the end of August still searching for that elusive victory away from Gillette Stadium, sitting at 0-9-3 in away matches.
“It’s been really difficult on the road, to be honest,” said forward Kei Kamara on the team’s website. “Hopefully we can find something to turn that around, because it’s that point of the season where your road wins or your road points are really, really big.
“It’s been hard for us to just stay in there. I guess you can say that when anybody comes to our stadium, we kind of give them that same result. We have to find a way to really turn that around.”
In Sunday’s loss, the Revolution (8-11-5) also lost midfielder Kelyn Rowe to a sprained knee in the waning moments of the match. He avoided surgery but he will miss 6-8 weeks.
Diego Fagundez avoided what looked to be an injury late in the game, so the Revolution dodged that bullet. Xavier Kouassi and Lee Nguyen practiced this week as well after having injury scares of their own in that game.
The Revolution brought in forward Krisztian Nemeth in a trade with Columbus, and he will be seeking to crack a starting attack lineup already deep with Kamara and Juan Agudelo.
D.C. United (7-15-4), while sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, has pulled off consecutive 1-0 road wins, both on own goals — the first time in MLS history that has happened.
“They’re a difficult team right now,” said Kamara. “They’re building and they’re changing their lineups and adding some new guys onto the squad. They’re looking to change something around over there.”
United is within 4 points of New England in the standings, and the Revolution are winless, at 0-3-3, in their last six regular-season contests against D.C. The teams last faced off June 28 in the Open Cup, playing to a 2-2 draw.
Revolution vs. United
■ When, where: Saturday, 7 p.m., at RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
■ TV, radio: CSN, WBZ-FM (98.5).
■ Records: Revolution — 8-11-5 (29 points); D.C. United — 7-15-4 (25 points).
■ Coaches: Revolution — Jay Heaps; United — Ben Olsen.
■ Formations: Revolution — 4-4-2; United — 4-2-3-1.
■ Goalkeepers: Revolution — Cody Cropper; United — Bill Hamid.
■ Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero.
■ Out: Revolution — M Kelyn Rowe (knee), D Benjamin Angoua (yellow card accumulation); United — M Rob Vincent (knee), M Patrick Nyarko (corneal abrasion).
■ Miscellany: United has scored a league-low 21 goals. Luciano Acosta leads the team with four goals . . . Before winning their last two games on own goals, D.C. hadn’t won a game in two months.