Revolution must regroup in a hurry after blowout

Sporting Kansas City's Latif Blessing celebrates after scoring a goal against Orlando City during the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Latif Blessing has three goals in 19 games for Sporting Kansas City.

One word to describe the Revolution this season would be inconsistent. After keeping their playoff hopes alive with back-to-back shutout wins at home, the Revolution endured a barrage on the road Wednesday against Atlanta, losing, 7-0.

The stunning defeat may have derailed the team’s push for the postseason.

However, it’s back to work Saturday as the Revolution again try to earn their first road win of 2017 when they head to the Midwest for a matchup with Sporting Kansas City.


“That was a tough game to swallow there,” said midfielder Lee Nguyen. “We got Saturday to prepare for and move on quickly.”

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Kansas City sits in fourth place in the top-heavy Western Conference with 41 points, just 3 behind first-place Vancouver. With only 21 goals allowed on the season, Sporting KC has been one of the league’s top defensive teams.

And considering Kansas City’s home record is 8-0-5, New England’s hopes of getting a win on the road are looking bleak once again.

“Very good team at home,” said Revolution coach Jay Heaps. “They’ve added some good pieces and we have a big task ahead of us.”

New England is coming off a historic loss. It marked the largest defeat in franchise history, the first time an MLS expansion team had scored seven goals, and the Revolution became the first team in league history to go an entire match without a shot.


The seven-goal margin tied the largest in MLS history, as well, set three times previously.

Atlanta’s win, however, was aided by the newly implemented Video Assistant Referee system, which resulted in Xavier Kouassi being sent off after only 16 minutes with the Revolution already trailing. A second red card minutes later to Antonio Delamea effectively ended New England’s chances of victory.

The lineup was questionable from the start, with five defenders and two defensive midfielders in the game while the team’s two hottest scorers, Kei Kamara and Teal Bunbury, were on the bench.

Kansas City is 1-2-2 since the start of August and will be looking to get hot heading into the playoffs. Despite losing top forward Dom Dwyer in a midsummer trade, Kansas City has bolstered its attack with Daniel Salloi, Diego Rubio, and Cristian Lobato, plus Latif Blessing as an option off the bench.

The last meeting between the teams came in October 2016, when the Revolution rolled to a 3-1 victory in Foxborough.


“I’m waiting so much [for] the game, to play against them,” said Revolution and former KC striker Krisztian Nemeth. “But of course I play for New England now and it’s important to take these 3 points for us.”

Revolution vs. Kansas City

  When, where: Saturday, 8:30 p.m., at Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kan.

 TV, radio: CSN, WBZ-FM (98.5).

  Coaches: Revolution — Jay Heaps; KC — Peter Vermes.

  Formations: Revolution — 4-4-2 diamond; KC — 4-3-3.

 Goalkeepers: Revolution — Cody Cropper; KC — Tim Melia.

  Referee: Jorge Gonzalez.

 Out: Revolution — D Antonio Delamea (red card), M Kelyn Rowe (knee), M Xavier Kouassi (red card); KC — M Roger Espinoza (yellow cards), F Cameron Porter (leg).

 Miscellany: New England is 5-2-3 vs. Western Conference foes this year, while Sporting is 2-1-6 against the East . . . Sporting has allowed only 21 goals, fewest in MLS . . . The Revolution’s last win at Kansas City was Sept. 26, 2014 (3-2).

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