The Revolution, eliminated from playoff contention, hope to find a silver lining to a tumultuous season as they host New York City FC Sunday in the final home game of the year.
The Revolution can set a franchise record for home wins in a season with 12.
“We’ve been solid at home and it’s been our fort,” said midfielder Diego Fagundez. “We just need to keep doing that. It’s the last [home] game, so we have to enjoy it as much as possible and make sure everybody is happy when they leave out of here, but of course, we’re still thinking of what’s coming next.”
The Revolution’s road woes cost them for the second straight season. Over that time, New England is 2-23-8 away from home, including 0-13-3 this year. But at Gillette Stadium, the Revolution are 20-6-7 in that span, something the team attributes to fan support.
“Obviously, the results haven’t gone our way on the road, but our home support and our home fan base have been tremendous this year,” said goalkeeper Brad Knighton. “We have played some unbelievable stuff at times here at home. Hopefully, that continues on Sunday and we can send the fans home happy one last time.”
Midfielder Lee Nguyen is one assist shy of becoming the 19th MLS player to record 50 goals and 50 assists in his career, and the first in Revolution history.
New England was shut out in its last match, a scoreless draw at home against Atlanta United Sept. 30. The Revolution were cut out of postseason contention when the New York Red Bulls won last Saturday.
Interim coach Tom Soehn can use the team’s final two games to experiment with different lineups and tactics.
“We’re going to build that in as we go,” said Soehn. “Obviously, the guys who stayed through the last couple of weeks have been working really hard. Some guys are going to get a chance.”
NYCFC and New England have met twice this season, both at Yankee Stadium.
The Revolution scored late to forge a 2-2 tie May 31, and were victimized by a second-half stoppage time goal in a 2-1 loss Aug. 20.
Since the teams’ last meeting, New York City has won just twice in seven matches. Its most recent result was a 1-1 draw at Chicago Sept. 30. After falling behind early, David Villa equalized for NYCFC just before halftime.
“Obviously, David is a special player, but they’re a good team,” said Soehn. “So we have to look at what their strengths are and make sure we’re doing a good job of understanding what that is and take that away.”