This past week provided a fresh start for the Revolution. After snapping a nine-game winless streak with a 1-0 win at New York City FC Sept. 5, the Revolution enjoyed a 10-day break from competition to refuel for the playoff push.
New England’s quest for the final spot takes a challenging turn with a trip west to face the expansion Los Angeles FC Saturday night in the first-ever meeting between the clubs.
New England put in a strong defensive performance anchored by veteran goalkeeper Brad Knighton, who was making his first appearance of the year. Second-year budding star Brian Wright scored the goal, his first career MLS score.
“Very pleased,” said coach Brad Friedel. “I thought our second-half performance was very solid. We came under a fair amount of pressure, and I thought Brad Knighton calmed things down in the back for us.”
The win has the potential to give New England momentum for a turnaround.
“The morale has been great through the good times and the bad,” said Knighton. “We’ve got a great locker room full of guys in here that everybody wants to win.
“Now that we’ve got the win on our back, we can hopefully use that as some momentum going forward in these last six games.”
Another player who has taken advantage of a fresh start this season is former Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen, now with Los Angeles. Nguyen, regarded as one of the best players to don the Revolution uniform, ranks second in club history in both goals (51) and assists (49) and owns the franchise record with 16 penalty-kick goals.