Revolution’s keys to victory over Montreal

Cristian Penilla (center) scored the winner against the Red Bulls Saturday.
Cristian Penilla (center) scored the winner against the Red Bulls Saturday.maddie meyer/getty/Getty Images

The Revolution picked up their second win of the season Saturday by defeating the New York Red Bulls, 1-0, on Cristian Penilla’s goal in the 73rd minute. On Wednesday, the Revolution will face the Montreal Impact for the first time this season, their final home game until May 11.

The Revolution (2-5-1) haven’t picked up points in consecutive games this season. The Impact (3-3-2) are 1-1-2 in their last four and are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. The good news: New England has won six of the last seven matches against Montreal dating back to 2016.

Here’s what the Revolution need to do to win back-to-back games for the first time this season:


Stay on your toes

Revolution coach Brad Friedel called the Impact “a very resilient group,” so he is emphasizing the importance of staying aggressive early to catch Montreal’s defense off-guard.

“They’ve tried to get themselves into positions to counter, and they’ve done quite a bit of it without [Ignacio] Piatti, who’s an outstanding player,” Friedel said. “We’re going to have to be at the top of our game with moving the ball very quickly.

“I’m sure they’re going to try to set up a very good defensive plan and be able to attack us and we’re going to have to be at the top of our game to beat them.”

Go deep

Saturday’s win was a confidence booster for a team that’s scored only six goals in eight games — second to last in MLS. But Penilla’s goal off the bench showed the Revolution have depth and versatility, and that’s an asset they need to tap against Montreal.

“I’m happy that we have quality on the bench and on the field that we can bring guys in like that, and they can change the game,” defender Andrew Farrell said. “No matter what the lineup is, who’s playing or starting or coming off the bench, everybody can change the game and alter the game like that.


“It’s important that we keep doing that, because we’ve got a lot of games coming up.”

Take your chances

The Revolution need to create more scoring chances. They rank last in MLS in shots on goal (21), have a minus-6 goal differential, and their season low for total shots (7) has happened three times.

Brandon Chase can be reached at brandon.chase@globe.com.