The New England Revolution’s again line is shaping up for the stretch run to the MLS Cup playoffs.
The Revolution (13-5-8) are tied with Orlando City with a sport at hand for second place within the Eastern Conference with eight matches remaining. The Revolution may have been in sole possession of second however gave up a aim within the 94th minute in a 2-2 draw with Austin FC final Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
The Revolution start a slate of three straight highway video games once they encounter Minnesota United FC (9-8-9) of the Western Conference on Saturday night time (8:30) at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minn.
“Our preparations are going well, the team is ready to go and the guys are in good spirits,” mentioned interim head coach Richie Williams. “We had been disillusioned on the finish of the sport final week to not come away with three factors.
“We know we made a mistake at the end. But we have to learn from that and move on and now get ready for Minnesota, which is a very good team.”
With the exception of heart again Dave Romney, who has performed each minute within the common season, the Revolution’s again finish has been rotating a mish mash resulting from accidents and worldwide callups.
The excellent news is DeJuan Jones has returned full time to left again spot. Jones is a succesful defender who brings an offensive ingredient to the place. Jones has a aim, 4 assists and eight pictures on course in 18 appearances.
“I think with DeJuan, he’s a guy that’s not only quick, but he has great stamina and can get down the left flank,” mentioned Williams. “He has shown in the past that he can contribute offensively with assists from the left flank by getting forward and combining with the offensive players.”
Williams believes heart again Henry Kessler, who has missed 19 MLS video games and numerous non-league match matches with a hamstring damage, is about to return. MLS ironman Andrew Farrell has served without any consideration again and heart again since getting back from an undisclosed damage. Omar Gonzalez was at Romney’s aspect throughout Farrell’s absence.
The proper again slot will stay in flux for the rest of the season. Brandon Bye, one of many top-rated outdoors backs in MLS, is injured and out for the season. Ryan Spaulding and defensive midfielder Matt Polster have labored the correct flank. Spaulding and newcomer Ben Sweat alternated on the left flank when Jones was on the mend or with the U.S. National Team.
“DeJuan got back in the game the other night and Andrew is back to full fitness,” mentioned Williams. “Henry Kessler is actually doing a very good job and hopefully, in a week or two, he’ll be back training with the team and getting him back would be really nice.”
Injuries have brought on simply as many issues on the entrance finish. Strikers Gustavo Bou and Bobby Wood, who’ve mixed for 12 objectives, have misplaced time to damage however are set to return. Giacomo Vrioni performed distinctive rather than the injured strikers with six objectives in 22 appearances and eight begins.