MLS Preview from The Sports Network (ET)
04/11/2014 2:35 PM
04/11/2014 2:40 PM
Houston (2-2-0) at New England (1-3-1), 5 p.m.
Foxborough, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - The New England Revolution will hope that a return to Gillette Stadium will help the side turn around a poor start to the season as the club welcomes the Houston Dynamo to town on Saturday.
New England has earned four points from its first five games and has been held without a goal in four of those five contests.
Houston, meanwhile, has sustained back-to-back losses following a two-game winning streak to start the campaign, so expect Dominic Kinnear's side to arrive at Foxborough just as hungry for a win.
The Revs last game saw the club drop a 2-0 decision to D.C. United thanks to a first-half own goal from Jose Goncalves and a late insurance tally from United's Chris Rolfe.
The early returns haven't been good for the Revs, but forward Charlie Davies feels as though his team has plenty of time to turn things around.
"For us, we just take it game by game," Davies said. "We were trying to go out there and get three points, which is unfortunate. But, I mean it is a long season, there is going to be ups and downs. It is better to lose now than late in the season."
Four of those five games for New England have been on the road, and with the team struggling so much in front of goal, any improvement in the offensive third should bring about more points.
Last season the Revs finished third in the Eastern Conference with 49 goals in 34 games, and forward Saer Sene is hopeful that with some patience, the goals will start to flow.
"The mentality is good when we step on the field," said Sene. "We just have to be patient. The day we start scoring on our chances, we're going to be like last year."
The Dynamo is eager to move on from their last game, a 4-1 defeat at the hands of FC Dallas.
With the game tied at 1-1, Houston's David Horst was sent off in the 60th minute, opening the door for Dallas to put together a scoring barrage that saw the team net three goals in the span of nine minutes, including two from Je- Vaughn Watson.
"We should've done better. Those 10 minutes were not good enough," said Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall. "Definitely frustrating, even though I'm optimistic about what we have and the talent we have on the team and the way we're able to play. We move on from what was a disaster... and know we have one game this weekend that we've got to win."
This will be the second meeting between the two sides already this season after Houston walked away with a resounding 4-0 victory in Texas in the opening match of the season.
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