The New England Revolution secured their berth within the 2023 MLS Cup playoffs with a 2-2 draw at Chicago final Saturday.
Whether they open the playoffs at house or away within the Eastern Conference is what’s at stake for the Revolution with 4 video games remaining within the common season.
The third-place Revolution (14-6-10) play the second of three video games in eight days once they host sixth-place Columbus (14-9-8) on Wednesday evening (7:30) at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution full the powerful stretch at second-place Orlando City FC on Saturday evening.
“Being at home is our main goal,” mentioned striker Bobby Wood, who’s second on the workforce in scoring with seven targets. “We saw that Cincinnati already clinched the Supporters’ Shield so right now, we are just focusing on getting that home field advantage and that strength for us.”
Defending the home has been the singular power of the Revolution all season. New England is the one MLS franchise unbeaten at house with a 11-0-4 mark. The Revolution are coming off a 2-1 house victory over Charlotte FC, the primary win on interim head coach Clint Peay’s watch.
The race within the East stays tight and the Revolution didn’t assist themselves by going 1-1-3 in September whereas giving up the tying targets in stoppage time in two of the three attracts.
There is a five-point margin of distinction separating Orlando City (54) from sixth-place Atlanta (49). The Revolution have a tricky end towards equally motivated playoff-bound franchises. The Revs play their ultimate highway recreation at seventh-place Nashville on Oct. 14 and shut out at house towards fourth-place Philadelphia on Oct. 21.
“There’s a lot of parity, things are tight right now and we have a game at hand over a few teams,” mentioned Peay. “So, we can at least put ourselves to finish the week out in a good position if we can take care of business.”
Two former starters who’ve been on the shelf with long-term accidents are anticipated to play a job within the stretch run. Center again Henry Kessler, who has missed 30 video games with a hamstring situation, has gained power and adaptability in coaching and is about to return. Striker Gustavo Bou returned to the lineup late within the second half towards Charlotte after lacking a month with a leg damage.
The Revolution’s again line has been a rotating mish-mash with out Kessler and proper again Brandon Bye, who just lately had profitable ACL surgical procedure. Dynamic left again DeJuan Jones misplaced time to worldwide responsibility and a minor damage.
The one fixed has been first-year middle again Dave Romney, who has performed each minute within the common season and scored the game-winning purpose on a header towards Charlotte.
“It is great to have them both back,” mentioned Peay. “Big personalities and big players for us so at this point, it’s about getting them fit and getting them sharp for matches. They are working hard ever day to get there. Gustavo was featured a little bit late in the last game and I suspect we want to continue that progression.”