The New England Revolution have a busy scheduling coming up with three Major League Soccer matches over the next nine days, beginning Saturday night with a showdown against New York Red Bulls.
The Revolution have struggled over the first two months of the 2019 season and enter this weekend at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with a 1-1-5 record. Despite the tough schedule ahead, Revs coach Brad Friedel is making sure his players stay focused and not look ahead.
"Because of the situation that we're in with recent results, we are well and truly focused on New York. I don't think we have the luxury right now to be looking forward," Friedel said Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub show "Zolak and Bertrand." "We've got to look at what's in front of us. We've got to be far more resilient at the back. We have to get our first clean sheet of the season.
"We have to build on that, and then hopefully the goals will come. Then, hopefully after three points against New York, then we can focus on Montreal. It's a one-game-at-a-time (mentality) right now."
Here's a snapshot of New England's results so far, along with a look at what lies ahead.
The Revolution have a good opportunity to pick up some much-needed points in the standings during this stretch. New York Red Bulls also are struggling out of the gate with a 1-2-3 record, and Sporting Kansas City is seventh in the Western Conference at 2-3-1. The Montreal Impact are third in the East at 3-2-2.
The Revs' attack must improve ASAP if they're going to start a climb up the standings. New England has had trouble generating offense all season with just five goals scored through seven games. Atlanta United F.C. (four goals) is the only team in MLS with fewer goals scored.
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