Revs set sights on MLS Cup

Revs set sights on MLS Cup
March 8, 2014, 9:45 pm
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Last year the Revolution went to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. 

"It was a little bit of pride for us, the fact that we were able to get there and obviously there’s excitement involved for the fans, for the club, for guys who were around when we didn’t make the playoffs for that long of a stretch," says midfielder Kelyn Rowe.

It was a feel-good season that included contributions from young players, but the season ended when the Revs lost to the eventual MLS Cup champions, Sporting KC.

"I think we gained excellent experience last year," says coach Jay Heaps. "We had a lot of young guys play significant minutes, meaningful minutes in important games, so the progression of younger players was sped up because of the way the season played out." 

This year, the Revs have set their sights a bit higher. This year, they're goal is to be the team on the podium when all is said and done. 

"This year [the goal has] got to be to get further into the playoffs and to win a championship," says Heaps.

Heaps' players echo the sentiment.

"There are definitely things we can improve upon and ultimately we want to win the Cup," says goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

To start, the team could focus on stringing together more consistent performances.

"We were streaky at times last year," says defender Chris Tierney. "We didn’t start the year too well, so I think an emphasis this year will be starting well and making sure we keep that consistency."

Expectations will be much higher this year as the Revolution return a core of young talent who now have postseason experience. 

"I think we have a team that’s just as good as we did last year, if not better," says Rowe.

From a front office perspective, last year was a promising glimpse of what the future could hold.

"While we were satisfied with the progress we made last year, we don’t want to get overexcited or too enthusiastic in terms of thinking we’ve made it because we still have a lot of work to do," says GM Michael Burns. 

The journey to hoisting the Cup is now underway.