FOXBORO -- With four games left in the regular season, every match, every point, every goal counts for the New England Revolution as they eye a playoff berth.
The Revolution (11-11-8) stood in sixth place in the Eastern Conference (just out of a postseason spot) with 41 points following a 1-1 draw against the Houston Dynamo (12-10-8) on Saturday night. They will head out on the road to play three of their last four games away from Gillette Stadium, facing the New York Red Bulls (15-9-6), Montreal Impact (13-9-7) and Columbus Crew (11-14-5) in enemy territory before closing out the regular season at home against the Crew.
"I think no matter what happened tonight, it was going to be a tough four games coming up," said head coach Jay Heaps. "I'm proud of the guys the way we played (against the Dynamo), but at the same time we have four games left that we have to get points in, and there's no question in my mind it's going to be a tough road."
The players are on the same page as their coach. Following the tie, the Revolution were aware of their place in the standings and focused on earning every point they can in the remainder of the season.
"We've just got to stick with the plan and trust in the players that we have and the way that we're trying to play, which is creating chances and getting our attacking players in good spots to score goals," said Chris Tierney. "I thought all of our attacking players were really good creating chances -- it's just about taking them. There's times when you need that slice of luck so hopefully we'll get it in these next few games coming up."
While the majority of their games are on the road, the Revolution can't let the pressures of the opposing crowd affect their play. A.J. Soares is confident his team will be able to play just as well outside of Foxboro. To him it's all about mentality, not location.
"(The key to winning on the road is) going into the game and playing with no fear," Soares said. "We played well on the road but sometimes teams go into places and they're nervous because of they're in a foreign environment. But we've just got to go there and say, 'We've got nothing to lose. Let's just go out there and play football, attack, and trust our players.' I think if we do that, we'll be fine. We've won in tough places and I think this group can do it."
Four games, four opportunities. The Revolution believe those are enough chances to secure a spot in the playoffs.
"We have the objective to make the playoffs because it's been a long time that New England wasn't in the playoffs," said Saer Sene. "We can make it, we're a good team, and we're going to work hard until the end."