Revs face tough test in Sporting KC

Revs face tough test in Sporting KC
August 9, 2013, 8:15 pm
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FOXBORO -- The New England Revolution will have their hands full on Saturday night, as they hit the road to take on Sporting KC, the second-place team in the Eastern Conference.

While KC has 36 points -- just two points behind the first-place New York Red Bulls -- the Revolution aren't far behind, with 30 points.

The Revs enter the match as the sixth-place team in the East, three points behind the Houston Dynamo for the fifth and final playoff spot in the conference.

New England is coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss to Toronto FC last weekend at Gillette Stadium. But there's plenty of excitement in the organization after adding veteran striker and former U.S. National Team member Charlie Davies.

Davies comes to the Revolution on loan, with a purchase option from Denmark's Randers FC, after New England traded their final selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft to D.C. United.

"Charlie is an exciting, dynamic player who we believe can excel with us," said Revolution general manager Michael Burns. “He’s a local product who’s been on our radar since his teenage years, so we’re pleased the opportunity arose to bring him to our club. Charlie’s arrival will give us more options on the field, and will hopefully be a great boost as we head into the final few months of the season in search of a playoff berth.”

The Revs could see the return of Juan Agudelo on Saturday, after missing the last seven games with a knee sprain. Also, midfielder Clyde Simms is listed as questionable with turf toe.

Meanwhile, on KC's end, U.S. National Team midfielder Graham Zusi is listed as questionable with a quad strain. Also, Paulo Nagamura (ankle) and Josh Gardner (hamstring) will not play for Sporting KC.