By Danny Picard
FOXBORO After beginning the season with at least one point in each of their first four games, the New England Revolution are currently looking at a two-game losing skid, and are winless in their last four matches.
Theyll try to snap that streak on Saturday night when they return home to host Sporting Kansas City at Gillette Stadium.
New England is coming off a 1-0 loss in Houston last weekend, a game in which the Revs were without captain Shalrie Joseph and midfielder Pat Phelan, thanks to straight red cards in their previous game, a 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake.
But Joseph and Phelan return on Saturday night against Kansas City. And Revolution coach Steve Nicol hopes theyll also be playing with newly acquired midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who signed with the team on Wednesday.
Nicol said after Wednesdays practice that he hopes to get Feilhaber into the starting lineup as soon as possible, which would help the Revs get back on track.
Some of the problems we had last year were a lack of experience and passing the ball, Nicol said after Wednesdays practice. Hes a guy who, without a shadow of a doubt brings loads and loads of both. It makes sense.
Feilhabers veteran presence will start what Nicol calls a healthy competition in the Revs midfield. But the main focus this week was creating chances, in an effort to break the teams two-game scoreless drought.
The big thing for us is, we need to make chances, Nicol said. Were not going to win games, unless we make chances. And that means we have to be in the opposing penalty, to be able to get those chances. Thats really what were looking at.
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