By Danny Picard
The goal on Wednesday night for the New England Revolution is simple: score first.
Easier said than done, of course, but when the Revs allow the first goal this season, they are 2-11-1. And two of those 11 losses, while allowing the opponent to score before them, have come in the last two games a 2-0 loss to Chivas USA on Sept. 10, and a 3-0 loss to Colorado last Saturday.
Losing on the road is also a trend New England would like to avoid on Wednesday night, as they travel to FC Dallas. The Revs have a league-worst 1-10-1 road record this season, and after Wednesday nights match in Dallas, theyll only have two more games away from home the rest of the season.
But at this point, the results of the teams three remaining home games may not matter, as the Revs enter Wednesdays match as the seventh-place team (out of eight) in the Eastern Conference, with playoff hopes quickly fading away with each game that doesnt end with a win.
Dallas, meanwhile, is right in the thick of a playoff race, entering its match with New England as the third-place team in the Western Conference.
Still, the Revs will be looking to provide offense on Wednesday night, and will be looking for only their second win in their last eight matches.
Once again, easier said than done, as Dallas hasnt lost a match in its last 15 games (8-0-7 during that span).
If anything at all, at least the Revolution can try and play the role of spoiler.
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