Revs face tough challenge in K.C.

Revs face tough challenge in K.C.
July 30, 2011, 1:21 am
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By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO The New England Revolution conclude a three-game road trip on Saturday night, when they take on Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Sporting Park.

Its a place where Sporting just doesnt lose. In fact, Kansas City is unbeaten in their state-of-the-art stadium, since it opened in early June.

Sporting K.C. is also riding a hot streak no matter where they play. Since May 21, and after starting the season with a 1-6-1 record, they are 5-0-7 in their last 12 games, and enter Saturdays match as the fourth-place team in the Eastern Conference with 26 points.

New England is coming off a pair of road games in which they snapped a brutal nine-
game winless skid with a 1-0 win against D.C. United on July 20. The Revs followed that up with a 2-2 draw against Colorado last Saturday, and have moved from last place in the East (out of nine), to seventh.

Needless to say, its given the Revolution a whole lot more confidence.

Any confidence is always good, said Revs coach Steve Nicol. And to get it away
from home, is even better. Weve had a tough stretch of away games, which means were going to get some home games. But we need to capitalize on that and get some wins.

We have to get Kansas City on the back foot, said Nicol. If theyre on the back foot, theyre not going to cause us problems. I think thats the key to the start of the game.

--Zak Boggs (ankle) and Ryan Cochrane (foot) were both listed as probable on Fridays injury report, while Kevin Alston (Hallux Rigidus) was listed as questionable and Kheli Dube (whiplash) and Alan Koger (heel) were ruled out.

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