FOXBORO The New England Revolution travel to Texas to take on FC Dallas on Saturday night, and theyll do so knowing that their defense has been pretty good in league competition as of late.
But their offense? Not so much.
The Revolutions 10 goals scored through 12 regular season games is tied for the lowest total in the MLS, with Real Salt Lake.
That number will have to improve if they want to get back in the win column on Saturday, after dropping their last two MLS matches.
But the key on Saturday isnt just scoring. Its scoring first.
Goals, creating chances, and keeping the ball, possessing the ball well, said Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph. I think its just creating more chances and getting that first goal. If we do, its going to help our confidence.
As you saw earlier in the season, when we scored first, we were such a better team. We were a more confident team, and we played better. So if we can get that first one, its going to help us to relax and be a little bit better with the ball.
The Revs will be without one of their best players in Benny Feilhaber, for a few weeks. Feilhaber sprained his right ankle last Saturday night, and according to coach Steve Nicol, will not be available for this weekend or the following weekend, or the following weekend, definitely.
Obviously he has qualities that not too many have, said Nicol on Thursday. But well compensate for that in other ways.
One way theyve tried to compensate is by testing themselves with mother nature. Knowing that it will be extremely hot in Dallas on Saturday, the Revs have been training extra hard this week, and in a sense, simulating their efforts in rough weather conditions.
Nicol has been pushing us this week in practice, and has made practice go a little bit longer, telling guys to stay concentrated, said Joseph. Because we know its going to be hot down there.
What they dont know, is if their scoring touch will remain on a cold streak. And unfortunately for the Revolution, finishing in a game is not something you can simulate at practice.
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