FOXBORO -- The New England Revolution enter their third game of the 2012 season, still searching for both their first win, and their first goal.
Only three teams in the MLS have yet to put a ball in the back of the net -- Columbus Crew, Chivas USA, and New England.
The Revs have begun the regular season on a two-game losing skid, dropping their first two matches. The first came in a 1-0 loss in San Jose, and the second came in a 3-0 loss last weekend in Kansas City.
It was a continuation of the team's similar road woes from 2011, in which New England only won one game away from home. In fact, the Revolution have only won two of their last 32 regular-season matches away from Gillette Stadium.
So with Saturday's game against the Portland Timbers being New England's home opener, coach Jay Heaps hopes the comforts of being at Gillette Stadium will be beneficial.
"Make no mistake about it, when we draw up where we want to be as a team and what kind of goals we have as a group, establishing home dominance is important," said Heaps. "Establishing ways to get points at home is crucial to a team and it's crucial to us."
As well it should be. Especially Saturday's home game. Because following Saturday, the Revolution hit the road once again, traveling to Los Angeles and Dallas, before returning home again on April 14 to host D.C. United.
"The way the schedule's set up, a lot of times early in the year when you're a Northeast team, the odds are really against you," said Heaps. "You've got to take your shots when you can. You can't leave anything on the table when you have the opportunity to get points."
With their 0-2 record, the Revs enter Saturday's match as the last-place team in the Eastern Conference. Portland enters as the fourth-place team in the Western Conference, with a 1-0-1 record.
If the Revolution want to pick up their first win of the season on Saturday, they'll have to do it without Darrius Barnes (calf), Zak Boggs (ankle), Benny Feilhaber (peroneal strain), John Lozano (hip flexor), and Sainey Nyassi (hamstring), who were all listed as "out" on Friday's injury report.