Revs ready for home opener

Revs ready for home opener
March 22, 2013, 8:00 pm
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FOXBORO -- The New England Revolution look to get back on the winning track, Saturday, as they host Sporting KC at Gillette Stadium in the team's home-opener of the 2013 regular season.

The Revs enter the match with a 1-1 record, after falling to the Philadelphia Union last weekend, thanks to a late Union goal on a set piece that New England has been working to correct all week long.

"[Philadelphia] moved well off the ball there, and it's something that we've talked about," said Revs goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth after Thursday's practice. "And we've gone over it a couple times already this week. So obviously it's something that we need to move past, and we need to build upon that and not let that happen again."

It marked the only goal the Revolution have allowed in two games this season, and it came on a corner kick that saw Shuttleworth make the initial save.

The Revs will need to keep the ball out of the net on Saturday, as their offense will take a hit because of Jerry Bengtson's return to his Honduras national team.

"We're confident going into this game," said Revs coach Jay Heaps on Thursday. "We know Kansas City's a really stiff opponent, they're really good, they're a tough team to play against. We have to be ready for that."

Shuttleworth got the start in goal last weekend because veteran Matt Reis was sidelined with knee inflammation. Reis enters the weekend as "questionable" so it's unknown as to who will be in goal against Sporting KC on Saturday.

If it is Shuttleworth, he knows what to expect.

"They're a good team," he said. "They possess the ball really well. And they've got a couple very crafty, athletic guys up top. So yeah, I think the most difficult part for us is going to be breaking their pressure and being able to kind of develop the play and get in behind them."