New England captain Shalrie Joseph believes his side can take confidence from their 2-1 loss at the hands of New York last week in to their crucial bottom of the table tie against fellow strugglers Toronto FC.
Both teams are struggling badly at the bottom of the MLS and will be desperate to secure maximum points – but neither party have covered themselves in glory in recent weeks.
The Revolution are without a win in their last four games, while Toronto haven’t tasted success in their last six outings. But that is only the start of the problems for New England – Steve Nicol’s side have only found the net 11 times this season, an MLS all-time low.
Now Joseph, who has bagged four of the team’s eleven goals this season, believes his side will be encouraged after finding the net against New York and breaking a 601 minute streak without a goal.
“Right now it's encouraging that we actually scored a goal and we can take away some positives from that," said captain Shalrie Joseph, who had a penalty kick saved in the defeat.” He said.
"On Wednesday, we're going to take it to Toronto from the start of the whistle and try to get that first goal," Joseph said. "Once we do that, I think it's going to help us settle the team a little bit." He added.
Zak Bloggs’s second half strike helped his side register on the scoresheet for the first game since their 2-1 defeat against the San Jose Earthquakes last month – but Nicol was left despairing after his side spurned a series of gilt edge chances that would have given his side their second win in eight games.
New England will be encourages by Toronto’s poor defensive record which has seen them ship 25 goals so far this campaign. A draw with LA Galaxy in their last game would have given the visitors hope of claiming a valuable win, but they will go into the game against New England without Julian de Guzman and Dicoy Williams, who are away on international duty.