The New England Revolution are working their way towards full health, according to head coach Jay Heaps.
Two notable names were missing for the Revs on Sunday as both Juan Agudelo and Jose Goncalves were sidelined with minor knocks. The coaching staff is keeping an eye on both players, hoping that they'll be available for this weekend's match against D.C United.
Agudelo has missed two consecutive games due to a right hamstring strain. The striker has progressed in recent days, with Heaps saying that he's "expecting him as an option."
Goncalves' injury is a more recent development, as the captain didn't appear on last weekend's report. Heaps is optimistic about Goncalves, though he's not ready to set a timeline for his return.
"We thought we might be able to get him in [against Orlando City], then we thought long and hard about the next few weeks and how many games we have coming up," Heaps explained. "We'll see as this week goes on. I think he'll be ready, if not this week, at least for the [next] week."
If Goncalves isn't ready to go, expect Je-Vaughn Watson to pair with Andrew Farrell in the middle. The duo worked through some early kinks to pull together an impressive showing against Orlando.
Heaps noted that the back line's success against Kaka, Cyle Larin, and the rest of the Lion's talented attack can be largely credited to Watson's experience and talent.
"He's just one of those guys where you have a few words with him and he understands exactly what we're trying to do," Heaps praised. "Very intellectual player in that his soccer IQ is pretty seamless whether you put him at left back, center back, or right back."