The New England Revolution coaching staff was hoping that Wednesday’s game against the Portland Timbers would be a big one for Charlie Davies. The striker had been struggling with a hamstring injury for the last few weeks, limiting him to only cameo appearances since March 12. With a close eye on his health, it was decided that Wednesday would be the perfect opportunity to reintroduce Davies to the starting lineup.
Then came the disappointment.
Deep into the first half, Davies fell to the turf with a groin injury. Unable to continue, Davies made way for Juan Agudelo in the 35th minute, forcing head coach Jay Heaps to burn an early sub. More upsetting than straying from the game plan was seeing the passionate Davies suffer another injury.
"We were really saying, all right, let’s get [Davies] in the mid-week game and then him going down, was a pretty big blow," Heaps said. "You hate it to be Charlie...He’s the one guy on our team that really has that hunger for the goal a little bit ahead of everyone else and it was tough to see him go down."
Heaps wasn’t ready to give a prognosis at his post-game press conference, noting that Davies was still receiving treatment. With a forthcoming game just days away, however, it’s likely that Heaps is already considering his forward options, which include Agudelo and Femi Hollinger-Janzen. Teal Bunbury could also be in contention, though he failed to make the gameday 18 on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury.
Regardless of who marshals the front line, the common consensus in the Revolution locker room is that three points are a must. To do that, the team needs to get the ball into the back of the net, something that's easier said than done.
"Just a little bit of sharpness," Agudelo said of what’s missing for the Revolution attack. "And maybe some players [need to have] a little bit more selfishness to just maybe get a shot off, whatever, a deflection and maybe it goes in."