Another match, another draw. The routine continued on Wednesday as a late Portland Timbers own goal canceled out debutant Jack Barmby's opener. Salvaging a point did not come easy, however, as striker Charlie Davies was replaced in the 35th minute after suffering a groin injury. The Revolution's winless streak has reached four, and they have shifted their attention on short rest to this weekend's opponents, fourth place Orlando City SC.
New England: DLD
While it is far too early in the season to call any game a "must-win," this one is pretty darn close. After six draws in nine matches, frustration among Revs fans is at its peak. Too many draws are frustrating as is, but when your team draws a game in which they dominated approaches infuriating. The Revolution owned the possession advantage on Wednesday, keeping the ball 62% of the time. The midfield did a stellar job tactically, and both fullbacks held their ground on the overlap. The attack, albeit crippled with injuries, canceled out this performance managing just 2 shots on goal. Both Davies and Teal Bunbury will presumably be left off the gameday 18 tomorrow night, which will leave the goalscoring burden to Juan Agudelo and Femi Hollinger-Janzen.
The Lions conceded three goals during a 10 minute collapse in the second half of their match last weekend at Red Bull Arena, as New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips' brace gave the Red Bulls a 3-2 win. After opening their season with two draws and two wins which left them at the top of the Eastern Conference, OCSC has not won in over three weeks. New additions such as Julio Baptista and Antonio Nocerino have yet to make an impact, and the club has become reliant on the attacking pair of Cyle Larin and Kaká. Since their conception in MLS, Orlando has not been able to establish themselves one way or another. They have defined themselves as neither a force to be reckoned with nor a pushover. The enigmatic nature around this team continued just last night, as reports came out that OCSC defender Aurelien Collin has been traded to the Red Bulls.
Will we see Heaps-Heath II? At the conclusion of the meeting between these two teams just 12 days ago, the two head coaches engaged in a screaming fight. The last few minutes of that matchup were emotionally charged, as both teams scored stoppage time goals as a result of questionable officiating. Although Jay Heaps praised Adrian Heath in his postgame press conference, let's hope for our own entertainment that they still have beef.
Heaps v Heath. Round 2. https://t.co/EZod9Z8v6B— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) April 17, 2016
Revs fans will be on edge tomorrow night and will only be placated with a win. The Revolution will look to seldom used options to step up once again if Chris Tierney and Charlie Davies are unavailable again. Their replacements, Donnie Smith and Hollinger-Janzen, however, were difference makers on Wednesday. Jay Heaps will be looking for replicated productions tomorrow. If New England drops even more points, they will be in trouble as the next stretch of games includes two of the three best teams in the league right now in FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy. Yes, it is a frustrating time for the Revs, but their time will come. We just hope that will be tomorrow.
The Revolution host Orlando City SC at 7:30 PM EST on Saturday.