The Revolution continue its tour of the top attacking teams in Major League Soccer this afternoon against the Houston Dynamo.
After a handful of down seasons, the Dynamo have come flying out of the gate in 2017, winning three of four matches while scoring nearly three goals per outing. All the early-season headlines have focused on Erick Torres, who has scored a league-high six goals in just 345 minutes of play. Torres has consistently benefited from the support from box-to-box midfielder Alex, who leads MLS with four assists.
Revs gaffer Jay Heaps understands the threat Houston’s attack poses.
“They’re an excellent attacking team, they defend well, they hit you with a couple of different attackers, and of course their center forward [Torres] is playing extremely well and scoring a lot of goals,” Heaps said in a team release.
Despite this strong attacking start, the Dynamo have yet to prove they can keep pace on the road. During the club’s lone road match this season, Wilmer Cabrera’s side conceded four goals to the Portland Timbers during a 4-2 loss.
Kelyn Rowe thinks the Revolution may have equal success pushing forward against the Dynamo.
“If a team is going to come in and take some risks, there are going to be a lot of open spots. You’ve seen us at home, we score a ton of goals and we find those gaps,” Rowe said. “If we can do that, if they do take those risks, if we can find those gaps and finish our chances, I think it’s going to be a good game.”
Still, the Revolution midfielder knows a challenge lays ahead.
“It’s going to be a battle,” Rowe continued, “because Houston is ... on that high coming in here, so we need to make sure we can buckle down and prepare for a fight.”
Kick-off time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
TV Broadcast: CSN-NE
Streaming: MLS Live
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
New England: Cody Cropper; Andrew Farrell, Antonio Delamea, Benjamin Angoua, Chris Tierney; Scott Caldwell, Xavier Kouassi, Lee Nguyen, Diego Fagundez; Juan Agudelo, Kei Kamara
Houston: Tyler Deric; AJ DeLaGarza, Adolfo Machado, Leonardo, DaMarcus Beasley; Ricardo Clark, Eric Alexander, Alex; Alberth Elis, Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres, Mauro Manotas