New England Revolution Want To Come Out Fast In Home Opener
The New England Revolution dropped their regular season opener 1-0 against the Colorado Rapids on the road at Dicks Sporting Goods field. Now with their home opener looming this Saturday against Orlando City SC the Rev’s are preparing to try and get everything right for their home opener.
“[It’s] critical that we get things right for Saturday” said Revolution coach Jay Heaps. “We have enough to learn from this past match, we went over the film today, and use it as a learning experience for Saturday.”
In the MLS some of the best teams are ones that win at home like Colorado who happened to be undefeated at home last season. The Rev’s understand the need to play well on their home pitch and are looking to improve on their 9-4-4 home record from last season.
“It’s one of the objectives that we always have as a team, but the reality is the teams that do well in MLS are the teams winning at home. said Heaps.”
With their regular season opener not going as expected Coach Heaps expects different things from his team in their home opener and he thinks coming out fast with urgency is the best way to go against Orlando.
“I want us to find our flow a little bit more. I think that teams are going to try to disrupt it, but we just can’t allow teams to disrupt it to the point where we never get a rhythm. I’d like to find that rhythm, I’d like us to find the urgency that we can play at. When we’re at our highest level, our urgency is fast, our movement is better, and it’s something that we need to make sure that we continue to fight for during a game. If it’s not there, [we’ve] got to find a way to get it there.”
One of the challenges the Revolution will face is the potential of Captain Lee Nguyen missing the home opener after suffering an ankle contusion against the Rapids. With Nguyen officially listed as day-to-day and his status up in the air Heaps thinks the Rev’s are versatile enough to compensate for the loss of their veteran attacking player.
“I think it’s important that we’re versatile enough. When Lee [Nguyen] went out, it was a very easy transition to put Juan [Agudelo] a little higher, but also bring Daigo [Kobayashi] in and have Kelyn [Rowe] and Daigo kind of co-lead that attacking midfield position. I think what’s important is that we continue no matter what the situation was, to have that front five continue to move even when it’s tight and the space isn’t there, we have to find moments in the game to create space and create movement.”
Orlando is going to poise quite the challenge for New England as they finished one point behind the Rev’s last season and have added some talent to their roster, and they opened their year up with a win over New York City FC.
“They’ve added toughness, they’ve added leadership, so obviously they’re going to have a good road mentality. It’s a team that for me, in that very first game, opened that [new] stadium, and showed a lot of emotion and a lot of character. For us, we’re going to have to show our emotion and our character in our home opener.”
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