New England Revolution Are Looking To Build Off Of Their Success At Gillette Stadium
Coming off of two big wins at home, the New England Revolution are heading to New York to take on the Red Bulls. The Rev’s home success is nothing new given they haven’t lost at home in 10 games (8-0-2), but now their goals is to translate their home winning ways to the road.
“Obviously, you want to take care of your business at home, but you want to make sure that you’re pushing the group alNew ong said coach Jay Heaps. I thought both games were very different in how we played and how the performance was. Against Salt Lake, I thought it was a really good performance front to back. Columbus was a little different in the sense that we didn’t go out and blow them out of the water, but at the same time, we fought really hard. I thought our guys put in a really good mental shift, a really good physical shift. For me, that’s the kind of performance you need to take and need to have on the road as well. Things aren’t always going to go right – we made some adjustments and we were able to take advantage of the opportunities when they were there.”
Coach Heaps isn’t the only one looking to build off the previous two wins over Real Salt Lake and Columbus. New England Midfielder Lee Nguyen undertand’s how they need to take their momentum on the road for two pivotal games.
“It was great momentum and great results that needed when we were here at home, and now we’ve got to take that on the road. These are going to be two big games against Eastern Conference teams, so we’re going to need results to push up in the standings.”
In an effort to make the game against the New York Red Bulls a more homely atmosphere, nearly 1000 traveling supporters will join the team in New York, and the team is ecstatic for the opportunity to play in front of so many of their fans on the road and the boost it can provide.
Coach Heaps: “For me, it’s such an exciting road trip in the sense that we know they’re going to be there. We love playing in front of [our supporters]. You love going to an away game, but you feel like your support is there. It meant a lot to us in [the] ’14 [Eastern Conference finals] and really was something that you can tell was something that most guys on that field that day remember well. Now, we just have to make sure we make more memories and try to get them involved in the game like we did in ’14.”
Midfielder Kelyn Rowe also showed excitement about playing in front of 1000 fans on the road and even dreamed of a scenario where it could help out the team.
“It’s the best kind of boost you can get, especially on the road. To have those fans cheer when you’re in that corner, and you can actually hear them on the other side of the field, which is incredible because of the fans that [the] Red Bulls get. For us to have that support system in the back of our minds when maybe it’s the 70th minute and we need a goal, or hopefully we’re in the lead and we’re trying to run it out. To have that support system is incredible and cheers to the fans.”
The game against the Red Bulls will take place Saturday at 7:30pm.