Revolution Looking To Build Off Recent Success As They Prepare For Chicago
The New England Revolution are winners of two straight matches. One against the LA Galaxy and the other this past weekend against the Philadelphia Union. Coming up on Saturday the Rev’s have the chance to make it three straight.
But the challenges of going on the road are a daunting task. Revolution Coach Jay Heaps is looking to take the positives from the previous two games and use it to their advantage on the road.
“I think to use the positives and try to keep momentum going, but at the same time, understand the things that we did in each of the games that got us the results. It was hard work and it started here on the pitch on the training field.”
New England is always looking to put in a solid week of training ahead of their matches. Of course the definition of the good week changes from coach-to-coach. Coach Heaps definition includes setting objectives for the squad and hitting those throughout the week.
“Obviously, when you outline the objectives for the day and you put it together in a big picture for the week and then we hit on all those objectives. Obviously, as a staff, we discuss it with the players, what we want to hit. Last week, it was simple messages, but we hit all the objectives in each training session.”
The Chicago Fire poise an interesting challenge for New England. Chicago sits in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference and New England will need to be locked in if they hope to grab their third victory in a row.
Whenever you go on the road, the margins for error shrink. We just have to lock in and have the principled defending be key, and I think offensively, we’ll get chances. We just have to make sure we don’t give anything away.”
Against the Union, New England was able to maintain a shut out in an impressive defensive effort. That effort is something they will need again to control the Fire.
“Of course. That’s how we usually approach each game, but in particular, the road games, because like I said, the margins for error are very slim. For us. if we can focus for 90 minutes and play – I guess that focus is on both sides of the ball, but more so on the defensive side – we’ll be alright.”