New England Revolution Utilizing Extra Week Preparing For FC Dallas
The New England Revolution got hit by the unpredictable weather in New England as the team was forced to cancel their home opener this past weekend against Orlando City SC. Despite the cancellation of the game that Revolution get one more week of training to prepare for their upcoming road trip to take on FC Dallas.
The trip to Dallas is the second road match this year for the Rev’s but Head Coach Jay Heaps made sure to point out the differences between playing against Colorado and playing against Dallas.
“[We] have to learn from the Colorado trip, but in the end, different animals all together in the sense that first game of the year, you’re feeling each other out. I think Dallas is going to be six games in now in terms of having CONCACAF [Champions’ League], in terms of playing a midweek game coming up on Wednesday. They’re already basically seven, eight games in. We have to be ready for a midseason game.”
With Dallas playing in the Champions League in addition to their already played MLS games their team has more game film available to be consumed by the Revolution coaching staff. But as Heaps smartly points out watching game film doesn’t always show what a team is going to do in their next match.
“Yes and no. I think it also puts us in a spot where I think that they may change guys and they can be a little bit more creative, because they got some guys some rest from the weekend and go after it on Wednesday, and we can see a couple of those guys that played against Kansas City be back in. It’s going to be a week where our preparation is going to be about what we think we need to do to beat them, but at the same time, can’t control what they’re going to do. We can see what we think their trends are, see what their tendencies are, but at the same time, it’s going to be hard to pick the personnel.”
Playing the defending MLS Champions is always going to be a challenge for any squad, but looking up and down the New England lineup shows a Revolution team that is excited to take on this Dallas team.
“If you’re not looking forward to it and taking advantage of an opportunity like this, then I don’t know what – you shouldn’t be on the field, I guess” said midfielder Scott Caldwell. “Everyone has got to look forward to this and want to prove themselves against the best. Not only proving themselves every day, but against good competition you show and you can really use a good result to kind of push us forward in this beginning part of the season.”
For those who are anxious to watch Revolution soccer after two weeks off they can tune in at 8:00pm eastern to watch the Revolution take on the reigning Supporters Shield Champions.