Revolution aim to halt struggles at D.C. United
While the New England Revolution continue their in-season resurgence, winning has not come easy for D.C. United of late.
However, if the Revolution are to claim a third straight victory, they must snap their seven-game overall road losing streak to D.C. United on Friday night.
New England (6-8-5, 23 points) enters this weekend’s matches just below the playoff line in the Eastern Conference. That’s obviously thanks to its current 4-0-3 stretch that followed the sacking of coach Brad Friedel on May 9.
The Revolution, who have conceded six goals over the last seven matches, improved to 3-0-1 with legendary coach Bruce Arena physically on the touchline after a 2-1 victory at Colorado on July 4. Teal Bunbury scored for the third time in four games in the eighth minute, Juan Caicedo had a goal in the 52nd, and the Revolution held on for another impressive triumph.
“The mood’s high,” Bunbury told the Revolution’s official website. “Undefeated in seven, we don’t want to get complacent. We don’t want to get our heads too full, but we’re definitely in a good place.”
With two road wins, New England has already matched its total from 2018. It last won three straight away from home in 2014. However, the Revs have been outscored 14-2 while losing their last seven, including the playoffs, at D.C. United. New England has also been held without a goal in four straight visits to Washington.
These teams played to a 1-1 draw at New England on May 25. A successful penalty kick by Wayne Rooney (10 goals) in the 90th minute salvaged a point for D.C. United (8-5-7, 31 points), who sit second in the East after a 1-2-5 stretch. Its five-game unbeaten run ended with a 2-0 loss at FC Dallas on July 4.
“We’ll have to have a response from our game in Dallas and put together a very good performance to beat (New England),” coach Ben Olsen told United’s official website.
D.C. United could have the services of midfielder Paul Arriola, who is back from his duties with the U.S. national team. New England, meanwhile, made news this week with the signing of forward Gustavo Bou from Mexico’s Liga MX.
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