Prior to the current three-game home-stand – which wraps up on Wednesday night against Chivas USA – I spoke about how critical this opportunity was for the Revolution to rack up some points early in the season. After all, this represented the Revs’ longest home-stand of the regular season and a chance to position themselves near the top of the Eastern Conference as we inch closer to the World Cup break in June.
Now two-thirds of the way into the home-stand, things haven’t exactly panned out the way the club would’ve liked. A loss to the Colorado Rapids and a draw with FC Dallas have left the Revolution with just one point from a possible six, and as a result, the spotlight now shines on Chivas USA’s visit this Wednesday night as the Revs look to salvage a victory from the home-stand.
With some of the club’s top players sidelined (Shalrie Joseph, Taylor Twellman, Matt Reis), the Revs know that they must dig in their heels in order to grind out some positive results in the coming weeks.
I spoke with both Darrius Barnes and Pat Phelan after training today, and one of the questions I asked was about pride. I wanted to know if the players felt a sense of responsibility to defend their home field and at least grab one victory as the home-stand comes to a close. Here’s what they had to say …
“This is a big one. This will be a big game for us. If we can get a win coming out here on Wednesday, that’ll put us right back in the mix of things. I definitely look at this – in my eyes – as a must-win game for us, especially with this being the last game of the home-stand. We don’t want to go winless in this home-stand. So we want to go into these next couple games that we have in May on a high note.”
“I think the fans aren’t too happy with the product we’re putting on the field right now, and deservedly so. We want to go out on a bright note. We want to pick up three points before we head into a tough game in Columbus.”