It’s Thursday morning here in Foxborough and the players and staff are gathering at Gillette Stadium in preparation for this afternoon’s cross-country trip to Seattle. As is customary with all extensive road trips, the Revs are heading out to the Pacific Northwest a day early to get acclimated to the time change and get in a training session on Friday afternoon.
It could certainly be said that things are looking up for the Revs as they pack their bags for a visit to the Emerald City. Sure, one win (against a Red Bulls team playing with nine men) after a seven-game winless streak does not make everything instantly click, but anyone watching last weekend’s victory will have noticed a huge improvement in the possession game and some increasingly dangerous attacking threats. And yes, the emotion of the win was overshadowed by the loss of goalkeeper Preston Burpo, but the Revs have found a renewed sense of togetherness as a result of the incident.
On top of that, it’s looking more and more likely that the Revs could welcome back a couple of their injured players this weekend in Seattle. Emmanuel Osei hasn’t played since the third game of the season, missing eight games with a right leg infection, but he has been upgraded to “Probable” on the injury report and took part in full training sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. Cory Gibbs missed last weekend’s victory over New York with a right hamstring strain, but he was listed as “Questionable” on Tuesday’s injury report and like Osei, he trained full in both sessions this week.
If both Osei and Gibbs are healthy enough to suit up for the Revs on Saturday night, it would be a huge boost to a team currently lacking in central defenders. With Darrius Barnes (R ankle sprain) also sidelined, the Revolution’s central defensive pairing against New York consisted of midfielders Pat Phelan and Joseph Niouky. While they filled in admirably, Osei and Gibbs would provide stability in the back while allowing Phelan and Niouky to return to their natural positions in midfield.
We’ll keep you updated throughout the weekend, beginning with coverage of the Revolution’s training session on Friday afternoon in Seattle. By that point, we’ll know who was healthy enough to travel, and we’ll have video with a couple of the players and a written preview. That, of course, is all leading up to Saturday, when we’ll have our usual “Revolution Soccer Game Day” and ”Revolution Soccer Postgame” video pieces, along with a written game recap and sidebar.
See you in the Emerald City!