The New England Revolution host Western Conference leaders FC Dallas this weekend. Hopefully the conditions at Gillette will be better than last weekend windfest, which made any type of passing game near impossible.
The Revolution go into this game in a tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference with 4 points from 3 matches, while FCD sit atop the Western Conference with 9 points from 4 matches after beating RSL 2-0 last weekend.
To help preview this game I have reached out to Drew Epperley from Big D Soccer to get his take on FCD’s trip to New England.
It’s been a really good start to the season for FC Dallas. Have you been surprised with how the team has played?
At times yes, but truthfully I’ve always said that when this squad is healthy like they are right now that they can beat anyone. The Chivas game was a disappointment but two solid home wins have made up for it in a big way.
What FCD players should we keep our eye on?
Definitely should watch out for Jackson. His speed from the wings has been killer lately and as you saw against RSL on his go, he never stops running after the ball.
What have you thought about NE’s season so far?
Defensively much better. Andrew Ferrell has been good to watch so far and the rest of the defense seems to be coming together. Now that offense needs some work and healthy bodies. Maybe having Jerry Bengston back will help.
What Revs player(s) are you most concerned about?
A guy most FCD fans are familiar with – Juan Toja. He may have it out for this game, playing his old club and coach (Schellas Hyndman). Outside of him, Bengston if he starts could present problems, same with Lee Nguyen.
Do you have a prediction on the score?
1-1 …Dallas on the road hasn’t been that good yet and they need to prove they can get results in games like this. A draw seems likely.
My thanks to Drew for taking the time to answer my questions. After last week’s disappointing against SKC, Jay Heaps needs a better performance for his side this weekend.
I agree with Drew that a draw is the most likely result, and I go for 1-1 also.