By Melissa Turtinen
The New England Revolution head to Dallas today looking for its first road win of the season. Too bad the Revs are running into a team that has been on quite the hot streak.
FC Dallas (6-3-4, 22 points) has won its last eight games, which includes a 531-minute shutout streak and five shutouts in May. Dallas finally let up a goal, or two, against the Houston Dynamo in its 2-2 tie on May 28.
While Dallas has been thriving, the Revolution (3-5-4, 13 points) has struggled with one-goal margin losses. The Revs lost to the LA Galaxy 1-0 on May 28 and a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on May 21. Between those two games the Revs also lost a U.S. Open Cup game 5-0 to Sporting Kansas City on May 25.
“We had three great chances, we just didn’t quite get it done,” head coach Steve Nicol told reporters after the Revs 1-0 loss to the Galaxy. “That kind of sums up a lot of the stuff we’re doing. Sometimes we look pretty good, but we just don’t get it done. That’s where we are at the moment.”
The Revolution has been shutout five times this season, and it looks to change that on Saturday by controlling possession and beating the 90-degree heat expected over the weekend in Dallas.
Dallas is the defending Western Conference champions and is second place in league standings, but the Revs have a positive history against the Texas club. New England is 11-5-2 all-time for regular-season road games against the club. The Revolution also won is first-ever cup championship with a 3-2 victory over FCD in 2007.
The Revs will be without Marko Perovic for the remainder of the 2011 season. The midfielder underwent knee surgery on Friday. The 27-year old suffered an injury on April 23 against Sporting Kansas City that aggravated a preexisting knee injury.
Kickoff for the match is at 8:30 p.m. EST (7:30 p.m. CT) at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. It will be aired on ComcastSportsNet and 98.5 The Sports Hube HD2 radio.
Melissa Turtinen is a contributing writer for The Soccer Guys.