The New England Revolution have found it to be quite a chore to defeat FC Dallas.
The Revolution last defeated FC Dallas in 2011, and they take a swipe at ending a six-game skid against the squad from Texas when the teams meet Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
New England is just 1-7-2 in its last 10 encounters with FC Dallas but is certainly the hotter team entering the latest matchup.
The Revolution (3-1-1) are 3-0-1 over their last four games and have scored multiple goals in each.
They also have been superb at home with an 11-match unbeaten streak (9-0-2) dating back to last season.
“They are a very strong team, a very physical team ... we are just going to have to adapt to it and I have no doubt the team is going to be ready for it,” FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon told reporters. “We are always going to push and go all the way to the level that we bring and that energy that they bring, so we are ready for the challenge.”
FC Dallas (1-0-3) has played back-to-back draws and its lone victory was a 3-0 decision over the Seattle Sounders, the only team in the 23-team league that has yet to notch a point. Midfielder Roland Lamah has scored three of the team’s six goals.
The contest also marks the first road contest of the season for FCD.
“It’s a little weird,” midfielder Jacori Hayes said of the scheduling quirk. “It’s kind of like we’re not used to the hotels anymore, we aren’t used to the traveling, so it’s definitely a new experience for us.”
Midfielder Diego Fagundez leads New England with three goals, while goalkeeper Matt Turner (18 saves, two shutouts) has also been a big factor in the team’s strong start.
“I think he’s done very well, he’s made some crucial stops in most all the games,” Revolution coach Brad Friedel told reporters of Turner. “We’re very happy with his performance overall so far.”
—Field Level Media