The New England Revolution haven’t won a match in more than two months.
New England certainly is in need of a turnaround if it wishes to claim one of the six Eastern Conference playoff spots.
The seventh-place Revolution look to post their first win since June 30 as well as halt an eight-match winless stretch when they host the Portland Timbers on Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
Since defeating D.C. United on the final day of June, the Revolution (7-10-8, 29 points) have been outscored 16-8. They find themselves four points behind sixth-place Montreal but have played two fewer games.
“We’re still not out of it and we need to know that,” New England midfielder Diego Fagundez told reporters. “Now there are nine more games left and we know that every game is going to be a final for us. I wouldn’t say it’s the best scenario, but for us, if we can get this stretch going and get momentum going, then we can get into the playoffs with a little momentum and that’s how we want our team to go.
“It’s not the best situation right now, but with this team I know we can definitely do it, and it’s possible.”
Portland (11-7-7, 40 points) has been experiencing its own issues but ended a season-worst four-game slide with a 2-0 victory over Toronto FC on Wednesday.
The Timbers reside in fifth place in the Western Conference but three teams are three or fewer points behind. On the other hand, Portland is just six points back of first-place FC Dallas.
But the Timbers are facing a short preparation period and a long trip to the East and that worries coach Giovanni Savarese.
“What we want to make sure is that we have a fresh team to be able to play against New England,” Savarese told reporters. “It’s the last long travel that we have, so for us, it’s important. New England is a very physical team, especially at home. We have to have a team that is fresh and ready to be able to compete.”
Midfielder Diego Valeri will look to get back on track after being scoreless in four straight matches. The 32-year-old Argentinian leads Portland with nine goals and 10 assists.
Forward Samuel Armenteros has eight goals for the Timbers but has gone three matches without one.
New England forward Teal Bunbury has scored a team-best 11 goals but missed last Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union due to knee and hamstring issues. Revolution coach Brad Friedel said he is hopeful that Bunbury will be available against the Timbers.
—Field Level Media