One hot and one not so hot MLS team meet Saturday as Minnesota United travels to take on the New England Revolution in Foxborough, Mass.
New England (0-3-1, one point) played without some key players last week and dropped a 2-0 game at home to FC Cincinnati.
The biggest problem facing New England is the lack of being able to put together a full game. In its four starts thus far, the effort has been better in the second half than the opening 45 minutes.
“The confidence is something we have to get back for the players to be able to do it for 90 minutes,” said New England coach Brad Friedel. “The players we have here know whatever we say, it’s not personal. We’re just trying to improve the group collectively. I stand by the fact we have good players and I stand by the fact that once we put it together for 90 minutes, we’ll start getting results. I hope that starts Saturday.”
Minnesota (2-1-0, six points) is coming off a bye during International week where players were called into service for their respective countries.
Adrian Heath, the Minnesota coach, has seen exactly what Friedel talked about in regard to New England.
“I’ve watched the last two or three games and they’ve had key opportunities at crucial moments in games,” said Heath of New England. “We keep saying goals change games. Maybe when you’re at home and you concede a goal maybe sometime against the run of play, you think, here we go again.”
Heath also knows that with Friedel openly questioning some of his players, he is expecting a fired up New England squad.
“They will come out flying on Saturday,” said Heath of New England. “We have to be ready for that and there will be no excuses. When the coach calls you out, invariably players react, so we have to be ready for that.”
—Field Level Media