The Reds are back on the road looking to avenge their loss in New England earlier this season. Here are the Benjamin Moore three keys to Saturday night’s match vs. the Revolution.
Back to Basics
After a performance like we saw on Wednesday night, the Reds need to hit the reset button.
Yes, a derby loss stings, but it’s hardly any reason to panic. TFC still stand atop the league, 11 points clear of second-place New York City FC, and have a chance to clinch the Supporters’ Shield on Saturday night. But if they’re to get back to winning ways, they’ll need to return to the formula that’s brought them so much success in 2017.
The Reds have been so good at creating turnovers and forcing mistakes from the opposition, but the tables were turned against Montreal at BMO Field. To get the three points on Saturday, TFC will need commit to their team shape, starting with Michael Bradley’s role in the midfield as the main fulcrum of the attack. With him dropping deep in the midfield, the Reds can certainly cause problems for the Revs.
Beware of the Unknown
It’s been a rough season for the Revs, and it all came to a head on their latest road trip, dropping both matches in Atlanta and Kansas City, 7-0 and 3-1, respectively.
Those two performances cost Jay Heaps his job, meaning interim head coach Tom Soehn will be at the helm for the first time on Saturday night. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see Soehn change things up and give the Revs a new look as is often the case when an assistant coach takes over midseason. The change on the touchline could give the Revs a shot in the arm, so TFC will need to be wary of a new-look New England side.
Defend, Defend, Defend
TFC have been stellar on the defensive side of the ball, giving up the fewest goals in the Eastern Conference, but Wednesday simply wasn’t good enough.
Conceding five goals at home equalled the amount of goals they’d given up in the nine games prior to their clash with the Impact, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to write that match off as an anomaly. Even still, head coach Greg Vanney has been preaching a renewed committed to the team’s defensive efforts. Individual mistakes and mental lapses cost the team their last time out, and they’ll need to clean up those mishaps in order to walk away with three points on Saturday night.