Foxborough, MA (Sports Network) - A pivotal matchup in the Eastern Conference
playoff race takes place at Gillette Stadium on Saturday as fifth-place New
England Revolution hosts fourth-place Houston Dynamo.
The Dynamo owns a three-point lead over the Revs with five games to play,
while there are three teams within two points of New England for the final
playoff spot, leaving little room for error.
New England was in jeopardy of dropping crucial points against D.C. United
after Scott Caldwell's own goal but the Revs behind, 1-0, at halftime.
After losing their previous two games the Revs could not afford to drop more
points against lowly United, and Jay Heaps saw his team respond with second-
half goals from Diego Fagundez and Lee Nguyen to claim three vital points.
"For me and for our team we are going one game at a time," said Heaps after
the win. "So every game we step on the field we are preparing for a must-win.
And I think we're at the point now in the season where points are vital and we
have to go out there and do whatever we can to get three, especially at home."
New England will close the season with three of its final four games on the
road after Saturday's home contest, placing added importance on a positive
result for the Revs.
Houston snapped a four-match winless streak with back-to-back wins, including
a 5-1 triumph against Chivas USA last weekend.
The Dynamo gave away a bad goal in the 50th minute to Chivas midfielder Eric
Avila that leveled the match at 1-1.
Houston could have fallen apart after a goal like that, but the fact that the
Dynamo scored four times over the final 40 minutes indicates the improved
character of the team.
"I think that shows the character of this team," Dynamo forward Will Bruin
said about the team's response. "A few weeks ago, maybe we put our heads down
and feel sorry for ourselves. This week we've had a few meetings and have
really come together a lot as a team and these last two performances have
Houston kept that positive momentum going in midweek as well with a 2-0
victory over W Connection in CONCACAF Champions League play, leaving the team
in position to advance to the knockout round.
After the New England match, Houston will play its next three league games at
home, setting the team up for another strong push late in the season.
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