With leading scorer Taylor Twellman having ended his scoring drought, the New England Revolution hope to bounce back from a disappointing road stretch when they return to Foxborough for the first time in three weeks to face the Kansas City Wizards on Wednesday night.
The Revolution (6-6-9) earned a 1-1 tie with Chivas USA on Sunday. Twellman scored an early goal—the forward’s team-leading ninth of the season—in the 16th minute on a pass from Pat Noonan seven yards inside the left post. Chivas USA’s Jesse Marsch answered quickly, tying the game in the 22nd minute.
Twellman, the reigning league MVP and fifth in MLS in goals, hadn’t scored since July 14 against Real Salt Lake.
New England tied all three road games by a 1-1 score. The Revolution are 0-1-3 in their last four and haven’t won since July 8 against Chicago.
“We’re still not creating enough chances and offensively we’re not dangerous enough,” Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis said. “At the beginning of the year, if you say you can get a point from every road game then I think we’d take it.”
The Revolution are in second place in the Eastern Conference, 18 points behind D.C. United and three points ahead of the New York Red Bulls.
“We’ve got to take advantage of (playing at home),” Twellman said. “Obviously being at home doesn’t guarantee points, but we need to take care of it.”
New England is 4-2-2 at home and has won two of its last three at Gillette Stadium.
The fifth-place Wizards (6-11-3), trailing the Revolution by six points, are looking for their first win since June 17.
Kansas City snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 1-1 draw against New England on July 29 in its last game. Forward Josh Wolff gave the Wizards the lead in the 12th minute and the team seemed poised to win until Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston, who will be playing in his 301st MLS game Wednesday, scored in the final seconds of stoppage time.
“Were we lucky to get one (point),” said Kansas City coach Brian Bliss, who coached his second game since replacing Bob Gansler. “We could have had three (goals) in the first half, even the first 20 (minutes), and we wouldn’t of been in that predicament that we were in. We were saying the same thing one week ago, three weeks ago, five weeks ago. We need to get one on their end and prevent one on our end. It is a repeat of last week’s quote.”
The Wizards have been shut out five times in their last eight games and are the third-lowest scoring team in the league with 22 goals. They have the third-largest goal differential at minus-6.
Kansas City opened the season 3-0 for the first time in team history, but six straight losses from June 24-July 22 led to the firing of Gansler, MLS’ longest tenured coach, on July 19.
Kansas City is 0-1-1 under Bliss.
Wednesday’s game will be the third of four meetings between the Wizards and Revolution. The Wizards won the first matchup 1-0 on April 15.
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