The New England Revolution's longest winning streak in nine years is over, but they should have a strong chance to earn another three points while extending a streak that's in its second decade.
The Revolution look to bounce back Sunday before the World Cup break against the New York Red Bulls, who haven't won at Gillette Stadium since they first stepped on the pitch there nearly 12 years ago.
Not since 2005 had New England (7-4-2) won five straight before its run that began April 26, but the Revolution couldn't push it to six May 31. Andres Romero's goal three minutes in was all Montreal needed in a 2-0 victory that ended New England's unbeaten streak at seven.
"It was one of those nights where every pass was a little bit off," coach Jay Heaps told the league's official website. "It just didn't have the same zip to it. To break a team down you got to get things to go your way a little bit, but you got to credit a team when they do a nice job."
Heaps would probably have to think long and hard to remember the last time his team didn't do an impressive job at home against New York (3-5-6).
The Revs' coach was in his second season with the team as a player, and New England was in its first at Gillette. The then-MetroStars won their first visit 2-0 on June 29, 2002, and haven't won since, with the Revolution taking 13 of the 20 subsequent meetings in Foxborough.
Neither side has won on the road in this series in the 19 meetings since a 1-0 New England victory at Giants Stadium on July 14, 2007.
The Revolution have only beaten New York once in the last nine matchups overall, though, drawing twice and losing once last season. But they'll head into this one feeling quite confident even after the loss in Montreal, having outscored opponents 11-1 while going 4-0-1 at home in 2014 to extend their unbeaten run at Gillette to nine since September.
"I think it's important to keep the same locker room that we had; don't get too high on all the wins and don't get too low on yourself after a loss," defender Andrew Farrell told the team's official website. "... We're just excited to have another opportunity to get points on the weekend."
Both teams will be short-handed as they play their final league game for three weeks, though each club will play a U.S. Open Cup match in the next 10 days. Revolution forward Jerry Bengtson is on World Cup duty with Honduras, and Shalrie Joseph and Charlie Davies are questionable with calf injuries.
The Red Bulls won't have Tim Cahill and Roy Miller due to the World Cup, and Dax McCarty is out with a knee injury.
Thierry Henry and Jamison Olave typically don't play on artificial surface, leaving their status for Sunday in doubt for a club that could use a spark. The Red Bulls gave up a goal in the opening 12 minutes for the third time in four games May 27 at Kansas City, though they salvaged a draw - ending their three-game skid - thanks to Bradley Wright-Phillips' league high-tying 11th goal.
"It's something in the mentality of us, which needs to be fixed," midfielder Lloyd Sam said. "There's something not right. We can't start games like that. It's the mentality and we've got to look into it and see what we can do about it, but that was not good enough."
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