Dynamo-Revolution Preview

The New England Revolution are looking for continued success on

the offensive side during this home-heavy portion of their


The Houston Dynamo would like to start converting as they hit

the road for the first time since opening their new stadium.

New England tries to win three straight in Foxborough for the

first time in two seasons when these Eastern Conference foes open

their two-game season series Saturday night.

Limited to four goals while losing four of their previous five

matches, the Revolution (4-6-0) opened a stretch of seven of nine

at Gillette Stadium with a 4-1 victory over Vancouver last

Saturday. New England posted its highest goal total since a 4-all

draw at Philadelphia on Sept. 7.

Midfielder Lee Nguyen scored twice and set up Saer Sene’s

team-high fourth goal of the season, earning him MLS player of the

week honors.

“We worked hard and we didn’t give up after that first goal,”

Nguyen told the Revolution’s official website. “It was a great


If the Revolution can match a season high by winning two

straight, they’ll post their first three-game home winning streak

since July 10-Aug. 14, 2010.

The Dynamo (3-3-3) are coming off a scoreless draw with Portland

on Tuesday. Houston has 17 shots on goal in its last two matches

but has scored once during that stretch – that goal coming from

midfielder Brad Davis in a 1-0 victory over D.C. in the first game

at BBVA Compass Stadium last Saturday.

“I’d say frustrating because it’s disappointing if you don’t

play well and you don’t create any chances,” coach Dominic Kinnear

told the Dynamo’s official website. “… So it’s frustrating

because you’re getting good looks on goal and you’re not


Despite the Dynamo’s recent scoring slump, the Revs are wary of

Davis and Houston’s dangerous set pieces. New England has given up

four goals off those situations this season.

“We have to be physical,” Revolution defender Kevin Alston said.

“They’re great on set pieces. Brad Davis plays those dangerous

balls in, they have a lot of big bodies and that’s how they get a

lot of their goals.”

Dynamo leading scorer Will Bruin is scoreless in the last three

matches after recording four goals in the previous three.

Houston defender Andre Hainault, called up to the Canadian

national team this week, is expected to play Saturday. That’s good

news for the Dynamo’s Tally Hall, who will be looking for a

career-best third consecutive clean sheet.

The Revs’ Matt Reis made 13 saves in two matches against Houston

last season, seven in a 1-all draw in Foxborough on Aug. 17.