The New England Revolution have gone winless in their first three games for the third straight season. If history is any indication, they'll be taking part in the playoffs come October.
New England looks to avoid going four straight matches without a victory to open a season for the first time since 2001 when it visits New York City FC on Saturday.
The Revolution opened 0-2-1 in 2014 before playing for the MLS Cup and losing to Los Angeles, then repeated that record last year en route to being eliminated by D.C. in the knockout round.
They've picked up one more point this season by starting with consecutive ties before losing 3-0 at Philadelphia on Sunday. New England has allowed six goals in its two away games and now plays at Yankee Stadium, the smallest field in the league at 110 yards long and 70 wide.
"It's going to be a fast game," captain Jose Goncalves told the Revolution's official website. "It's going to be a game without any stop. The field is very small, so the ball is going to be fast from one side to another. It's going to be a very intense game."
The Revolution won 3-1 in their last visit to New York on Oct. 25.
"We need to make sure that we defend well and that we take our chances," Goncalves said. "We want to have a lot of possession of the ball. That's always our game plan because we know we can play some really good soccer."
Goals, though, were at a premium last Friday in New York as Orlando City SC won 1-0 on a seventh-minute score. NYCFC (1-1-1) blew a 2-0 lead at home March 13 in a 2-all draw against Toronto FC.
"I think any time we drop points at home, it's pretty frustrating and guys are upset but I think understanding the performance and some of the things we tried to do and were successful at is something to build on," defender Jason Hernandez said. "It's early on in the season, we can't hang our heads too low." >> Read more