What They’re Saying: #DCvNE

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/aduamaphotography.com

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/aduamaphotography.com

With Saturday’s clash between the New England Revolution (1-2-1, 4 point) and D.C. United (0-2-1, 1 point) at rickety RFK Stadium only hours away, let’s take one last look at what the coaches and players were saying in the days leading up to it.

Revolution coach Jay Heaps (via revolutionsoccer.net):

“The game plan will change (from last week). Mentally how we approached the game, we want to keep it the same. But in terms of the two different types of teams, what we like to do is show a rhythm of team and we also show their strengths.(D.C.’s) pretty dynamic with (Fabian) Espindola and (Eddie) Johnson up top, and how (Nick) Deleon reacts and I thought Davy Arnaud in that game(brought) a pretty good change of pace.”

D.C. United goalkeeping coach (and former Revs goalkeeper) Preston Burpo (via dcunited.com):

“New England has some crafty players. They have Nguyen running around in there, they have [Diego] Fagundez and [Saër] Sene coming in from the wide spots and [Daigo] Kobayashi was in there last weekend against San Jose, and he looked active. Our midfield and defenders are going to have to deal with those guys because cause they pop into different spots. So we need to keep things tight there.”

Revolution captain Jose Goncalves (via revolutionsoccer.net):

“Yeah, it’s going to be difficult because they are awaiting their first win, and they are playing at home, and they want to get their first win at home. (But) for us, it’s another game, a new week, and we are definitely looking for three points also. It’s not because we play away and we want to take a point. (We) know we start each game (wanting) to take three points.”

D.C. United fullback Sean Franklin (via dcunited.com):

“(Chicago) got a goal to tie it up (last week) and it’s frustrating. But it’s getting better for our team. We’re right there from getting our first win, and I think that if we sharpen some things up, and we finish off some chances, we’ll get three points this weekend.”

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Brian O'Connell serves as editor and staff writer at New England Soccer Today. He's also the Revolution beat writer for ESPNBoston.com, and is Officer at Large for the North American Soccer Reporters. He regularly contributes to The Associated Press, and has been featured on MLSSoccer.com & RevsNet.com. Follow him on Twitter: @BrianOConnell21 or contact him via e-mail at BOConnell21@aol.com