New England Soccer Today

Davies: Revs ‘Buzzing,’ Ready For a Run

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/

Much like the weather in New England, change is often swift and unpredictable in MLS. Just ask the Revolution.

A week ago, the Revolution were trying to shake off a worrisome, four-game winless rut that had them facing the prospect of an abbreviated playoff run. Now? They’re beaming with confidence, and with good reason.

Less than 48 hours removed from Sunday’s 3-1 thrashing of New York City – a game in which the locals played some of their best soccer of the season – Revolution striker Charlie Davies is excited about his team’s prospects ahead of Wednesday’s knockout match at DC.

“When you start to get on a roll, things tend to start to go your way in the game,” Davies told the media on Tuesday. “I’m happy that we’re going into this game flying (and) buzzing, and the chemistry seems to be where it needs to be.”

Although the rudimentary numbers from Sunday’s match may tell a different story – the Revolution were outshot and outpossessed by New York City – the locals showed themselves dangerous when it mattered the most.

The first goal of the game – which came only two minutes after the opening whistle – was scored by Lee Nguyen after his squad won possession back in the midfield. The second strike arrived after Davies hustled hard to get win a Jose Goncalves long ball before beating two defenders and scoring.

“We found that (form) that we played last season – to come out from counterattacks,” Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones told the media on Tuesday. “We played almost 90 minutes, which is why we scored three goals, and (two) goals came from counterbreaks.”

To Jones, that wasn’t a surprising development. With coach Jay Heaps using last week’s training sessions to renew the focus on hitting from the break, the Revolution allowed City more of the ball on Sunday, but punished them when they stumbled.

“I thought we had more possession (in games prior to Sunday), and we lost,” Jones said. “I feel like we were too open. In New York, we played compact, and not really gave them so many chances. Coming from counter breaks is what makes us strong.”

Playing for the counter may prove to be a trickier proposition on Wednesday. DC has adopted a similar approach on the attack, lying in the wait until their opponent makes a critical mistake.

But Davies isn’t concerned about what strategy United will use on Wednesday. Rather, he’s confident that his club has what it takes to get the job done on Wednesday in the wake of Sunday’s encouraging performance.

“We understand what it takes to win games,” Davies said. “I think now, the team’s got that energy, and you feel that the atmosphere is right, and that we’re ready to make a run.”

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