Revolution Notes: Home struggles; Charlie Davies’ dream move; Agudelo’s status; and more

Juan Agudelo

By KEVIN KOCZWARA

The New England Revolution (8-9-6, 30 pts.) will try to bounce back after losing, 3-0, to Sporting Kansas City last weekend when the Chicago Fire (9-9-4, 31 pts.) visit Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.

The two teams are headed in different directions at the moment. While New England has lost, and failed to score, in its last two games, Chicago is 3-1-1 in its last five. The good news for the Revolution is that the Fire’s road form has been poor this season (2-5-3) and New England will hope that trend continues on Saturday. First, though, the Revs will need to turn around their own home form, which head coach Jay Heaps said hasn’t been good enough and will have to improve if the team is to make a playoff push.

“I think there is a collective frustration that we haven’t gotten the points at home that we want to get,” said Heaps. “Our record at home isn’t good enough and we need to take the last six games at home and maximize each and every opportunity.”

New England lost and failed to score their last two home games and has taken just 15 points (4-4-3) from a possible 33 at home this season.

CHARLIE DAVIES’ DREAM MOVE

Charlie Davies wasn’t going to pass up a chance to play for his hometown team when the opportunity came. And Davies’ wife was not going to let him pass up the chance to return home after spending years traveling around Europe, helping him as he chased his dream overseas. For Davies, the chance to sign with the Revolution on loan from his Danish SuperLiga team, Randers FC, until the end of the season was too good to pass up not only because it was a chance to play in front of friends and family, but also because the move made his wife happy, which makes him happy. And the former USMNT forward is hoping those good vibes help fuel his performances on the field.

“[My wife] was probably more excited than I was,” said Davies after training on Wednesday. “After she graduated college from Boston College she came out to live with me in Europe, so she hasn’t really been stateside except for two weeks at a time. She’s ecstatic to be around her friends and family. We live five minutes from her parents’ home.

“I’m so happy because she’s so happy. That makes me happy. And when you’re happy you play well,” said Davies.

Davies, who went to Brooks School in North Andover, Mass., and Boston College, was a Revolution fan growing up and he says it’s a dream to be playing for the team he grew up rooting for.

“It’s kind of a childhood dream to come here and play at Gillette Stadium for the New England Revolution,” said Davies. “(I’m) just looking forward to it and really want to make a difference. And I think (with) my experience, as well as my skill set, I think I can help this team going forward.”

Davies says he’s physically ready to play this weekend when the Revolution take on the Chicago. He wants to get going and make a difference, but Heaps, who admitted Davies is in good physical condition, says the team is taking Davies’ situation day-by-day at this point and will make a decision on whether the former D.C. United forward will see action on Saturday.

REVS TAKING JUAN AGUDELO INJURY DAY-TO-DAY

Juan Agudelo hasn’t featured for the Revolution since picking up a knee injury in the team’s U.S. Open Cup match against D.C. United on June 26, but the forward said he feels ready to play this week if the medical staff gives him the go-ahead and if Heaps calls on him.

“The knee is good, feels great this week. felt good last week,” said Agudelo on Wednesday. “But it was kind of precaution not to do anything (last weekend when the Revolution played Sporting Kansas City). Hopefully I will be integrated into the game this weekend, but we’ll see.”

Heaps says the team is taking Agudelo’s injury day-to-day and watching to see how the knee reacts to training and see how the medical staff evaluates it.

TIME TO SHINE IN MLS AND GET READY FOR STOKE CITY

Stoke City announced last week that Agudelo has signed a pre-contract agreement to join the club when his contract with Major League Soccer expires on Dec. 31, and, according to Heaps, there will be no coddling of Agudelo in the run-up to his move to the English Premier League. Instead, Heaps hopes the 20-year-old forward will use this chance in MLS to show the Potters what he can do and show the club’s manager, Mark Hughes, that he’s ready to jump right into the first team when the move happens.

“[Agudelo] has a commitment to Stoke in January,” said Heaps. “For where we’re at, we’ve talked about it a little bit. Juan is a soccer player and he wants to get out here and play. He’s a competitor, and, so for me, and talking with the people at Stoke and the people around Juan, this is basically what they’re looking at. This is his platform.

“They obviously look at MLS. They have four guys that have at some point started in Major League Soccer with the addition of Juan, and to me this is a great opportunity for him to separate himself,” continued Heaps. “They’re adding strikers left and right, so let Juan stay in-form and then when he joins them in January he can get some real action.

“I think this will be a great opportunity or him to hit stride with us and go in there fully fit.”

QUICK NOTES

  • New England is currently seventh in the Eastern Conference with 30 points from 23 games and Chicago is sixth with 31 points from 22 games. Both teams are chasing the Houston Dynamo, who have 33 points from 22 games, for the fifth and final spot in the playoffs.
  • The Revs beat the Fire twice at Gillette Stadium last year and won the season series, 2-1.
  • New England beat Chicago, 1-0, on March 9 this year.
  • Chicago midfielder/forward Mike Magee is tied for the league lead in game-winning goals with five. Revolution forward Diego Fagundez is tied for second with four game-winners.
  • Dimitry Imbongo and Andy Dorman are both suspended for the Revolution after getting red cards in last week’s loss to Sporting Kansas City.

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Do you see the Revolution toppling the Fire at home this weekend? Expecting Davies to make his New England debut vs. Chicago? Think Agudelo will be made available for Saturday’s match?

Share your thoughts below.

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13 Responses to Revolution Notes: Home struggles; Charlie Davies’ dream move; Agudelo’s status; and more

  1. arguably2nd place says:

    Jozy ALTIDORE. best striker the USA ever had

    • Indigo Montoya says:

      Wha?

    • joe says:

      Jozy Altidore. Best striker in the world ever.

    • 20 says:

      very well may be true, but I think you’re on the wrong article.

      On another note, the Revolution aren’t in a playoff position for one reason: Dropping points against teams like DC United, Toronto FC (twice) and Chivas USA. Time to start winning some games at home.

      For some reason I think the Union could drop down the table but Houston will do enough to secure a spot. Philadelphia, though it may look like they’re pretty far ahead, can be caught. The Revs MUST win this weekend and then beat Philadelphia (who also have tough games coming up against NY and Montreal.

      Montreal have been slipping down the table as well, unfortunately they have a home game against DC this weekend to get back on track..

    • Roy says:

      Wrong topic, man.

      Also. don’t ignore the success of predecessors who played on teams not as strong. We may get annoyed by Wynalda, but I wonder how many goals he’d score if playing now with all the magical teammates to set him up.

  2. Bill says:

    News flash Heaps, there aren’t a lot of days left to take things “day by day.” You havent scored a goal in two games … I think that alone would inspire you to get Juan and Charlie into the next game

  3. Sean says:

    Still so angry about Hans Backe getting rid of Agudelo. You can bet if the current regime at NY were in charge, he would never have been traded. Frustrating. Now Red Bulls will likely see nothing for him, right? No transfer fee needed, right?

    • slowleftarm says:

      Yep, Hans Backe was a complete clown. Didn’t rate Agudelo for some reason and now RBNY won’t get a cent for him. Of course, this was also the guy who claimed that he didn’t know there would be a gold cup in 2011. Ugh.

      Mike Petke may be learning on the job but I’m so much happier with him at the helm. Had to mention Mike on an article about that most medicore of squads, the Revs. 8-9-6? Yeah that about defines medicore.

  4. RandyTone says:

    It’s every little boy’s dream to play in the caverns of Gillette stadium.

  5. Hush says:

    I’d say Jozy, You say GOAL! Jozy!! GOAL!! … Ok, now that we got that out of the way, I’m stoked to see stanky leg and Juan get on the field together. It would be amazing if Chucky starts getting that fire back in his eyes now that he is back in states with the MLS being hyped up. Physically he isn’t like he use to be, but an 75% is far better than a 100% EJ & Wondolousy imo. Chucky has great Futbol IQ.. Lots of MLS games for me to start following

  6. Puffer says:

    I love this new Revs’ notes.