Looking to extend an unbeaten run and continue their reversal of fortune after a slow start to the season, the San Jose Earthquakes appear to have a good landing spot to continue their run of recent success.
San Jose will travel to New England on Saturday to face a reeling Revolution team that is transitioning to a new head coach after Brad Friedel was fired Thursday. Assistant coach Mike Lapper will take over as interim head coach.
The Revolution (2-8-2, eight points) are tied for last in the Eastern Conference and have lost their last two matches by a combined 11-1 score.
The Earthquakes (3-5-2, 11 points) have found the revival that New England is looking for, with two victories and a pair of ties in their last four games. San Jose is coming off a 1-0 victory at home over expansion FC Cincinnati on Saturday.
"We have to (improve) on things we shouldn't do and we have to put teams away," said Earthquakes defender Nick Lima, who scored the lone goal Saturday in a game San Jose finished with 10 men because of a red card in the 51st minute.
"We won a game 1-0 but put ourselves in that (red card) hole. We have to keep fighting, especially on the road now."
While San Jose digs deeper, the Revolution will get a completely new approach. There were signs of hope in a 4-4 tie at Sporting Kansas City on April 27, but New England collapsed in the second half at Philadelphia last Saturday in a 6-1 defeat and lost 5-0 at Chicago on Wednesday.
The Revolution have conceded 10 goals over their last 135 minutes of play in a stunning turn of events for a team that gave up 12 goals over its first eight full games.
"We're going to get on the training pitch and work hard," goalkeeper Matt Turner said. "I'm sure that's not what the fans what to hear, but that's the reality of the situation. Hopefully we go out there (Saturday) and give them something to be proud of because I'm sure they are tired of words and ready for action on the field."
New England midfielder Isaac Angking remains out after left knee surgery, while the Earthquakes have no injuries to report.