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Revolution-FC Dallas Preview
By JORDAN GARRETSON
(AP) -- Having matched their longest losing streak in 13 years, the New England Revolution are looking for their first victory in nearly two months.
But given the embarrassing performance their last time out, their odds of snapping the skid don't appear favorable Saturday night at FC Dallas.
The Revolution (7-9-2) have dropped six straight while being outscored 15-3 - including 9-2 in their last three road matches. They had outscored opponents 21-9 during a 7-1-1 stretch previously.
Wednesday's 5-1 loss to Los Angeles marked the club's most goals allowed since a 5-0 defeat at Real Salt Lake on July 2, 2010. New England, which hasn't won since a 2-1 victory over D.C. on May 24, is enduring its longest slide since starting 0-6-0 in 2001. The longest losing streak in team history is nine matches, set in 1997 and matched the following year.
"We as a staff have to get better, we as a group have to get better; we have a quick turnaround so we have to move on," coach Jay Heaps told the league's official website.
The Revolution have been outscored 8-2 in the first half during their losing streak and conceded goals in the first 10 minutes in the last two defeats.
"We wanted to go on the road with these two road games here in LA today and then Dallas, we want to try and find points - as many as we can," midfielder Kelyn Rowe said. "We didn't find any (Wednesday), so we need to find some Saturday."
Dallas (7-7-5) is playing its first league match since a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia on July 4, though the club is unbeaten in seven straight (5-0-2) across all competitions following a 5-2 win over the Carolina RailHawks on July 9 to reach the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.
Coach Oscar Pareja enjoyed the returns of midfielder Mauro Diaz and Henry Thomas versus Philadelphia. Dallas is 2-0-2 in its last four league matches after an eight-game winless stretch.
"During the second half, the team looked much more mature. It showed me a team that knows how to handle the peaks and valleys during a game and that, for me, is great. They controlled the energy and defended pretty well," Pareja said. "We finished with a smile on our face because of the three points, because we got some players back."
Goalkeeper Chris Seitz will likely be sidelined, however, after suffering a quadriceps injury versus Philadelphia. Seitz is 6-3-3 while Raul Fernandez - who made one save against Carolina - is 1-4-2.
Dallas is 4-1-2 in its last seven meetings with New England, winning the last two matchups 1-0.
Updated July 18, 2014