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Chivas USA-Revolution Preview
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD
(AP) -- Though the New England Revolution haven't played much like a playoff team in recent months, they remain just one point out of a postseason spot in the Eastern Conference.
Facing West-worst Chivas USA, which hasn't scored in four games, gives them an opportunity to start a playoff push.
The Revolution will try for only their second victory since late May while extending Chivas' winless streak to six matches Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
Since winning a season-best five in a row beginning in late April, New England (8-12-3) has gone 1-9-1 and been outscored 22-9 to slip just outside the postseason cutoff.
The Revolution are tied with Philadelphia at 27 points, just one back of fifth-place New York with 11 games remaining.
"I don't think we need to put all the pressure on ourselves," forward Charlie Davies said. "We just have to go out and play like the way we know how and finish off games."
After missing most of the season with a calf injury, Davies has returned to form while helping New England record four points over its last three matches. He played well in a 3-0 home win over Colorado on July 30 before scoring in a 2-1 loss at New York on Aug. 2 and adding another goal in a 1-all draw with visiting Portland last Saturday.
The 28-year-old has three goals in two career meetings with Chivas, both in 2011 while he was with D.C. United.
"We've taken big steps from that big drought we had in the middle of the season," Davies said. "We're looking forward to Saturday and I'm hoping to make another impact."
New England hasn't fared well against the Goats (6-11-6), who are one point behind eighth-place San Jose in the West. The Revolution are 0-5-2 in the series since last beating them in July 2009.
They'll face a Chivas team that has gone 0-4-1 following a season-best four-game winning streak. Chivas snapped a season-worst four-match skid last Saturday with a scoreless draw versus visiting Vancouver.
Forward Erick Torres has scored 14 of the club's 21 goals, while the recent addition of Felix Borja gives the Goats another scoring threat after the forward made his MLS debut against the Whitecaps.
Despite being kept off the board in four consecutive matches and having the league's fewest goals, coach Wilmer Cabrera remains confident in his team's ability to get something going offensively.
"We need to be sure that if we keep the zero in the back," he told the team's official website, "the goal is going to come and we're going to be OK."
Chivas looked to improve the attack Thursday by acquiring Nigel Reo-Coker from Vancouver for fellow midfielder Mauro Rosales. Reo-Coker, a former English Premier league star in his second year, has two assists in 12 games.
It's uncertain when the 30-year-old will be available to make his Chivas debut.
Updated August 22, 2014