It's back to work for the Revolution.
After they were given the weekend off following a trying trio of games in the span of eight days, the club returned to the practice pitch on Monday to prepare for a Saturday night meeting with D.C. United at RFK Stadium.
The game will kick off at 7:30pm and will be televised on Comcast SportsNet New England. Local listeners can catch it on the radio at The Sports Hub 98.5.
Saturday's match marks the third and final time the long-time rivals will meet in 2012. D.C. grabbed maximum points from the previous two matches, with a 2-1 win in Foxboro on Apr. 14 and a 3-2 victory in Washington, D.C. on May 26.
-- Recently-acquired midfielder Juan Toja joined his new teammates for training on Monday. The 27-year-old Colombian, whom the Revolution added via the allocation process on Aug. 27, had to await receipt of his P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate before he could practice. But with the paperwork cleared, the former two-time All-Star might be in line for his first minutes in a Revolution uniform come Saturday in D.C.
-- Speaking of Revolution uniforms, striker Saer Sene apparently has a growing number of soccer fans purchasing his #39 jersey this season. According to sales figures from the league’s official store, the French forward has the 24th most popular jersey in MLS. Meanwhile, it should come as no surprise whose jersey is at the top of the list: David Beckham, whose #23 Galaxy jersey has been a best-seller since his arrival in 2007.
-- One player familiar to Revolution fans was recently traded ahead of the Sept. 15 roster freeze. Former first-round pick Wells Thompson, who played for the Revolution from 2007-09, was traded by Colorado to Chicago on Monday for a conditional draft pick. Prior to the 2010 season, Thompson was traded along with Jeff Larentowicz from New England to Colorado for Preston Burpo and Cory Gibbs.
-- Meanwhile, another former Revolution player has a big task ahead of him on Tuesday. Clint Dempsey, who scored the lone United States goal against Jamaica in a stunning 2-1 defeat during Friday’s World Cup Qualifier, will surely be counted upon to find the back of the net in Tuesday’s rematch. For Dempsey and his fellow U.S. teammates, anything short of a win could spell serious trouble for the National Team’s hopes of reaching its seventh-straight World Cup.
-- Finally, if there were any lingering doubts concerning Revolution head coach Jay Heaps’ dedication to his job, this recent quote from the first-year coach on the team’s official site should erase any and all of them: “Monday morning, when your alarm goes off, if you’re excited and you want to get to work as soon as you can and you’re thinking about your day, that’s motivation in itself -- I hate [losing] and that’s part of what drives me up in the morning. I feel like I won’t sleep until we get this team in the playoffs, in the hunt as a contender. That’s where this is going. I’m not going to sleep until that happens.”