Revs set to cap crazy week at Chivas USA

The way Revolution keeper Bobby Shuttleworth tells it, the past seven days have been a bit of a "weird" stretch for the club.

After enjoying a well-timed bye week, the Revolution returned to training on Monday, then flew to D.C. on Tuesday and played on Wednesday in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal. From there, they flew to Los Angeles on Thursday, and then trained later that day for Saturday's clash against Chivas USA.

So much for slowly easing back into the usual routine after a weekend away.

"It hasn't been a normal week for us," Shuttleworth told the media on Thursday. "I know there are a lot of guys are itching to play, and there are also guys coming off of 90 minutes (on Wednesday)."

As a result of the midweek Open Cup match -- which saw the club's dreams of lifting the historic trophy end in a 3-1 loss against D.C United -- Revolution head coach Jay Heaps will have to keep a watchful eye on some key players once Saturday's match commences.

Starters Scott Caldwell, Jose Goncalves and Diego Fagundez all saw significant minutes at Maryland SoccerPlex on Wednesday, and taking into account the amount of travel the team has endured during the last four days, the challenge for Heaps is making sure his team doesn't run out of gas at the StubHub Center.

Of course, that's only one part of the equation. Although Chivas USA (3-10-2, 11 points) is currently stuck in the Western Conference cellar, the Revolution know better than to overlook any club, especially after a recent set of disappointing performances against last-place D.C.

"The results don't really show how good of a team (Chivas USA) are," Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen told the media on Thursday. "They have a lot of quality players and a lot of players who are really good on the ball and that can change the game at any time."

Although Chivas will attempt to snap a season-killing 10-game winless streak on Saturday, their failures aren't completely due to lack of talent. Players like Gabriel Farfan, Tristan Bowen and former UConn striker Carlos Alvarez are all capable of testing a defense with dangerous runs and smart passing.

And they'll be running at a Revolution defense that won't have the services of starting right back Andrew Farrell, who'll be serving a one-game suspension for the red card he picked up two weeks ago in Vancouver.

Even so, Shuttleworth, who's played behind a number of different faces this year, doesn't believe Farrell's absence will be an issue.

"I don't think it's anything new for us," Shuttleworth said. "We have some good depth along the backline, so hopefully we can continue going and working and the next person who steps in does their job and keeps it rolling."

Few would envy the Revolution's recent itinerary, no doubt. But Nguyen said that the accompanying challenges have only made his teammates anxious to return to the pitch.

"It's been a long week with a lot of traveling," Nguyen said. "So we're trying to get the jetlag out of our legs. We had a little bit of a light training session (on Thursday). We're all looking to get that last game (against D.C.) out of our heads, (and) we're looking forward to (playing) Chivas."