FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- At first blush, it may seem difficult to separate the Revolution’s final two regular season games from each other. After all, it’s rare to see a side close out its schedule against the same opponent twice.
But even though they’ll face the Columbus Crew on Saturday before going back to Columbus for the season finale, the Revolution won’t be tempted into treating both games as a two-week gauntlet.
"I don't think it's as difficult as you might think,” Revolution defender Chris Tierney said. “This week is just as important as last week and the week before. All of these games are important, so I think we're doing a good job of focusing on the game at hand.”
That mindset certainly served the Revolution well in Montreal last week. Instead of worrying about postseason permutations, the local XI went to work and ripped three points away from the fourth-place Impact, which temporarily put them inside the postseason bubble.
Although the out-of-town scores pushed them back to seventh place -- and outside of the playoff bubble -- Tierney thinks that there’s no other way than to stay with the same approach that’s brought them to the doorstep of their first postseason berth in four years.
“We'll continue to take it one game at a time, prepare the way we've been preparing,” Tierney said. “We expect to take three points this weekend at home and if we do, then next week we'll move on to the following week."
REIS TO REACH MILESTONE ON SATURDAY
The way Matt Reis tells it, he’s played a “crazy” 16 years in MLS. And on Saturday, it’ll only get “crazier.”
The veteran goalkeeper is expected to make his 250th career appearance in a Revolution uniform on Saturday, and to commemorate it, the team presented him with an oversized #1 jersey on Wednesday.
“Days like today you're reminded of exactly how old you are and how many games you've played,” Reis quipped. “As a player, it's nice to show that you've been around and you've been relevant for a while, so to get to 250 games is a big milestone."
Reis currently sits second on the list of club’s all-time appearance leaders, 12 behind all-time leader Shalrie Joseph (261 games).
But even though Reis will accept the congratulations and kudos for his achievement, the true goal has never waned.
"It’s always been about winning trophies and MLS cups,” Reis said. “It's (about) a group of guys that are out here and are working for a common goal. We're working to try to make the playoffs and then try and win the championship every year."
The Revolution won’t have to dig deep into the video archives to find the blueprint for success on Saturday against the Crew.
According to Tierney, the Revolution would do well to replicate their form last week at Stade Saputo in order to claim three more points at Gillette Stadium this week.
“I think it's about having a complete performance like we did in Montreal, and putting together two good halves,” Tierney said. “I think if you look at games where we've stayed in, and we haven't conceded, more times than not, we find a way to get the goal eventually, whether it be in the first half or at the end of the game."