FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It wasn’t the cleanest break out of the gate, but what Jay Heaps saw following the early scares of Sunday’s 5-0 win bore a strong resemblance to textbook Revolution soccer.
Only five minutes after the opening whistle, the Sounders collected a trio of chances from Marco Pappa, Obafemi Martins and Lamar Neagle. Those early opportunities, however, may have given the guests a false sense of security, as the Revolution were happy to lay in wait, then strike back at a moment’s notice.
“We're a team that breaks well,” Heaps said. “We always have, and it's what we like to do, because when we get numbers forward, we get teams (flat) footed a little bit.”
And that’s precisely what they did to the Sounders on Sunday. With Sigi Schmid’s side slow to react after losing possession, the Revolution struck early and often. By halftime, they’d already accumulated a quartet of goals, and the match was ostensibly over even with another 45 minutes in front of them.
While the final score sent shockwaves through MLS, Heaps seemed more impressed by the way his team remained true to its attacking nature on the break.
“We're a little freer in our movement,” Heaps said. “I like it when guys are going at other teams. We really finished our chances well."
Defined role suits Dorman
A year ago, veteran midfielder Andy Dorman appeared to be lost in the mix of the Revolution’s youth movement. In fact, Dorman struggled to find minutes until the final weeks of the 2013 season.
Today, Dorman is one of the primary reasons why the Revolution are one of the top teams in MLS at the moment. According to Heaps, the veteran’s renaissance is attributable to a pair of important factors.
“How he finished last year is how he's playing this year,” Heaps said. “I think he finished so strong last year and I think we found the right role for him.”
That role -- holding midfielder -- has allowed Dorman to hone his focus on one particular area, rather than taking on different responsibilities from week to week. As a result, the Revolution have gotten the most out of Dorman’s savviness, especially on the break.
“I think that giving him more of a defined role to really show what he's capable of is really key because he reads the game so well,” Heaps said. “He understands what we're asking him, and that's because he's a smart soccer player."
Casting aside the hype
Earlier this week, the Revolution found themselves atop ESPN’s MLS Power Rankings for the first time this season. Of course, beating three of the best teams in the league in consecutive weeks may have had something to do with the favorable ranking.
But after Wednesday’s training, Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez declined to declare his team the best in the league, even though they’d beaten the defending champion Sporting K.C., talent-stacked Toronto FC, and the Western Conference-leading Seattle Sounders.
"I don't know (if we’re the best), but I think we should be somewhere up there,” Fagundez said. “It's one of those things where we have to keep playing just the way we are right now, and make sure that it doesn't get in our head.”