Kelyn Rowe on New England Revolution Adversity: ‘You Approach It the Same’
Revolution's Kelyn Rowe (11) playing against Sporting Kansas City in the 2013 MLS Cup quarterfinals. (Photo: New England Revolution / David Silverman)
FOXBOROUGH,Mass. -- The New England Revolution will try their best to forget last week's 2-0 loss to an unproven D.C. United team against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.
The Revolution have stuggled this season, dictated by their MLS-worst goal differential (-6).The offense has been a primary point of scrutiny, and the core of the Revs on the offensive side remains their midfield.
Lee Nguyen, Diego Fagundez, and Daigo Kobayashi have sustained the brunt of New England's playmaking responsibility, and you have to give them some credit: glimmers of crafty play have been noticeable. Nguyen's late game-winnner against the San Jose Eathquakes can attest to that.
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After all, without Kelyn Rowe on the pitch, it must be harder for these footballers to gain an consistent appearance of well-built rhythm. Rowe was integral to the Revolution's success last season, totaling seven goals and leading the team with eight assists.
The former UCLA standout has been nursing an hamstring injury on-and-off this year. He has appeared in two games and currently stands unsure of his ailment.
"It's something that Jay, myself and our trainer will have a conversation tomorrow. We're going to day-to-day," Rowe said. "I'm not sure what's going to happen with playing time."
The 22-year-old's solo early-practice warmup was the main indicator that he wasn't fully recovered for Saturday's matchup.
Rowe believes that his separation from the team will lend nicely to his recovery.
"For me, it's where I feel comfortable. And being with the team, I'm usually stressing myself more than I would like too right now."
In addition the Rowe's questionable availability on the field Saturday, the Revolution will miss head coach Jay Heaps to a suspension originating from the D.C. United match. In the 89th minute, as the Revs were trailing by one goal, referees ejected Jay Heaps for behavioral concerns.
"Unfortunately, I was a little bit too emotional on the sideline and was shown the exit," Heaps told MLSsoccer.com concerning the United game. "We were warned that they were going to crack down a little bit, as you can see by the benches being away from the fourth official."
Tom Soehn, the Revolution's assistant coach, will take over duties this weekend. Soehn served as interim manager for the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2011. He also holds experience in the management staff of the Chicago Fire and D.C. United.
Soehn is definitely a worthy replacement of Heaps, and in the end, the team-oriented design going into the contest will be unchanged.
"You approach it the same," Rowe said. "You're never playing for your coach, or for yourself. You're playing for the team, for the guys next to you."
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