FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Given time to digest their 4-0 loss to the Dynamo last week, the Revolution headed into the film room on Monday determined to find out what they can improve upon. Spoiler alert: plenty.
But the way striker Teal Bunbury sees it now, Saturday's clash wasn't a complete hour-and-a-half's worth of wasteful soccer. Far from it.
"We know there (are) good things we can take out of that game, and some bad things we can take out of it (too)," Bunbury said. "So it was just really coming into training this week and working out those kinks, looking at some film, and figuring out what we did wrong."
The bad, of course, was the lethargic start. The Dynamo did the bulk of their damage within the first 23 minutes thanks to a pair of goals from Will Bruin and Boniek Garcia, both of whom grabbed goals in stunningly easy fashion.
On the flip side, Bunbury was encouraged by the way the offense responded in the wake of the Dynamo's scoring deluge.
"I thought, especially in the second half, we were moving the ball around," Bunbury said. "Making runs off the ball, and just moving the ball quickly, being alert, and being attentive -- and partly that was due to us being down as well."
With the Houston game in the rearview, the fourth-year forward is optimistic about the way he and his teammates will perform in Saturday's game at Philadelphia.
"We're going to be sharper, and I know the guys are feeling really sharper in training," Bunbury said. "I think that's just what we're focusing on now, because that (Dynamo game is) done with."
Farrell working his way back
If there's one player who's particularly anxious to get on the pitch for Saturday's interest against the Union, it's none other than right back Andrew Farrell.
The sophomore defender suffered a left leg injury during the preseason, and was forced to watch last week's defeat to the Dynamo on TV. And as you might expect, it wasn't a very pleasant viewing experience.
"It was tough to see the boys playing hard and (to see) it just didn't go our way," Farrell said. "We came out flat for the first couple of minutes."
Fortunately for all parties involved, the knock that kept Farrell out of last week's match is healing well --so much, in fact, that he appeared unhindered during Wednesday's training session.
"No limitations," Farrell said. "I jogged last week, just getting the fitness up. I'm still working on the fitness and getting back to full training now."
While Farrell would love nothing more than to return to the lineup against Philadelphia, he admits that the decision is not entirely in his hands.
"We got a deep lineup," said Farrell. "So we'll see how that works out. I feel fine for this weekend, but we'll see what Jay and the guys think."
Crisp start a priority at Philadelphia
After last week's trio of early-match setbacks, one thing that Bunbury hopes to see on Saturday against the Union is a renewed focus on starting the match with the right mindset.
Bunbury admitted that he and his teammates "just kind of started the game off slow" in Houston, and that the best way to atone for it is to come out focused and sharp right out of the gate at their next opportunity.
"It's very important coming off a loss like that," Bunbury said. "It's going to (mean) everything to come to this game prepared to play from the first whistle to the last whistle."