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Revs gear up for revamped Toronto FC

5/1/2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It wasn't the way Jay Heaps drew it up, but after watching film from Saturday's 2-0 win over defending champion Sporting Kansas City, the Revolution coach took away plenty of positives.

Not only did the Revolution limit Kansas City to a single shot on goal through 90 minutes, but they answered the bell before it was all said and done, with not one, but two stoppage-time goals.

"It was a good, hard-fought match both ways," Heaps said. "I liked our response once they went a man down. I thought our urgency really picked up."

Though a new look with Jerry Bengtson up top and Teal Bunbury out wide forced the Revolution to endure some growing pains, Heaps said that the changes were necessary in order to get more from the offense, which had registered only four goals in its first seven games.

"We wanted to be really offensive," Heaps said. "Having Jerry there really put some bigger bodies on some bigger players."

Toronto raises the bar

One of the biggest offseason storylines over the winter was the spending spree perennial conference doormat Toronto FC undertook to net a number of high-priced, talented players. And on Saturday, the Revolution will get their first crack at the revamped Reds.

According to Heaps, the additions of Michael Bradley (Roma), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Julio Cesar (Queens Park Rangers) and Gilberto (Internacional of Brazil) have put Toronto in a class of its own.

"It was pretty amazing," Heaps said. "When you're reading the transfer wires, usually you read those types of moves when you're looking at the EPL-type clubs. So it was interesting to see."

Although injuries have conspired against the Reds' success through the early part of the season, it's fair to say that the Toronto FC side the Revolution will face on Saturday will be unlike any other seen in previous matchups.

"It's definitely changed their whole organization up and their team up," Heaps said. "They've got three wins already, and that's a pretty good start."

Sene back in the fold

After Saer Sene was excused from team activities last week for personal reasons, the winger, who was unavailable against Sporting Kansas City, was back in training on Tuesday.

Though Sene declined to speak to the media prior to training on Wednesday, Heaps provided a few details surrounding the situation.

"He's been through a lot in terms of his recovery," Heaps said, alluding to the ankle injury Sene suffered last autumn. "I think talking to him, and seeing him, and pushing him along through those games was really good. But at the same time, I think we wanted to have a good conversation with him. I think the personal (issue) was just a couple of days for him to clear his head."