FC Dallas has failed to win its last seven road matches against the New England Revolution, but may feel good about its chances to buck that trend Saturday night.
The Revolution have not had much time to recover after blowing a three-goal lead in their last match as they get ready to host Dallas.
New England (4-11-12) built a 4-1 halftime lead Wednesday at Philadelphia before conceding three goals in the second half to settle for the draw. The Revolution are 0-2-5 in their last seven matches.
"When you score four goals in a game, you expect to win," coach Steve Nicol said. "But, they put a lot of pressure on us in the second half."
The mood in the locker room was predictably down for New England, which has 24 points to tie Toronto FC for the fewest in the Eastern Conference.
"I mean we are all questioning each other and trying to find answers right now," captain Shalrie Joseph said. "How we can give up a 4-1 lead is just frustrating, we're not mentally tough and we're not doing the things necessary to hang on to a lead. From my standpoint, we're just a young team and we're not mature enough to hang on to a lead."
New England is 0-3-4 in its last seven home games, while Dallas (13-7-7) ended a six-game losing streak at Gillette Stadium with last year's 1-all draw.
Dallas won 1-0 over New England at home June 4 as Marvin Chavez scored. The club is well rested since it has not played since ending a three-game winless streak with a 3-2 win at Sporting Kansas City on Aug. 27.
That doesn't mean that all Dallas players have been completely idle. Brek Shea, tied for third in the league with 10 goals, played the full 90 minutes twice for the United States during the international break.
Although the 21-year-old Shea failed to score for the U.S., new coach Jurgen Klinsmann was impressed by what he saw.
"I think we have some very interesting youngsters coming through the ranks," Klinsmann said. "Brek Shea is definitely one of them. He's full of energy, he's creative, and he's fast and has a good physical presence."
Dallas has also been boosted by the news that George John will remain with the club after the defender nearly joined Blackburn Rovers of the English Premier League.
"I got over there and it was a really good experience," John told FC Dallas' official website. "They welcomed me with open arms and it's just that the timing wasn't right. We are going to maintain a relationship and right now I'm back with FC Dallas."
Dallas will be without defender Ugo Ihemelu, suspended due to yellow card accumulation.
The Revolution's last three matches have ended in draws in which they conceded the tying goals in the 87th minute or later.
"Hopefully we'll pick our heads up and be ready for Dallas on the weekend," Joseph said.