FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Shut out in consecutive games for the first time since early April, the New England Revolution is in search of an attacking spark ahead of this weekend’s meeting with the Chicago Fire.
The Revs just might get the required boost in the form of Juan Agudelo and Charlie Davies.
Both players trained full throughout the week and hope to be available against the Fire, although head coach Jay Heaps said final decisions on their participation would wait until late in the week.
“We’re going day-by-day with Charlie,” Heaps said after Wednesday’s training session. “It’s the second day we’ve had him, but I think he’s definitely fit. The question is how game-fit he is.
“Same thing (with Juan). He’s definitely moving along, but we have to see how he reacted to training today and then talk to the medical staff about what he’s ready for.”
So ready for this game tomorrow — Juan Agudelo (@JuanAgudelo) August 16, 2013
A right knee sprain has sidelined Agudelo for the past eight games and the 20-year-old forward is eager to get back on the field to continue the form which saw him score three goals in his first five appearances with the Revs. Although he has signed a pre-contract with English Premier League side Stoke City, Agudelo has made clear his desire to help the Revolution push for a playoff spot through the end of the season.
Davies arrives in New England “fresh” – to use his own word – after going through preseason preparations with Danish side Randers FC before joining the Revs. The New England native is ultra motivated to kick-start his career and regain the form which made him a star with the U.S. National team in 2009.
“Juan’s a great player and he’s done well for us this year,” said Kelyn Rowe. “It was an unfortunate injury. We’re hoping to have him back as soon as possible … Charlie’s another great player. A national team player and he’s definitely going to bring something to the field.”
From a Revolution perspective, they’ll be hoping both Agudelo and Davies are available to bring something to the field this weekend against Chicago.