New England Revolution was substantially better that Nashville last Saturday but an outstanding performances by goalkeeper Joe Willis powered Gary Smith’s team to a drawn that keeps them close to playoffs spots on the East. Tonight, they will face Minnesota United, which counts on Kevin Molino and fifth all-time-MLS-scorer Kei Kamara to get a win that boost them closer to Western Conference’s leader Seattle Sounders FC.
Last weeks had been positive for Adrian Heath’s side. Since September they have scored twelve goals in seven games. At the same time, they got three wins during that period, which is half of their whole regular season triumphs. This results had located them just five points away from Sounders FC in the West and offers a chance to fight for the semifinals spot with just eight games left before playoffs.
Nashville’s landscape seems a bit different. The Tennessee franchise has won just two games out of seven since September, but what’s more surprising is that all of their drawn matches came in this period. The answer to the tough test that beating Nashville seems to be is Joe Willis, the former Houston and DC United goalkeeper who arrived this season through trade.
Tonight, Nashville and Minnesota will face each other at Nissan Stadium. If Nashville wins, New York Red Bulls will need at least a drawn against Inter Miami to keep their playoffs spot. Nashville's head coach Gary Smith said he was confident at the form of his players and hopes to stay unbeaten. Loon's Adrian Heath trust in his Trinidadian star Molino, who has scored seven times this season and is considered one of the best youngsters at the league. This will be the first time ever this franchise meet.