Revolution begin MLS play at D.C. United on Saturday

Goalkeeper Henrich Ravas’ debut with the New England Revolution was successful however not a lot of a take a look at case for what lies forward.

Ravas wanted solely two saves to file a clear sheet within the Revolution’s 1-0 victory over CA Independiente in spherical certainly one of their house and residential Concacaf Champions Cup collection on Wednesday night time at Estadio Universitario FC Stadium in Llano Marin, Panama.

Ravas can count on significantly extra stress within the scoring space when the Revolution open the 2024 MLS common season towards D.C. United on Saturday night time (7:30) at Audi Field in Washington, D.C.

“I am really happy with my debut, it was certainly important for me to start out on a good foot, which I think I did,” mentioned Ravas. “Obviously now we’re wanting ahead to the subsequent recreation and I believe it will be a lot totally different.

“I think D.C. will be a good quality start to (MLS). I think we have a good quality team and I think we can get can get three points out of this game. It is going to be much different but we will be prepared to do our best and try to win the game.”

Ravas was acquired on Jan. 6 from the Polish membership Widzew Lodz for an undisclosed price. He was tendered an MLS contract and can fill a world roster spot by way of the 2026 season with a workforce choice for 2027. Ravas, 26, is a local of Senica, Slovakia, and a back-up goalkeeper on the Slovakian National Team.

“My main aspiration now is to achieve something big here in New England,” mentioned Ravas. “I’m not considering a lot ahead, I’m going to be within the current.

“Winning the MLS Cup for me is a big aspiration and I think it is for everyone else on the club and for our fans. For me to achieve something great here as a group is the most important thing.”

Ravas was the beneficiary of a hyperactive efficiency by the Revolution’s again 4 towards CA Independiente. Veterans heart backs Andrew Farrell and Dave Romney have been a steadfast buffer within the center. Left again DeJuan Jones, a contributor to the U.S. National Team, was an offensive presence at left again, whereas newcomer Nick Lima, who’s filling in at proper again for injured Brandon Bye, introduced stability on the flank.

The most noticeable facet of the Revolution’s strong efficiency alongside the again line was Farrell, who was fast to the ball, made safe passes and was by no means caught up area. That was an enormous enchancment on the place Farrell was on the finish of final season, when he was taking part in out of place at proper again rather than Bye.

“He has been playing well and he’s good on the ball,” mentioned Revolution first-year head coach Caleb Porter. “With Andrew, he is excellent on the ball and typically he can take some dangers.

“But I think that is one of his best qualities and he is programmed in that way on how we are trying to build out our attacks and he’s technical. I think in our system he will do very well because he is technical enough to find passes as long as he understands our patterns of play.”

The Revolution play a congested schedule from the onset which is able to take a look at Porter’s potential to rotate his roster and consider its depth. The match in Panama was the primary of 4 video games in 11 days. The Revolution will host CA Independiente within the second leg at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night time (8:15) and can face Toronto FC within the house opener in a Sunday matinee (2) on March 3.

“It’s a quick turnaround obviously but we had planned for this and we knew essentially if we kept advancing over these next three weeks, we are going to play a game every two or three days,” mentioned Porter. “That is why I used to be so bullish on getting each participant on the workforce 90 minutes on the finish of preseason.

“It was much less about outcomes and extra about being bodily prepared for this troublesome first three weeks. To begin the 12 months is hard since you need to get off to a very good begin. We are juggling a number of competitions and we need to get off to a very good begin in each the league and Concacaf Champions Cup.

“You also want to keep building and to build you need continuity. I’ve always felt it is important to build that durability on your team early in the year.”