MLS: Surging Revolution aim to stay hot vs. Inter Miami

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The New England Revolution look to run their unbeaten streak to nine games when they visit Inter Miami on Saturday night at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The Revolution are 5-0-3 during the hot stretch and haven’t dropped a match since getting drubbed 4-0 by Los Angeles FC on March 12.

New England (7-1-3, 24 points) is tied for most points in the league with FC Cincinnati. The 24 points are the second most the Revolution have ever had through 11 games, trailing the 2005 squad that had 25 points (7-0-4).

New England coach Bruce Arena expects a tough battle with Inter Miami (4-6-0, 12 points), who have won back-to-back matches following a six-game slide.

“They are on a good run lately, winning their last two games after a difficult spell,” Arena said. “… It’ll be a challenging game, traveling down there, and all of that. Every game in Major League Soccer is a difficult game and we expect this one to be a difficult one as well.”

The Revolution are coming off a 2-0 road win over Toronto FC. Bobby Wood and DeJuan Jones each scored a goal for New England.

Miami was outscored 9-2 during the six-game skid before posting consecutive 2-1 triumphs over the Columbus Crew and Atlanta United.

Josef Martinez scored twice last weekend against visiting Atlanta United — his former club — to become the fastest player in MLS history to record 100 goals. Martinez did it in 142 games, surpassing the mark of Bradley Wright-Phillips, who set the record in 2018 in his 159th MLS match while playing for the New York Red Bulls.

Martinez found it surreal to set the record against Atlanta United, the team he played for from 2017-22 and led to the 2018 MLS Cup title.

“I think this was one the strangest moments of my life,” Martinez said afterward. “… It feels weird. It feels strange, like a mixture of happiness and sadness.”

Miami coach Phil Neville is hopeful his club has turned the corner now that the ugly slide is in the memory books.

“What happens with this club is that it probably is at its best when its backs are against the wall and it has adversity,” Neville said. “Then we all pull together.”

New England and Miami have split four previous meetings.

–Field Level Media

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