Wilfried Nancy has put pressure Colorado Rapids to continue building momentum ahead of the MLS Cup Playoffs as they prepare to take on New England Revolution.
The Rapids beat Portland Timbers 2-0 at the weekend to extend their home unbeaten run to 15 matches and secure a postseason spot for the second season running.
That followed a 1-1 draw with Western Conference leaders Seattle Sounders and Nancy is looking to send out a message with a positive result against an exceptional Revs side.
"We were really sharp against Seattle and backed that up with a very good performance against Portland," he said.
"We can't go backwards from here, not now we've started to ramp things up. The expectations are not only there from others, but from ourselves.
"We're moving in the right direction and now we've got to look to get better and better and better. They have players who can hurt us, as they've showed all season consistently.
"We have a number of things to be concerned about, but there are things for them to be concerned about also."
The Revs were crowned Supporters' Shield winners for the first time in their history at the weekend after the Sounders lost 2-1 to Sporting Kansas City.
Bruce Arena opted to make changes for the trip to Orlando City the following day and that almost backfired as the Revs required two late Adam Buksa goals to rescue a 2-2 draw.
The scoreline ultimately did not matter, with New England now fully focused on the playoffs, and Arena hopes his decision to keep some key players fit will pay off.
"Now we're in better shape to play against Colorado," he said. "I think if we had played our full team in the last game, it would be real difficult to recover and be ready on Wednesday.
"It's obviously a risk. We gambled on it a little bit and we're fortunate to walk away with a point."
New England Revolution - Adam Buksa
Buksa was one of nine players to make way from the Revs' starting line-up between the win over D.C. United and draw with Orlando but should be restored to the XI here.
The Poland international's late brace from the bench last time out took his tally for the season to 16 goals, one behind MLS-leading scorer Ola Kamara.
Colorado Rapids - Braian Galvan
From his starting position of left wing-back, Galvan assisted goals for Dominique Badji and Diego Rubio in the Rapids' 2-0 win over Portland.
Colorado's last three goals have been scored via headers, so Galvan's deliveries could cause the Revs a few issues in midweek.
- The Revs have won five of the last six meetings between the sides (L1), including the last two. New England have won their last four home matches against Colorado dating back to 2012 and Colorado have not won in Foxborough since a 2-1 victory in April 2010.
- The Revolution have guaranteed the best record in MLS this season, giving the club its first Supporters' Shield. Arena, who had won the Shield with the Galaxy and D.C. United, is the second manager to win the Supporters' Shield with three different clubs, joining Sigi Schmid (LA Galaxy, Columbus, Seattle).
- The Rapids beat Portland 2-0, their third win in the last six matches (D1 L2). Colorado have managed to put together just one winning streak over the last four months, however, winning three in a row in August.
- New England's draw with Orlando City took them to 70 points on the season, the third team in MLS history to reach that mark after Los Angeles FC (72) in 2019 and the Red Bulls in 2018 (71). New England can set the all-time single-season points record with a win over Colorado.
- The Rapids have 15 headed goals this season, the most in MLS, while they have allowed just two headed goals, tied for the fewest in the league.
Updated October 26, 2021