Toronto, ON – Toronto FC and the New England Revolution will both be looking to end the season on a positive note at BMO Field on Saturday as the Eastern Conference bottom feeders square off.
The Revs enter the match having lost their last five games, and the team will finish the season with its fewest wins in the history of the franchise, something that defender Chris Tierney is still struggling with.
"I can't say there is any given reason (why this year has gone the way it has)," Tierney said. "Soccer is a momentum game and things haven't been going well for us, so that plays in the back of your head and that's something we'll have to try to improve on and look forward to next year."
One of the biggest problems for New England has been consistent scoring, with the club having tallied just four goals in its last five games while conceding 13.
"We've tried to be positive in every game we've played," said Revs coach Steve Nicol. "We've tried to do that. We want to do all those things. We haven't done it - that's the facts of the matter. And on the occasions we have made chances and scored some goals, we've let them in at the other end. And vice versa. We've had a tough time here; there's no hiding from that fact."
The season has been a big disappointment for Nicol and his team, while Toronto has not fared much better, entering the weekend with 32 points from 33 games.
TFC has now been a part of MLS for five seasons and has yet to make a playoff appearance, but there is a bit of a bright spot for the club entering the offseason with its performance in the CONCACAF Champions League.
The Reds secured a 3-0 win over FC Dallas in the competition on Tuesday which booked the team a place in the quarterfinals of the competition, which will take place in March.
And while the win does little for TFC in league play, it proved to forward Ryan Johnson what his team is capable of.
"That's been our problem since I've been here for the last half of the year," Johnson told MLSsoccer.com after the match. "Just closing out games.
"For us going forward, this is a lesson we need to teach ourselves."
A win on Saturday would give Toronto 11 points from its final six games and give the club a bit of momentum heading into another offseason without a playoff appearance.