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The Revolution are in eighth place with four games to play.

The New England Revolution are running low on opportunities to secure a berth in the rapidly approaching MLS Cup playoffs.

The Revolution (9-10-11) are currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, one slot above the cutoff line, with four games on tap going into Tuesday’s 8:30 p.m. road encounter with Houston Dynamo FC (8-16-6) at PNC Stadium.

“I think the approach is to get three points by any means necessary,” said center back Henry Kessler. “We don’t have many matches left, so we need to get the points. That’s the mindset, that’s the approach, that’s the goal.”

The Revolution had limited preparation time for the Dynamo following last Saturday night’s 2-1 loss to Red Bulls New York in Harrison, N.J. The Revolution scored first but gave up two second half goals and never recovered. The Revolution are 1-3-1 in their last five and need to bypass the Columbus Crew (41 points) to capture the final playoff spot.

“It’s crunch time now,” said Revolution midfielder Tommy McNamara, who was acquired by New England in a trade with Houston in 2020.

“We’re in this kind of state that we’ve been in over the last few weeks that we need to pick up results and get points. We just need to have a committed effort from all 11 guys on the field and from the players that come off the bench to try and do everything that we can to get three points.”

The Dynamo are in a state of disarray which makes them difficult to prepare for, especially in the short amount to time involving travel allocated by the schedule. Houston has been eliminated from postseason contention in the Western Conference and parted ways with head coach Paulo Nagamura on Sept. 6.

The Dynamo battled Sporting Kansas City to a scoreless draw on Sept. 10 under interim coach Kenny Bundy. The Dynamo have scored 43 goals with 44 allowed in 30 games, which is significantly better that the Revolution.

New England has scored 36 goals with 48 allowed in 30 games despite seven clean sheets from rookie keeper Djordje Petrovic. The Dynamo enjoy better ratios that the Revolution on shots (384-345) and shots on target (136-118).

“I think one of the challenges is we’re not exactly sure what to expect from (Houston),” said Kessler. “With a new coach and eliminated, they might try some new things.

“But most of the focus is going to be on us and how we prepare and how we perform. I think the challenge would be that we’re not exactly sure how they’ll line up.

“That being said, no matter how they line up, we should focus on ourselves and know our game plan.”

The Revolution welcome the return of midfielder Carles Gil. The league’s reigning MVP missed the Red Bulls match to be with his wife Maria, who gave birth to the couple’s first child on Saturday.

“We are happy that everything seems to be all good and we’re happy to have him back,” said McNamara.

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