“I think everyone within the team, looking back on the game, realizes the intensity and what we need to do better the next time we play them,” Parkhurst said.
Atlanta United played better against the Red Bulls in the second half, but could never break through in suffering their third shutout in league play this season.
“Hopefully, it’s a lesson learned,” Parkhurst said.
Like New York with the race for the Shield, the Revs also have something to play for because they are still alive in the race for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. New England is in eighth with 35 points from 30 games. It is five points behind sixth-place Montreal.
“It’s like a dog in a corner that is going to want to fight their way out,” Larentowicz said. “They need to get three points for them to have hope. That’s dangerous. That’s something we really have to be ready for.”
And like the Red Bulls, the Revs are a team that likes to press. It attempted to do so when they hosted Atlanta United on May 30 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Atlanta United handled the press and took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Josef Martinez in the 23rd minute. The Revs tied the game on a penalty kick by Teal Bunbury in the 88th minute.
Factoring the stakes and the opponent style, Parkhurst said that Atlanta United will match New England’s intensity.
“Looking ahead, it shouldn’t be a problem,” he said. “We have a couple of home games coming up. We knew the position that we are in. We still control our own destiny.”