Revolution coach Jay Heaps might have found the solution to his team’s scoring troubles last Saturday night in a 2-0 home win over the Philadelphia Union. Heaps used a new formation — 4-1-4-1 — and the Revolution consistently threatened the Union’s goal.
But it remains to be seen whether Heaps’s strategy will have the same impact against the Portland Timbers, who will square off Thursday night against New England at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore.
Part of the Revolution’s success tactically could have been due to the fact that the Union weren’t prepared. The Timbers will have had five days to review tape.
Also, Revolution defender Chris Tierney was suspended for the Portland game by MLS for a reckless challenge against Philadelphia’s Sebastien LeToux. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.