The Eastern Conference-leading New England Revolution hope to avoid a letdown when they visit last-place Inter Miami on Wednesday night.
New England (8-3-3, 27 points) has won just once in its last four matches, earning a 1-0 road victory over Atlanta United last Saturday. Gustavo Bou scored in the 18th minute, and Brad Knighton made five saves to preserve a clean sheet and help snap a 0-2-1 skid.
The Revolution are anticipating another close contest as they face 2020 expansion side Inter Miami (2-7-2, 8 points) for the first time.
"We've seen it across the league week in and week out. Any team can perform and step up on the day, and if you're not up to your best, you can be beat," Revolution defender Brandon Bye said. "Just like on Wednesday, we'll have to show up with our best."
Inter Miami is tied with Atlanta, Toronto and Dallas for the fewest victories in the league. Miami has lost five straight after posting a 2-2-2 record through its first six matches.
The match against New England marks Miami's first contest in 18 days after last Saturday's scheduled game at the New York Red Bulls was postponed due to severe weather. Miami conceded a 41st-minute goal in a 1-0 loss to Montreal on July 3.
Newly acquired goalkeeper Nick Marsman, attacker Indiana Vassilev and defender Kieran Gibbs could all make their Inter Miami debuts against New England.
"I think we have a good group, what I've seen," said Marsman, who spent the last two years with Dutch side Feyenoord Rotterdam. "It's not a big thing we're missing -- it's just the details, it's confidence, it's a bit of luck."
New England defender DeJuan Jones will be a game-time decision after exiting the match against Atlanta in the 72nd minute with an apparent injury.
--Field Level Media