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Revs happy with Andy Dorman return

If the New England Revolution are looking for an x-factor in Saturday's match versus the Houston Dynamo, they may look no further than the steadying presence of Andy Dorman.

The veteran holding midfielder, who did not play when the two teams met in the season opener, has been a fixture in the starting eleven over the past four weeks, helping to solidify the club from the back line up through the middle third of the field.

"I think Andy's really played well for us," said coach Jay Heaps to MLSsoccer.com on Friday. "He's doing a nice job defensively, but also keeping defenders honest because he's spreading the ball, and he can serve balls over distance."

Dorman's ability to spread the ball may be what ultimately springs an offense that is hungry to score in bunches.

He commands the middle third by using a patient approach that allows for the Revolution to get a proper pace settled, and with an 84% success rate on his passes, Dorman distributes at the right times.

"Andy has the ability to play short, he's technical enough," said Heaps. "He also has the ability to spread the ball out. I think that's important to be able to unlock defenses."

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