The MLS preseason doesn’t mean anything in terms of the league standings.

But — especially this year — it was a key time for the New England Revolution. Filled with new faces, the Revs — who played their final exhibition match yesterday against Houston — needed all the field time they could get.

There were ups and downs to the preseason slate, star midfielder Shalrie Joseph said this weekend.

“Some days you’re definitely smiling and getting a good giggle out there knowing you have great players around you and it’s a treat to play with them,” he said. “And some days it’s just a headache that we’re not getting it all together.”

After their most disappointing season to date, the Revs hope to prove the doubters wrong by going back to the playoffs.

But in order to get back, they’ll have to succeed with a completely different and younger team.

“We have a really young group over here and we just can’t be frustrated with what we have in terms of making simple mistakes,” Joseph said.

New England’s regular season starts March 20 against L.A.

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