FOXBOROUGH — Sometimes, the games will be ugly like this.
When you have two well-matched sides, two sides who play similar styles by throwing the fullbacks high as they work chances, they are going to slog it out. On the plastic pasture of Gillette Stadium on Saturday night, there weren’t too many chances to score goals, but anything resembling a chance didn’t look pretty in the build-up. It wasn’t the most attractive football, for sure.
Sometimes, the conditions are not going to be exactly the way you want them. You just need to keep playing through it.
You can’t control the weather, and with the way the rain almost didn’t want to let up at various points of Saturday’s 1-nil defeat at the hands of Columbus Crew, the only thing the Revolution had control of was clearing the football in a critical moment. That didn’t happen with pressure building in the 85th minute, and Lalas Abubakar, unmarked, wheeled around the penalty spot and rose to meet Frederico Higuain’s corner service. They played through, of course, but one mistake was a dagger — a six-point dagger in the Eastern Conference race.