Revolution

Sweeney: Impatiently waiting for Revolution to shake road blues

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On Monday afternoon out in sunny San Jose, Revolution gaffer Brad Friedel spoke about how he’s trying to erase the so-called “road mentality” from the minds and hearts of this still-in-its-infancy soccer team.

After all, New England has had rather poor form when away from the expansive confines of Gillette Stadium over the last few seasons: Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw with the Earthquakes marked the Revs’ third consecutive road draw in ’18, which put The Boys In Blue at seven — count ‘em — seven road points for the year. It eclipses '17’s total of six road points. Yay, progress!

But just because I want to twist the knife a little harder: since the start of the ’15 season, New England has accrued a grand total of 41 road points (17 in '15, 11 in '16, 6 in '17, 7 in '18) out of a possible 174. Seventeen road matches a season, all worth three points apiece. The Revs have played seven road matches already this year, an average of a draw per match.

In a phrase, that’s not good. We all know that.

Yet Friedel believes this team should have more than seven points away from home this season, and we believe they should, as well.