Sweeney: If only there was a way to cure — or to change — this defensive amnesia

Hello darkness, my old friend … I’ve come to talk to you again.

The last few weeks with the New England Revolution, we’ve seen some great performances -- and we’ve seen some rubbish -- on the defensive end of the football. Against Los Angeles, a wonderful performance by The Boys In Blue spoiled by those -- and I’m sorry for bringing up these bad memories again -- two lackadaisical “defending” moves by Claude Dielna.

Against Minnesota United on Wednesday evening, a poor header by Jalil Anibaba five minutes in leads to a goal. And just before the half, poor defending -- starting with Wilfried Zahibo’s (seriously, put the rotten fruit down; didn’t you ever learn not to shoot the messenger?) poor reaction -- leads to the Loons' second, and the Revs are playing on the back foot for the final 45.

And now, against New York, another set of defensive gaffes had Revolution supporters yanking out their hair: