FOXBOROUGH — Call this weekend what you will, but in our eyes the Revolution face a must-win — no losses, no draws, less than three points just won’t do— when The Boys In Blue, fresh off the bye week, fly to the Sunshine State to take on slumping Orlando City SC Saturday night.
While New England is in the proverbial summer swoon with no wins in its last four outings including three straight L’s, the Lions’ slump is far worse: Orlando City has lost 12 of its last 13 in Major League Soccer play as well as 13 out of its last 16 in both competitions.
If anything, the time is right for the Revolution to get back on the winning side of the ledger: Orlando is also coming off a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night, where the Lions held three separate one-goal leads. But with Zlatan Ibrahimovic involved, those leads were short-lived excursions as the Swede potted a hat trick and assisted on LA’s first goal.
In all of ’18, Orlando City has conceded 51 goals in the league, the most goals allowed by any side in MLS this year, and are on pace to shatter the league record for goals allowed in a season: a dubious mark set by the defunct Tampa Bay Mutiny in 2001 (68), its last season in the league.
It’s something that has the Revs’ offense salivating coming off the bye week.