Sorry, gang. If you’re looking toward your faithful correspondent for solace on this Sunday morning, if you’re looking for answers, or for a shoulder to cry on … I just don’t know what to tell you.
An hour and a half in real time after the Revolution dropped two vital points in the Eastern Conference race with a 3-3 draw to Orlando City Saturday night, I’m trying -- with a Samuel Adams Porch Rocker in hand -- to do the same as you.
Sure. This was supposed to be one of The Easiest Matches New England would have in all of 2018.
Call it a layup.
Call it a gimme.
Even with a three-match losing skid and one point in four, this match — even with it being on the road — had three points written all of it. And we’ve already discussed the reasons why: Orlando City was a team that came into Saturday night having lost 12 of its last 13 in the league, and 13 in its last 16 in both competitions. A measly three points since May 6. A team that had given up 51 goals headed into the weekend.
Surely the fixture setters had this set up perfectly for New England, a team that even though it has so much scoring potential, has had difficulty in finishing their chances. Surely the Revs would find their scoring boots in the Sunshine State on a muggy Saturday night?
Nope. It turned out perfectly for Orlando, seeing as the Revolution have found various ways to blow leads in recent weeks.
And on Saturday night, the ol’ bugaboo — poor marking, sloppy play in the back, not enough toughness (seriously, can Bill Belichick spare Matthew Slater or the McCourty Brothers for a few minutes to teach certain members of Robert Kraft’s other football team a lesson on being friggin’ tough in gut-check time? Would that be too much to ask?) — came back to haunt the Revs when it really mattered.