Sweeney: Hope remains, but it’s now or never for Revolution

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(David Silverman/Revolution)

FOXBOROUGH — Admit it: back on June 2, you left Gillette Stadium — or read my column and match report the next morning — feeling pretty darn good about yourselves.

On that day, the Revolution had knocked off those Scarlet Steers from Harrison in come-from-behind fashion, 2-1, even though it could have been more had they known how to finish.

That win pushed the Sons of Brad Friedel out of sixth place for the first time in a while, getting the Revs into fifth. At the time, it was their first win in three weeks, having lost a heartbreaker to Columbus here in the rain, 1-0, on May 19, before the gaffe in Vancouver and the 1-1 draw to Atlanta United (and losing Chris Tierney) only a few days prior to New York’s arrival.

Seriously, at that point, things looked pretty good. Fifth place! Still work to do at that point, but the next three games — even though they were on the road — looked fairly winnable.

But what has happened since then? I’m sorry if I’m twisting the knife, but reality — and the results earned, not the way the Revolution have played — hurts.

June 5, at Louisville City in the US Open Cup: a 3-2 loss. Out of the tourney.
June 9, at Chicago: 1-1 draw. A come-from-behind effort.
July 13, at San Jose: 2-2 draw.
June 30, vs. DC United: 3-2 win.

But then, the summer swoon hit the Revs like humidity between the eyes.

July 7, vs. Seattle: Scoreless draw.
July 14, vs. LA Galaxy: 3-2 loss after going up 2-0 even while playing down a man.
July 18, at Minnesota United: 2-0 loss.
July 21, at New York: 2-0 loss.
Aug. 4, at Orlando City: 3-3 draw, blowing two leads.
And now, Aug. 11, vs. Philadelphia: 3-2 loss after coming from behind with two goals, then blowing that in an unbelievable way.

(Quick aside: Remember when I said I would take the week away from writing my own fictional storylines and try to come up with a new way to write about the Revolution blowing points? Yeah…. What happened Saturday wasn’t one of them.)

In all, since June 2, the Revolution are, in both competitions, in terrible form. One win in the last 10 outings. Seven points out of 27 (remember that the Open Cup isn’t points-based) possible points in the league.

One win. Four losses. Four draws. Plus a knockout tournament L.

Really, this is the soccer world we’re living in at the moment, and it isn’t pretty. I’m sorry to be the bearer of such bad tidings, all while we await the day the Revolution play mistake-free football for 90 minutes.

Please don’t hold your breath for that; I’d feel awful if one of my dear readers turned into a Smurf.

And I think we’ve beaten this to death, but when in Rome, we can’t stress this enough: If New England had buried their opponents… if New England didn’t find themselves in these predicaments… if New England was absolutely clinical like it can be… it would sit at 49 points right now. 49! With that total, the Revolution would be up there in not only the conversation for the Eastern Conference title, but would be in the mix for the Supporter’s Shield, too.

Think about that for a moment… the Supporter’s Shield. An actual trophy. Residing alongside the US Open Cup. Residing alongside the Superliga. Residing alongside five Lombardis.

Right now, the Revolution are so far from the Supporter’s Shield that it’s only a dream.

But alas, dear friends… there is hope out there. I know it doesn’t look like it given the morass of poor results The Boys In Blue have posted these last two-plus months, but there is hope.

Here. I’ll let Teal Bunbury tell you what that hope is: