Another weekend, another Revolution matchup against a high-quality team that seems to be struggling early in this 2019 Major League Soccer season.
Last week? The defending MLS Cup champs Atlanta United, which hadn’t won a game in the league before it came to Foxborough. The Five Stripes left Route 1 with a 2-0 win.
Coming to Gillette Stadium Saturday night? That would be the New York Red Bulls, the defending regular season Eastern Conference champion and the Supporter’s Shield holders. The Scarlet Steers from the Garden State currently sit ninth in the East, having gone winless in its last four following last Sunday’s 2-2 draw in the Blue Hell of Children’s Mercy Park. And not only that, New York will be without its No. 10, Kaku, for seeing red after his second-half stoppage time stupidity against Sporting Kansas City.
To say that the Red Bulls are struggling would be an understatement.
But as we all know, New England is struggling, too, the Revs mired in mediocrity. Only one win in seven, sitting in the Eastern Conference’s basement for the second time this season. With the exception of Tajon Buchanan’s on-target shot in the 77th minute against AUFC last Saturday, the other Revolution strikers haven’t registered a shot on-frame yet.
And let’s not let this other stat be lonely: it’s been 208 minutes since The Boys In Blue have scored a goal.
Quite frankly, it’s not a good look at Patriot Place right now.
Yet for 90 minutes on Saturday, both teams will try to get out of the hole they’re in. And with both sides employing similar tactics — the high press, for instance — it asks the question: who’s better at implementing their tactics? Answer to be revealed by 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Offensively, New York is New York. Bradley Wright-Phillips can make the onion bag burp, but the Englishman has been in a scoring drought as of late, scoreless since an 85th-minute tally against San Jose on March 16. The Red Bulls have utilized a second striker with BWP in recent weeks, with