Yes, yes, we know how bad the Revolution are, and we really don’t have to re-hash it … but you know we can’t help ourselves. Dead last in the Eastern Conference, eight points taken from 33 so far, a week away from Chelsea FC coming to Foxborough and pulling an Arya Stark to the Revs’ Petyr Baelish, and a goal difference that is going down faster than the Lusitania did way back in 1915.
But to be fair, Wednesday night’s opponent, Chicago, isn’t necessarily faring much better than The Boys In Blue.
The Fire sit slightly above New England in 10th, with 10 points claimed out of 30; only FC Cincinnati, which just fired its manager after 11 matches in its inaugural season, separates the two (8 points, sitting 11th via the goal difference tiebreaker). Two wins so far, just as many as the Revolution, and four losses. Chicago is having just as much trouble scoring as the Revs are (12 goals to New England’s 11), but defending is a different issue altogether: while New England’s goal feels double the size, the Fire have allowed nearly half as many (13 to 25).
It’s pretty safe to say that Wednesday night’s clash in Bridgeview is more than just another bottom of the East six-pointer; no, it is chance to turn the Fire’s season around, and a chance for New England to get its head above water.
And if neither side can do that, things aren’t likely to improve.