Revolution

Soccer Weekend: Wondo Watch comes to Foxborough with Revs reeling, and San Jose surging

Sorry for the tardiness of this week’s edition of Soccer Weekend; there were just a few other things going on in the second half of the week when I traditionally write it. — Sweens

San Jose, Saturday’s opponent for the New England Revolution, is a complexity.

Over most of the last seven years, the Earthquakes have been one of two things: bottom feeders, or just not good enough to make the playoffs. And as the 2019 Major League Soccer season began a little more than two months ago, it looked like everything would remain status quo. After all, the Quakes have a new manager in Matias Almeyda. Surely the lads need the time to gel and learn the new system. And yes, the defending can be disorganized — yet they are not the comedy of errors we here in New England see week after week.

But let me tell you, something crazy has happened in Silicon Valley: the Quakes are getting results. After an 0-4 start, San Jose has captured points in five of their last six, and haven’t tasted defeat since a 2-1 loss to Houston on April 13. They enter Saturday in eighth place in the Western Conference (3-5-2, 11 points), and a win over the Revolution would see San Jose into the playoff spots, given last night’s result for seventh-place Vancouver Whitecaps.

And they can win tonight, given New England’s recent managerial switch, only one training session under interim coach Mike Lapper, and with the way the Revs’ defending has been recently — read: non-existent — the Quakes’ attackers, especially Shea Salinas and Danny Hoesen, have to have eyes as wide as the moon.

The real question, though: does Almeyda let old stalwart Chris Wondolowski have a go at the Revs’ back line?

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