FOXBOROUGH — As I sit here on Blue Level, the last sands of Wednesday night trickling through the hourglass, I’m trying to wrap my head around something, and I can only feel one question bouncing off the inner surfaces of my rather fat Irish-American cranium:
Just what in the hell are we watching here with this Revolution side?
You might recall that in early May, I had absolutely written this team off. The Revolution had only won two games in 2019, and couldn’t get out of their own way. New England had lost a midweek horror show to Montreal, dropped a two-goal lead on the road to Sporting Kansas City, and then was obliterated by Philadelphia and Chicago in consecutive five-goal blowouts.
And once the Revs lost out on Paul-Jose M’Poku — presumably the player that Brad Friedel claimed “wants to play here, wants to live here” back on March 24 — I had declared that the New England front office waved the white flag on the 2019 season.
Of course, that set off a tidal wave. Friedel, see you later. It’s not us, it’s you.
Scott Caldwell, one of the elder statesmen of this Revolution team, came out in front of the Boston Soccer Press Corps and said that we have to be better.
Michael Burns? Thank you for your loyalty, but you cannot get a third bite of the apple.
The next day, Bruce Arena was hired, and he got both jobs.
Somewhere in the middle of that 96-hour stretch of tumultuous activity, and with interim coach Mike Lapper in the technical area, the Revolution — with the same players who looked lifeless, listless, and lost — thumped San Jose, 3-1, in this building.
And sure, there was a bump. A scoreless draw in Montreal which was ugly soccer. A week later, Matt Turner planted Wayne Rooney. A week after that, a tremendous 2-1 win over LA Galaxy in Arena’s New England debut.
A win over the Red Bulls in the Open Cup. A draw against Philadelphia in Arena’s first home game. But since then, back-to-back wins over Houston and Colorado, last Friday’s 2-2 draw against DC United — on the road, mind you — and now, Wednesday night’s 4-0 clean sheet over Vancouver.
That’s now nine straight in the league without a loss, 5-0-4 in that time, something that hasn’t been done in the regular season ‘round these parts since the