Soccer Weekend: Revolution entertain LAFC at the start of a brutal month ahead

As the calendar has turned from July to August, we have entered the Dog Days of Summer. The days are usually a touch hotter — seriously, what happened this morning? — and it feels like there is no end of the broiling conditions in sight.

The same can be said, in one particular view, of the New England Revolution — albeit in reverse. For most of July, with one exception, The Boys In Blue played teams below them in the full Major League Soccer table: Houston Dynamo? 17th. Colorado Rapids? 23rd. Vancouver? 22nd. Cincinnati? 24th. And last Saturday’s opponent, Orlando City? 18th. A few months ago, the Revolution were down there, but are now mid-table, sitting 13th overall.

That being said, the easy part of New England’s schedule is kaput. Done and dusted. Now, the season really begins and the Revs can find out who they are when they enter the Dogs Days — the tough days — of their fixtures, starting with Saturday night’s home tilt against Los Angeles Football Club (7:30 p.m.).

Oh yeah, that’s the top-team-in-the-whole-damned-league Los Angeles Football Club. Yup, another Boston vs. Los Angeles tilt, one which should be absolute fire: the best team in the league versus arguably the hottest team in the league, one which carries an 11-game unbeaten streak — 7-0-4 — into it.

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