Some good news and bad news as we head into the weekend.
First, the bad news. The Revolution, even with a win against the New York Red Bulls Saturday night (7 p.m.), cannot move out of sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Yes, the Revs would be tied with the Red Bulls on points (37), but they cannot supplant New York due to the wins tiebreaker (New York has 11, New England has nine). Que sera, sera. A loss or a draw, like last week, could potentially send New England back below the playoff barrier, as Montreal, Orlando City (victorious Wednesday night), and Toronto FC are all at 33 points.
The good news? This is a team New England has already beaten twice this year — 1-0 at Gillette on April 20, 3-2 in extra time in the US Open Cup on June 12 in Montclair, NJ — and this is an Eastern Conference six-pointer. A good opportunity to gain ground in the hopes of securing a home playoff game — if not, just a playoff spot, period — in October.
And the Revolution will look to make it three straight against a Red Bulls team that has been a teeter-totter as of late: New York is coming off a 4-2 defeat to LAFC, one week after handling Toronto.
Since we last met up with the Energy Drinks, New York has four wins and a draw — 13 points — out of a possible 27. It’s such an inconsistency for the reigning Supporter’s Shield holders that its current run of form is as follows: L-W-L-W-L.
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