OK, infamy may be a stretch, yet it was undoubtedly the lowest point in the club’s recent history: the second of back-to-back five-goal defeats. The Revolution sat dead last in the Eastern Conference, leaked in goals like a sieve, had trouble scoring for the most part.
But the next seven days turned the 2019 season on its ear for Robert Kraft’s soccer stepsons. Brad Friedel? Sayonara. Michael Burns? Adios. Bruce Arena? Welcome to Foxborough.
Since that dark midweek evening in Bridgeview, New England has gone on a well-documented turnaround that has caught the eyes of the Boston sports media, the pundits on MLSSoccer.com — you know, the ones who said the club wouldn’t come close to making the postseason — and soccer fans across the country. An 11-match unbeaten run, 13 out of the last 14 unbeaten, a new attacker in Gustavo Bou (4 goals in 6 appearances), and a new contract for goalkeeper Matt Turner.
The Fire? They’ve had a little turnaround over the last month, winning three of their last four after only winning twice since sending Friedel to the unemployment line. Nemanja Nikolic has scored five goals in that recent stretch, a danger up top. And it was Bastian Schweinsteiger two weeks ago who scored the match-winning goal against Montreal, who were threatening to knock the Revs below the playoff line with a draw.
Two teams on the upswing, Saturday night at Gillette? We’ve got three words for you: Bring. It. On.