Soccer Weekend: As Revs head to Orlando, a look at the Eastern Conference stretch run

As we enter this weekend and Match Day 30 for the Revolution, there are a few things to keep in mind:

Toronto FC is no longer right in front of the Revs. No, Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with New York City FC pushed the Reds up to fourth overall in the Eastern Conference, doing so via goal difference on DC United.

Right now, three points separate fourth place from seventh, and five between fourth and eighth. Seriously, it couldn’t be closer.

Only one team in the East — FC Cincinnati — has been eliminated from playoff contention. Remember that things were so kooky in the East last year that the Revolution weren’t eliminated from contention until the hour before they played Orlando City in the 32nd league match of the season. It seems that's what's going to happen in September/October 2019, keep everyone alive until the last three weeks.

But the key to keep in mind as the Revs ready to play Orlando City for the fourth time in 2019 — preseason, US Open Cup, league — is the spacing between these two sides in the East: New England sits seventh on 39 points, while the Lions are ninth on 35. Only Montreal separates them (37 points). And with L’Impact hosting Cincinnati at Stade Saputo Saturday, we might as well chalk this one up as a critical six-pointer for the Soccer Sons of Robert Kraft — who, for the record, should make the trip to Orlando for this one with Jonathan before heading to Miami to watch the Pats on Sunday. I’m just saying.

We’ve already told you about Orlando’s playing style in past match previews — patient football, build out of the back, through the wings, yadda, yadda, yadda — so instead, we’re going to break down how we think the remaining four weeks of MLS will shake down for the Revs, as well as the teams around them.

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