Revolution

Soccer Weekend: The start of a long, important stretch for the Revolution

We’ve been crowing a lot recently about must-win games and the Revolution. Pretty much every game for the last two months has been that way, given the club’s positioning in the Eastern Conference table, where they were, and their hunt for postseason soccer for the first time in four years. In recent weeks, despite a rocky stretch where New England hasn’t been able to close out games and have been hindered by poor decisions by both players, coaches, and referees, the Soccer Sons of Robert Kraft have somehow staved off dropping below the playoff line ... mainly thanks to the ineptitude of the teams below them. True story.

This weekend, New England hosts Real Salt Lake to kick off a nine-day stretch where The Boys In Blue play three of their final four games of the 2019 Major League Soccer regular season. A win over the Rocky Mountain tourists — oh yeah, and Kelyn Rowe — would go a long way toward helping the club secure playoff soccer. A win would put the Revs on 43 points, maintaining their hold on seventh.

A draw, though, would keep the Revs above the line until next weekend. A loss, and with either a Montreal win over LA Galaxy or a Chicago Fire win over FC Cincinnati, the Revs would fall below the line.

In short, a message to the Revolution changing room from the fandom: Don’t lose Saturday. A draw is, gulp, fine (and this is coming from the guy who last week wrote that winners don’t drop points this late in the season). A win would be better.

Just. Don’t. Lose.

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