Before we begin, we have good news to share: Sunday’s home finale with New York City FC (5 p.m.) will have Commuter Rail service from South Station (2:10 p.m. departure). Stops will be made at Back Bay Station (2:15 p.m.), Route 128 (2:30 p.m.), Mansfield (2:55 p.m.), and the train arrives at Gillette at 3:30 p.m. The return train will depart half an hour after the match ends.
If you’ve been following along with us since we jumped on the beat with BSJ last year, I had written that Commuter Rail service to Gillette for Revs fans is rather imperative, especially to help fans inside the Hub — those who depend on public transportation wherever they go — get to The Razor for Revs matches. Now whether this continues into 2020 remains to be seen, but we’re hoping that a lot of Revolution supporters take advantage of this on Sunday to tell the folks at the MBTA that yes, this is something to greatly consider headed into next season and beyond.
Of course, the Revs' front office has to continue growing the product, and continue putting a great product on the pitch for fans to enjoy.
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And so, we’ve reached it at last. The Game In Hand game. Known since January, this midweek tilt (Wednesday, 10:30 p.m.) between the Revolution and Portland, in Portland, is turning out to be absolutely pivotal in New England’s search for playoff soccer.
What we didn’t know back in January? That this match would be pivotal for Portland’s search for playoff soccer, too.
Entering Wednesday night’s tilt on the West Coast, the Timbers sit eighth place in the Western Conference and are, like the Revolution, playing for their playoff lives. But the interesting thing about this is their run of form leading into midweek is something hovering around dreadful: winless in three, and winless in five of their last seven, with two wins bisecting their streak.
But not only that, Portland has not scored a goal in the last three home matches dating back to Brian Fernández’s stoppage-time winner against Sporting Kansas City on Sept. 7.
That’s right: the Timbers are incredibly anemic on offense right now, their fixture congestion and injuries doing a number of their roster. And despite this past Sunday’s scoreless draw, Portland has a defense that can be torched. But enough about them for a couple of minutes.
The Revolution needs to take care of business tonight. With Portland in a bit of a slump, New England needs to snap out of theirs (1-2-5 since the end of July) tonight to eliminate a few teams from playoff contention, and to move one step closer to the postseason themselves.
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