Revolution

Soccer Weekend: Revs can wrap 7th place up Sunday – unless you want chaos to ensue

Following Wednesday night’s they-pulled-that-one-from-the-murky-depths-of-their-hindquarters point, the Revolution enter Sunday’s revenge game against New York City FC — yup, you guessed it — still in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Sitting on 42 points thanks to the draw, New England can clinch its first postseason berth since 2015 with a victory over the Pigeons (5 p.m.).

That’s the easy explanation.

But even with a loss or a draw, the Revs can still clinch that postseason spot should 8th-place Chicago (9-12-11, 38) fail to beat Toronto FC Sunday, and the other teams below them fail to achieve victory, as well.

In short, match or better those results.

Thanks to that four-point gap and with all teams at 32 matches played, New England enters the weekend favorites to advance. Of course, it won’t be easy given NYCFC needing to match or better Philadelphia’s result at Columbus to lock up first in the East. Any way one slices it, this weekend’s tilt on Route 1 — about an hour or so after the Pats play the Bills, so schedule your TV viewing accordingly — should be one for the ages.

Here’s what else you need to know about the Eastern Conference playoff race as it heads into the final two weeks of the season:

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