Revolution

Sweeney: Despite prior assurances to the contrary, the 2019 Revolution turned things around

FOXBOROUGH — It’s really hard to believe. It’s hard to believe what has transpired in most of the last half-calendar year when it comes to New England’s soccer sons.

Some five months ago, I had written the 2019 edition of the New England Revolution off as has-beens, a team that wouldn’t go to the playoffs regardless of what happened in the second half of the season.

And to be honest, I had solid reasoning for that.

Nineteen players from a really, really, really lousy team had returned to Gillette Stadium on January 21. It was supposed to be a fresh start in minus-17 weather — I’m still not properly warm, even through the broiler of a summer we just experienced — and the former regime had said over and over again that these players were committed. They also had the funds to get two designated players.

And then it started. Two wins against Minnesota United and the Red Bulls, 8 points taken out of 36. When that happens, you have every right to think that it’s OK to write a team off when they start 2-8-2 in the first two-plus months. Seriously … I felt justified.

And with that start came so many problems: