Soccer Weekend: Three things to keep in mind as Revs head to Atlanta … again

OK, the international break is over — seriously, US men? You lost to Canada?! That’s … kinda pathetic — and it’s time for the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs to begin. For the first time since 2015, the Revolution are participants, not onlookers.

But since that last playoff appearance, things have changed, if only slightly.

Let’s examine what you need to know heading into this weekend’s games:

No. 7 Revs at No. 2 Atlanta United (1 p.m. Univision/NBC Sports Boston)

Not necessarily the best matchup for the Revolution, who have never beaten the Five Stripes at the House of Horrors, nor have they beaten them, period. Yet it would be a tremendous first win should The Boys In Blue come out victorious Saturday afternoon in the Deep South.

Yet most of the pundits are picking the defending MLS Cup champs to come out on top.

“We haven't even talked about anything like that,” Bruce Arena said Wednesday about those particular predos. “I don't think our players are well aware of what the so-called talking heads are predicting. Who cares? We have to go out and play the game.”

New England goes back to Atlanta with absolutely nothing to lose. Two weeks ago, the Revolution traveled here, got on the front foot by a smidge, fell behind, pulled even, and then fell behind again.

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