Well, that was fun while it lasted.
The Revolution was the first New England professional team to hit the pitch after the pandemic halted everything, and they a nice opportunity to make some waves and generate more interest. Despite the opener not being on English-language television (seriously?), the Revs showed a lot of promise in said match when they bested Montreal 1-0 — and dominated the entire contest.
At that point, you could see the Revs going on a little run. All three of their Designated Players — MLS' franchise players getting the most money — finally played together, and Carles Gil, Gustavo Bou and Adam Buksa looked like they could make some beautiful music together.
Gil was the point guard who controlled the tempo. Bou was the small forward who scared the opposing defenses. Buksa was the power forward who could slam it home.
The opening match was tantalizing. The Revs were onto something on the field, and Bruce Arena channeled his inner Bill Belichick by completely outcoaching Impact bench boss Thierry Henry — totally outclassing Montreal.
Maybe they could catch lightning in a bottle, make a run and finally put the MLS on the map around here before the Big 4 sports really got going.
And then the 62nd minute happened in Game 2, when Gil exited the game with a mysterious injury.
The Revolution were never the same, and they were ousted 1-0 from the Round of 16 by the Philadelphia Union in the wee hours Saturday (another brilliant move ... two East Coast teams starting a match on the East Coast after 10:30 p.m. ... Who markets this league, Gary Bettman?). They were punchless. They lacked creativity. Arena got a red card for referee abuse after the final whistle, and then didn't speak to the media.
Well, that escalated quickly.
From a possible underdog run to exiting with a whimper (well, not from Arena obviously).
What the heck happened?