After cheaping out on star midfielder Jermaine Jones and trading him to Colorado (6-2-2, 1st place in the West) before the 2016 season had even started, this was expected to be somewhat of a rebuilding year for the Revolution. So far, calling it a "rebuild" would be kind. The team has been absolutely dreadful.
The Revs have already played 11 matches and have only won a single game (1-0 on April 1 vs. Red Bulls). If you are an eternal optimist, you’d say that their absurd seven draws show that they aren’t that far off from winning, but after Sunday’s depressing 4-2 loss in Carson, California to the Galaxy (5-1-3) - you have to wonder if they are a lost cause.
New England is winless in its last six games (0-2-4) ahead of Saturday’s pivotal meeting (7:30 p.m., CSNNE) with Chicago (1-2-4) at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution are in eighth-place in the East while the Fire are in last-place (10th). The Revs didn’t give themselves a chance against Los Angeles, which still happens to be one of the top teams in Major League Soccer. New England spotted their hosts an insurmountable 3-0 halftime lead and though they cut it to 3-2 in the second half (with Juan Agudelo’s possible tying goal hitting the crossbar in the 83rd minute), it would have been highway robbery if they walked away with any points on that day.
“It just wasn’t good enough in the first half,” admitted Revolution forward Kelyn Rowe. “We dug ourselves into a hole but we did start to dig ourselves out of it. I thought we came out in the second half and played very well.”
New England is tied for the most games played in the league so it predictably owns the worst goal-differential in MLS. The Revs are 1-0-4 at home and winless on the road (0-3-3), therefore these next three games - which are all at Gillette - will be critical if they want to make this season interesting.
The Revolution have only scored 13 goals this season, which is middle of the pack. but their 20 goals allowed is the worst out of all 20 teams. Moreover, their average of 0.91 points earned per game is second worst in MLS, ahead of only Houston (2-5-2), the last-place team in the Western Conference.
Luck when it comes to health hasn’t really been on their side either as forward Charlie Davies (groin), midfielder Chris Tierney (hamstring) and defender Jose Goncalves (rib) are all currently banged up. Tierney appears on schedule to return this weekend against the Fire, which will certainly help, while Davies could miss another game or two and Goncalves’ status is a bit of a mystery after he left late in the game against Los Angeles.
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