In less than a month’s time, the entire sporting world will be immersed in all things futbol. The 2014 FIFA World Cup begins on June 12 and if one had to bet there will be something of a soccer hangover in the States when the big dance wraps up in early July.
Fortunately, there will be an outlet locally. An outlet that suddenly has title aspirations. If you hadn’t heard yet, the New England Revolution are good again and they have the potential to be very good. Like, championship good.
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The Revolution currently own the most points in the Eastern Conference with 20 and have a conference-best 6-3-2 record.
Midfielders Lee Nguyen and Diego Fagundez have been tremendous offensively for the Revs as they have combined for eight goals and three assists on the year. But the most recent accolades have come from the 11th overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, Patrick Mullins.
Mullins is on fire as he has ripped off three goals in three games since being inserted into the starting lineup at forward. Mullins’ goals resulted in New England victories over Toronto, Seattle and Philly.
“He’s been unbelievable the past three games,” Revs forward Teal Bunbury told MLSsoccer.com. “It’s his work off the ball, holding the ball up, making runs, working defensively, all those aspects that not too many people will look at.”
The Revolution wrap up the first half of their 2014 regular season with showdowns against D.C. United at Gillette Stadium this Saturday (7:30 p.m., CSNNE), in Montreal against the Impact on May 31 and back home against the New York Red Bulls on June 8. After a 20-day break due to the World Cup, the Revs will crank up the second half of their schedule on June 28 against Philadelphia at Gillette.
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