As we approach Saturday’s home opener for the Revolution, who are the only MLS club without a point this season, the team has to be excited to play their first game in Foxboro in 2017, after their game on March 11th against Orlando City SC got postponed due to weather. At 0-0-2, the Revolution will be welcoming Minnesota United FC, who sit at 0-1-2 with a goal differential of a whopping -9. So if there was ever a good opportunity to get a first win, it is this Saturday.
After suffering 5-1 and 6-1 losses, at the hands of Portland and Atlanta respectively, Minnesota United FC got their first ever MLS point in a 2-2 draw against Colorado this past week. This past draw should be good for giving MNUFC confidence as they head to New England to face a team that lost to Colorado on opening weekend.
Last weekend wasn’t so positive for the Revolution. In their 2-1 loss to Dallas, Lee Nguyen scored the club’s first goal of the season with a 10th minute penalty that put the Foxboro side up 1-0. That lead would last for over an hour of gameplay when Maximiliano Urruti drew Dallas level in the 71st minute thanks to the Revolution’s back four and a miscue by goalkeeper, Cody Cropper. Then just moments later, in the 76th minute, Urruti scored once more on a defensive meltdown, giving Dallas FC the 2-1 lead that would last for the remainder of the match.
The Revolution played rough 65 minutes of winning soccer this past weekend in Dallas, but in order to pull out a victory this coming Saturday they’ll have to play 90 minutes of winning soccer. This is a questionable task for a team that hasn’t made many changes in the last year to improve their squad. With the way the club has been playing since the middle of last season, this match could go a long way in deciding the future of their manager, Jay Heaps.