Entering this past Saturday, the New England Revolution were at a crucial point in their season. Coming off of consecutive home draws against San Jose and D.C., the Revolution sat at just 2-3-3 as they flew out to Seattle to play an underperforming Sounders FC squad who were 2-3-2. A big win on the west coast would’ve been huge for this Revolution squad. Daigo Kobayashi was given the start over the struggling Kei Kamara, and it payed off early as Daigo found the back of the net in the 15th minute to give the Revs an early 1-0 lead. Despite the fact that Seattle owned possession for 74% of the game, the men from Foxboro were in control of the game. Juan Agudelo would knock in goals in the 26th and 54th minute to give the Revolution what should have been a comfortable 3-0 lead.
This was the best the New England side had looked all season, however, the inconsistent club that we’ve seen for early this season came back for the last 15 minutes of the match. Sounders FC was able to score in the 75th, 85th, and 88th minutes to tie the game at three and force a draw. The draw pushes the Revs to 2-4-3, good for just 10 points and 9th place in the Eastern Conference.
Despite the fact that the Revolution are undefeated in their past three matches, they have just three points to show for it. Many fans of the club will look at the matches and say it should be 9 points. Between playing two lesser clubs at home, and blowing a three goal lead, the Revolution have failed to make the most out of their opportunities. It is still early in the season, but these points still matter.
The recent struggles have lead supporters to call for changes to the roster, the starting lineups, and possibly the coaching staff. The Revolution have an excellent opportunity to win the favor of their critics this upcoming weekend in Columbus.
When the Revolution play the 5th place Crew, who come in at 4-1-4, they will have the chance to match them in points for the season at 13. Despite the fact the C-Bus started the season rather strong, they’ve lost their last two matches and are currently looking rather susceptible to a competent attacking team. If the Revolution are able to capture much of the essence that they had in the first 75 minutes of the Seattle match, they could pose a massive threat to Columbus and possibly come home with three huge points.
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