The suddenly hot New England Revolution are going for their 3rd straight win tonight (June 25th) in D.C. where they’ll be taking on United (7pm). This will be the 3rd meeting between the two sides. United has already taken four points from the Revolution so far and that includes a solid 3-0 win at RFK Field back on April 23rd. The Rev’s are currently two points ahead of United for 6th place and seven points out of 1st.
Having just come of their 1st road victory, a 1-2 win versus the Whitecaps, New England will be feeling confident that they can get yet another road win in DC. United are just 3-4-1 at home so far in 2016, one of just two clubs with a home losing record in MLS. Adding to D.C’s home woes is the fact they’ll be without two of their better players in Bobby Boswell, who’s suspended and Steve Birnbaum, who’s with the USMNT. Yet another reason United fans may not be too happy going into this match is the clubs horrible attacking record. United are tied for 2nd worst in scoring with just 14 goals scored at the moment. That all being said, can Kamara finally score for NE? Can the Rev’s finally manage a win vs DC and get revenge for the playoff ousting from 2015? We shall soon have our answer.
ALL-TIME (68 meetings): United 31 wins – Revolution 26 wins
Six weeks, roughly forty-two days, that’s how long it took the New England Revolution to finally land what would be a very elusive victory, their sixth total. After beating the N.Y. Red Bulls back on May 2nd the club had gone winless for a month and a half. So what happened in those six games? Well in a word, ties. The Revs played six games and four of them ended with the score level which isn’t too bad really when your talking about a six game winless run I suppose. Six weeks without a win may seem like a lot, especially if you were to ask say a Columbus Crew fan. The Crew currently have their own six game winless run to deal with. However, if you asked a N.Y. City fan they might say otherwise. City have won two straight for the first time in their short history but it came after a gut wrenching eleven game winless run, by far the longest of the 2015 season so far. Making matters worse, they lost seven of those eleven matches. It’s safe to say that streak will hold up as the worst of this MLS season.
Despite six weeks of suffering through a bunch of ties and a couple losses the Rev’s finally managed a win at Gillette Stadium this past Saturday, June 13th. The 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire put NE at 6-4-6 on the year, good for 24 points and 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. A conference which New England leads in terms of goals for (GF) with 22. The loss for Chicago was their 8th and left them in 9th place in a conference of ten clubs . Only the Philadelphia Union have more losses with nine on an average of about 15 games played. Regardless, the Union do have more wins as well and stand two spots above the Fire. In fact only three points separate the bottom 5 through 10 in a tightly packed Eastern Conference.
The win for New England came thanks to Diego Fagundez who in the 48th minute unleashed an incredible cannon of a shot that blazed it’s way past all defenses and struck a fatal blow to the visiting side. Thanks to a solid defensive effort by the Rev’s, who shutout Chicago, that one goal would have been enough. However, just minutes later Diego helped to set up Charlie Davies for the insurance goal. With two goals now in his last two starts, Diego is really forcing coach Heaps to stick with the hot hand. Something I’m sure Jay Heaps is happy to do, especially with the lack of production from the 2014 team MVP Lee Nguyen.
Up next for the Revolution in league play is a dance with the 2014 regular season Eastern Conference Champions and current #1, D.C. United. Just four weeks ago (5/23) D.C. payed New England a visit in what was a 1-1 tie at Gillette Stadium (Stats). The Rev’s were able to get a point versus United despite both Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney receiving red cards. It took D.C. 22 minutes with a two-man advantage to break the Revolution’s back line but Jairo Arrieta did just that, driving in a short range shot past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth. First place will not be on the line when the Revolution travel to D.C. for the highly anticipated rematch since D.C. currently have a four point lead over New England. The match, Sunday at 5pm will be nationally televised and on ESPN2.
ALL-TIME United 29 wins- Revolution 26 wins-Ties 10