The New England Revolution are one of the founding clubs of Major League Soccer. In the early-mid 2000s they made MLS Cup run after MLS Cup run, coming up short like they were the early-90s Buffalo Bills. But this year things look like they could be different.
The Revs officially won the MLS Supporters Shield, awarded to the club with the most points in the league, on October 23rd. They then became the second team in MLS history to get to 70 points, already having set a team record for points in a season.
Say what you want about Bruce Arena. Believe me, I have. But this man knows how to coach in MLS. Somehow he has this Revolution team playing like they’re kings of the league. They’re flowing, scoring, and straight up toying with the rest of the league.
It all starts with the Designated Players.
Adam Buksa is second in the league in goals. Gustavo Bou is only a goal behind him. And Carles Gil leads the league in assists. Take that attacking play alongside young talent like Tajon Buchanan, apparent USMNT #1 goalkeeper Matt Turner, (who is standing on his head match after match), and this Revolution team is baking the recipe for success.
All of this is exciting for me, however – I still worry about their ability to get it done in the end. The Kryptonite of this club seems to be raising that trophy as MLS Champions. They were on the cusp a year ago, only to come short of the big game itself. And after letdown after letdown in the Twellman era, it’s hard to let the hopes get too high.
All that said, this team is exciting to watch, and is lethal when running on all cylinders. Since some of their big talent is approaching or on the other side of 30, I’m sure the idea of a first round bye is exciting. I have concerns about momentum, but this team has come from behind before. And they’ve shown (as they did on October 24th in Orlando) that they can swing that momentum back in their favor on the turn of a dime.
Can they finally exorcise the demons and claim MLS as their own?
Only time will tell. But with the Supporters Shield, the potential of setting the all time points record (they need 3 points from their final 2 matches, starting tonight against Colorado), having the assists leader and possible golden boot winner? They can’t be complacent. They need to use each of those pieces as a step up to the platform from which they can finally lift the MLS Cup on December 11th.
If that happens? You better believe I’ll be there to witness New England Revolution and MLS history in the flesh.
- / 1 year ago
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