Revs head West to begin playoff push

Revs head West to begin playoff push

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

With only eight matches left on their regular-season schedule, the New England Revolution find themselves on the outside looking in at the MLS playoff picture.

And just as Revs goalkeeper Matt Reis pointed out after last weeks SuperLiga Finals loss to Monarcas Morelia, New England will have to win more than just a majority of their games down the stretch.

The Revolution (7-12-3) are currently in sixth place (out of eight) in the Eastern Conference standings with 24 points. Thats eight points out of a postseason berth.

Luckily, for the Revs, their next opponent is the last-place team in the Western Conference. New England travels to California to take on Chivas USA (6-12-4, 22 points) on Friday night.

It marks the beginning of a three-game road trip that could either make or break their season. Following Fridays match with Chivas, the Revs head to Colorado to take on the Rapids next weekend, and then play in Dallas a week from Wednesday.

The trip should be somewhat concerning to New England, mainly because Steve Nicols squad hasnt fared well on the road against Western Conference teams. And all three opponents on the upcoming road trip are just that.

The Revs have posted a 3-6-2 record against Western Conference teams this season. And while those three wins have come in their last three games against teams in the West, theyve all come while at the comforts of Gillette Stadium, leaving them with an 0-4-0 record on the road against the West.

The good news is, the Revolution enter that three-game road trip with some momentum, after defeating Seattle Sounders FC, 3-1, last Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. It marked their first win since Aug. 14, and the first time they scored more than one goal since a 2-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy, back on July 10.

In case youre not counting, thats 12 consecutive games with only one goal or less. If the Revs can continue to get production from guys like Marko Perovic, Kheli Dube, and Chris Tierney (the three Revs players who scored on Saturday against Seattle), then its possible that New England could be involved in a serious playoff race when it returns home in late September.

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Lewis scores in stoppage time, NYCFC beats Revolution, 2-1

Lewis scores in stoppage time, NYCFC beats Revolution, 2-1

NEW YORK - Jonathan Lewis scored in stoppage time to help New York City FC beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Sunday for its third straight victory.

The 20-year-old rookie has scored his only two MLS goals in back-to-back games.

Villa trapped a long cross from RJ Allen on the left side and dropped it to Ben Sweat, who first-timed a left footer to Lewis at the top of the 6-yard box for the finish in the fourth minute of injury time.

Teal Bunbury put away a rebound to open the scoring for New England (8-11-5) in the 57th minute. Andrew Farrell's shot from distance backed up goalkeeper Sean Johnson against the goal line, where he spilled the stop and Bunbury scored from point-blank range. It was his fifth goal in the last five games. Villa tied it for NYC (14-7-4) in the 77th with his MLS-leading 19th goal.

The Revolution are winless in their last 14 road games, a franchise record.

Bunbury, Revolution beat Whitecaps, 1-0

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Bunbury, Revolution beat Whitecaps, 1-0

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Teal Bunbury scored his fourth goal in five matches, helping the New England Revolution beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 on Saturday night.

Each of New England's seven wins has come at home. The Revolution (7-10-5) are 0-8-3 on the road.

Bunbury finished a nice passing sequence in the 53rd minute. Kelyn Rowe, near midfield, tapped a goal kick by Vancouver's Stefan Marinovic to Kei Kamara, who tapped it back to Rowe on the right side for the feed to a charging Bunbury just outside the 6-yard box.

Cody Cropper had two saves for his sixth shutout of the season.

Vancouver (9-8-4) had its three-game road unbeaten streak snapped.