By Danny Picard
To say its been a long season for the New England Revolution is an understatement. And last Saturdays 2-2 draw with the Columbus Crew sealed the deal on what seemed like an inevitable conclusion to the Revs season. In other words, the Revolution have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
It marks the first time since 2001, that New England will not be a part of the MLS Cup Playoffs, snapping a streak of eight consecutive postseason appearances for the organization.
So now, the Revs have four regular-season games left; four games in which you can bet heavily on coach Steve Nicol testing out new strategies in preparation for the 2011 season.
And that road to 2011 officially begins on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium, as the Revolution host Real Salt Lake in their second-to-last home game of the year.
Real Salt Lake enters the game as the second-place team in the Western Conference, with 48 points. And in case youre taking tabs, the Revs enter the game as the seventh-place team (out of eight) in the Eastern Conference, with 26 points.
New England finishes the regular season with games at Houston, against Kansas City at home, and in New York.
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