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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Highlights from Gillette Stadium as the New England Revolution went down early but came back to get the 2-1 victory over Seattle.
Jays Heaps joins Revs Postgame Live to discuss his team being able to pull off the 2-1 win against the Seattle Sounders.
It's the Femi show in New England these days.
The New England Revolution played out 2-1 winners against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium thanks to a late goal by rookie substitute Femi Hollinger-Janzen. The goal was his second in the Revs' past three games.
With the match knotted at one in the 80th minute, Femi, who entered the game four minutes earlier, received a toe poke pass from Lee Nguyen about 20 yards from goal. The rookie nearly fell over when taking his first touch, but regained his balance before blasting a low strike through traffic inside Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei's left post.
Seattle, missing Clint Dempsey and Nelson Valdez to international duty, jumped out to an early lead in the seventh minute thanks to homegrown product Aaron Kovar. Kovar, starting for the third time in the past four games, netted his first professional goal when he corralled a poor punch from Revs keeper Bobby Shuttleworth at the top of the box, crossed up a defender as he brought the ball down to his right foot, and slotted home inside the left post.
The Revolution equalized in the 24th minute thanks to a Lee Nguyen penalty.