All that’s left to do now is dance.
New England heads back to Atlanta Saturday to face the defending MLS champions in the first round of the 2019 Eastern Conference playoffs and head coach Bruce Arena has no interest in being anybody’s underdog.
The first-year Revs’ manager and sporting director said his players understand what’s at stake and couldn’t care less that most of the MLS elite are picking against them.
Bobby Warshaw, of MLS Soccer’s ExtraTime Radio, returns to the pod to share his thoughts on the Revs’ postseason chances and tell us how the rest of the playoffs could shake out.
Atlanta has beaten the Revs twice this year and New England has never won inside Mercedes Benz Stadium. But Atlanta could be without starting defender Miles Robinson, who is listed as “week to week” after sustaining a hamstring injury while on call up with the US Men’s National Team.
Can New England take advantage? We ask Jason Longshore, of 92.9 The Game.
The Revs dropped their season finale at Atlanta United FC on Sunday, 3-1, to conclude a turnaround regular season in which they only lost three times since May under new head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena.
Arena called the game a “dress rehearsal” for the forthcoming one-game season as New England prepares to return to the playoffs for the first time in three years. Undecidedly the underdogs, they’ll head back to the Big Peach and face the Five Stripes in less than two weeks.
Can this team pull off the upset? We talk it up with Julian Cardillo, of Pro Soccer USA, and Felipe Cardenas, of The Athletic.
New England’s three-year exile from the MLS playoffs will officially end in 2019, but head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena isn’t ready to start popping champagne just yet.
The Revs 2-0 home win in front of more than 28,000 strong guarantees the Revs at least seventh on the table, with a chance of climbing to sixth, depending on how things shake out on Decision Day.
City was aggressive, but New England mostly controlled the second half with good pressure and stunning goals from Teal Bunbury and Gustavo Bou. Matt Turner was again brilliant between the sticks and picked up his fifth clean sheet of the season. This week, we welcome back the New England Soccer Journal’s Kyle McCarthy to unpack it all.
NBC Sports Boston’s DJ Bean isn’t just a Revs’ supporter, he’s an outspoken advocate. The TV and Radio veteran has taken a liking to the Beautiful Game since Arena got to town and he stops by this week to talk about his path to fandom.
Finally, we bring in Jason Longshore, from 92.9 The Game, to look ahead towards Decision Day in Atlanta.
A late goal from Gustavo Bou and a Carles Gil penalty kick in stoppage time were enough to dig the Revs out of self-inflicted deficit as they stole a point in Rose City to keep their 2019 playoff hopes alive.
New England is still above the red line, four points above Chicago and five points ahead of Montreal, with just two matches to play.
We welcome back Jason York, from MLS Soccer, to break it all down.
Then on Sunday, it’s simple for the Revs: Win and you’re in. The pigeons come to town hoping to lock up first place in the East, while New England will look avenge its’ 2-1 earlier loss at Yankee Stadium and secure its own place in the playoffs. Jonathan Sauerschell, of Blue City Radio, joins for the preview.
Has this team forgotten how to win?
Another disappointing draw at home from the Revs, who tied Real Salt Lake in Foxborough on Saturday, leaves the Boys in Blue anchored in seventh place with just three games remaining.
While opportunities ran aplenty, the Revolution were unable to capitalize and once again left points on the pitch. We talk about it this week with Julian Cardillo, from Pro Soccer USA.
All eyes turn to the City of Roses. Can the the Revs pull off a Wednesday win on the road? We ask William Conwell, of Stumptown Footy.
Conversation with the Rookies
In this bonus episode, Ray and Jon sit down with Revs first-year players Tajon Buchanan, Nicolas Firmino, DeJuan Jones, and Justin Rennicks. This rookie class provides some great insight into their respective journeys to MLS from both the homegrown and superdraft perspectives.
For Supporters, By Supporters
This is who we are: Diehard New England Revolution and US Soccer supporters who try to represent the voice of that person standing next to you in the Fort, in the Lot or anywhere inside Gillette or on the road.
We're not ESPN FC, but we do talk Xs and Os, strategy, team development, the business side of MLS and, most importantly, we use every opportunity we have to highlight what makes the Revs supporter culture unique and passionate.
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