The Revs played fearless and near heroic soccer for roughly 90 minutes Saturday after going down a man in the 23rd minute when Cristian Penilla received an ill-advised and costly straight red.
Diego Fagundez and Luis Caicedo each scored on brilliant goals in the first half to keep New England up 2-1 for most of the match, but it wouldn't be enough. In stoppage time, LA’s Dave Romney and Chris Pontius took advantage of two New England defensive collapses a minute apart to give the visiting Galaxy a 3-2 win, sending more than 36,000 shell-shocked fans home into the warm, summer night. Revs are now 7-7-5 and remain in fifth place in the Eastern Conference table.
This week, Ray, Jon and Alex welcome back friend of the pod, Sean Sweeney, of the Boston Sports Journal, and ProSoccerUSA’s Julian Cardillo to unpack this gut-punch loss, and dissect a struggling New England backline.
Revs gear up for three straight on the road with two big matches this week at Minnesota on Wednesday and Saturday at Red Bull Arena. We preview the Loons with Alex Schieferdecker of Fifty Five One and then look ahead to Jersey with Jonathan Machlin, of Once a Metro blog.