By Ryan Fleming
To put it lightly, things haven’t been going the way of the New England Revolution. Near the depths of the Eastern Conference and accused by their coach, Steve Nichol, on playing with a lack of “professionalism”, the Revs seemed to be headed nowhere – the postseason becoming a dream rather than a reality.
After getting shellacked by Real Salt Lake, 5-0, last weekend, the Revs seemed to be heading for a similar fate last night against the league’s best team, LA Galaxy.
Something odd happened, though. The Revs got breaks and unfortunately for Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan and the rest of the Galaxy, they made them count.
In perhaps one of the biggest upsets of the season, the Revs beat LA 2-0 and in turn restored faith in their playoff aspirations.
“We wanted to play the game in their half of the field tonight. I don’t think that was any secret,” Nichol said after the game. “We’ve done that, and we’ve got the points, and we can start building from there”
The win could not have come at a better time for the Revolution. The next three games for the Revolution are SuperLiga matchups then they travel to surprising Philadelphia on July 31st.
“We have SuperLiga next week, which will help us get some momentum moving forward into the rest of league play,” defender Darrius Barnes said. “We can’t be satisfied with this and we can definitely play better and we are going to keep going up from here.”
Throughout this tough stretch, the Revs have reiterated how hard work and determination can pay off into meaningful points, which have been almost near impossible for the Revs get this season.
“I think the team meetings we had during the week just emphasized what we needed to do tonight and what we were playing for,” Joseph said. “It is all about heart and giving 110 percent every game. We had all agreed that we were not trying our hardest and I think tonight everybody tried their hardest and the result went our way.”
For the Revs it is either their way or a postseason absence from this moment forward.
Ryan Fleming is an editor and writer for The Soccer Guys. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.