By Ryan Fleming
What does a five-game unbeaten streak spell out for the New England Revolution? Things are looking up.
The Revs latest game, an entertaining 1-1 tie to Philadelphia at PPL Park just showed how much this team has improved over the last month. On the road coming back from a goal down against a tough Union team isn’t an easy task. The Revolution deserve their kudos.
Sure, the goal was lucky – a free kick goal by Marko Perovic that took a bad bounce past Union keeper Chris Seitz. But for now, things are going New England’s way. The Revs are in the midst of climbing their way out of the Eastern Conference cellar, currently in seventh place with Philadelphia, both having 15 points.
Much could also be said of their 2-0 defeat of the league’s (former) best team, LA Galaxy, along with their impressive SuperLiga run of three-straight 1-0 wins. Their handy tournament play sets them up with a date against Puebla FC in the tournament semi final on Wednesday night. Despite the outcome of the midweek tournament contest, the Revs’s stamina will be tested as conference foe, DC United, come to Gillette Stadium just three days later.
In an attempt to bolster their attack and ease some strain that is on the Revs’s current forwards, the team signed Ilija Stolica and Robert Linck to MLS contracts.
Stolica comes to the Revolution from from Montenegro’s FC Budocnost. The 31-year-old veteran has played there since January and had stints most recently in Belgium and Greece.
Linck, comes to New England from the Romania’s CSM Râmnicu Vâlcea and the Xtreme Soccer League (U.S.) where he played a year before. Linck or “Betu,” as he is known, will be considered a domestic player on the Revolution’s roster, while Stolica will take one of the team’s international spots.
“Our goal during this transfer window has been to bring in attacking players,” Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. “With Ilija, we’re getting a proven, veteran player who we’re expecting to come in and make contributions right away. Roberto is a younger player who we’re optimistic can help us during the second half of the season, as well.”
One thing is sure, despite their recent success, the Revolution still need offense. Stolica and Linck probably aren’t the answers, but they are temporary solutions.
Ryan Fleming is a contributing writer and editor for The Soccer Guys. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org