By Ryan Fleming
Coming into the season, like every other team in the MLS, the New England Revolution’s main goal was to win the MLS Cup. About a month ago, that goal changed after the Revs were eliminated from the playoffs following a 2-2 tie to Columbus on Sept. 26th.
“It still hasn’t hit me yet,” said Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph following the game. “I guess when the regular season’s done, then it’ll fully hit me. Right now, we’re just trying to practice and stay focused. We’ve still got a couple of games left and we’ve still got to finish strong.”
Well, Joseph has followed up on his words. The Revs are having more fun – playing more like a team, more smiles are being seen on the field – probably a result of their record since the bad news of their first playoff absence in nine years. New England posted a 2-1 record since the elimination; both wins were impressive ones over Houston and a dire Kansas City squad that was eliminated from the postseason after the loss.