Shalrie Joseph and Monsef Zerka celebrate the Revolution's goal in the 14th minute of the team's 1-0 win over FC Dallas on Saturday, Sept. 10. (Courtesy Courtesy Revoutionsoccer.net; Photo by David Silverman)
By Kevin Koczwara
July 20, that’s the last time the New England Revolution won. The Revolution beat D.C. United, 1-0, thanks a goal from Stephen McCarthy in the 73rd minute. The season was looking bleak then, the Revs were 4-9-7 (19 pts.) through 20 games. That win ended a nine game winless streak — three draws and six losses. Since the win in the D.C., things haven’t gotten any easier for New England.
The Revs went on another slump, this time more agonizing than the last. The games were there to be won. New England had control. It had early leads, significant leads, leads at home, and leads on the road. And yet, the Revolution found ways to lose a grip and give up the valuable three points it needed to get close to fighting for a playoff spot. Letting a lead slip away became almost cliché, so much so that no lead seemed safe.