There is nothing more important than this weekend. Not only could a win ensure that the New England Revolution continue to battle for an early (super early) playoff spot, extend the hype-bubble that is growing around them, and extend their winning streak to four straight; but they could move into second place for the I-95 Cup.
Neither the New York Red Bulls nor the Philadelphia Union are playing this weekend; however, the Union and Red Bulls face off on the June 23 for another round of Corridor Cup games, so a second place jump by New England could be brief. Still, this is not a guaranteed three points for Jay Heaps and his boys.
While the Revs are looking like one of the hottest teams in the league, D.C. United are a wounded animal. Looking at point totals, and publicity, as well as an upcoming Tuesday night game - in Boston - against New York for the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, D.C. has all the spellings of a trap game.
D.C. could use a point or three off a team that is Soccer by Ives labeled as a "serious contender" just this week. New England needs these points on several fronts, but might be caught looking ahead. Hopefully, Heaps has the team raring to go, because losing to D.C. and losing ground in the I-95 Cup, could clean the slate of all the good feelings Revs supporters are feeling right now. Because as we know, every single one is just waiting for the bottom to fall out. With any luck it won't be against D.C.
Here's the current I-95 Cup table:
D.C. is a team we can beat, a team we probably should beat, but anything can happen when the I-95 Cup is on the line. After all, it is the magic of the cup.
Editor's Note: The Revs actually played four games and have four points. We're working on fixing the graphic.