We might not have the full MLS schedule yet, but we do know who the New England Revolution will face during the first three weeks of the 2015 season. It's not an easy schedule by any means as the team will travel to the Seattle Sounders and New York City FC before playing their home opener against the Montreal Impact. How will the Revs fair with this slate of games?
Over/Under: The Revolution will have 5.5 points after the first three games of the 2015 season.
Simply put, it's difficult to start the season on the road. The Revolution will begin the 2015 campaign with a trip to one of the most daunting stadiums in MLS, CenturyLink Field. Not only are the fans relentless, but the players on the team are some of the best that the league has to offer. The following week, the Revs will travel to New York City to face expansion side NYCFC. Although teams don't typically perform well in their inaugural season, NYC has a different feel with Manchester City backing them and experienced MLS coach Jason Kreis at the helm. It's not until week three that the Revs will return to the comforts of Gillette Stadium to host the Impact. With this run of games, a win combined with a tie or two would be a good haul.
Starting on the road is hard for any team, but I'm not sure it's that much of a big deal for the Revs. That said, going to CenturyLink is tough for anyone, and playing the NYCFC opener at Yankee Stadium is a wildcard if I've ever seen one. More importantly, though, the Revs have been notoriously slow starters under Jay Heaps, and if this front office follows its own pattern of behavior, the squad won't be anywhere near a cohesive, finished product during this stretch. Four points would be a blessing.
Despite falling short of an MLS Cup title, this team has entered the 2014 offseason with admirable energy. An intelligent pickup in the Expansion Draft, combined with a savvy move for an MLS veteran, has the roster ever-closer to top form, and we can only assume that Bilello & Co. will address the team's lack of depth at the forward position (Robinho, perhaps?). That being said, the Revs will open their account on the road in Seattle, a match that will almost surely favor the Sounders; winning in their house, as we know, is incredibly difficult. A road match in New York also promises to bring out the best in the Revs' counterpart, even though Jason Kreis' team will need a few matches to find its identity. With a point (or two) in hand, the Revs will host a beatable Impact side in the team's first home match since the Eastern Conference Finals. Four points seems realistic; six points seems like a stretch.
So we're asking for two wins out the first three games? I don't even care about the Seattle result, I think the Revs are winning the next two; first at NYCFC then the home opener against Montreal since I don't think it's crazy to beat an expansion team and a rebuilding Montreal side without Revs-killer Marco Di Vaio, especially when there's probably going to be a very strong fan presence for the Revs at Yankee Stadium (I'm already dreaming of taking the train from Connecticut to witness the first MLS game at that ballpark and, more importantly, winning that game). Dreams aside, 4 or 5 points is more likely. A loss at Seattle, draw at NYC and a win at home vs. Montreal wouldn't be a bad start to the year at all when you remember the Revs had just 4 points through 5 games to start the 2014 season.