The New England Revolution's eight-game losing streak is a club record in the post shootout era (2000-present) and one that extends back to May 31st. Highlighting the disappointing run is that fact that the Revs have only notched four goals while conceding 19. The team isn't about to shift the blame, however, as they know that streaks start and end in the locker room.
"What are you going to do, complain about it?" head coach Jay Heaps responded when posed a question about the team's mentality. "You have to roll up your sleeves and keep going forward. It's awful and tough, but at the same time, you have to keep a perspective and keep going forward."
The Revolution will have a quick turnaround as they host the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday before heading down I-95 to face the New York Red Bulls. These two games will cap a busy summer stretch that features eight league games in five weeks.
It's never easy to play a loaded schedule, especially one that consists of cross-country travel, but the Revs are welcoming the upcoming slate of games because they know how influential a win can be.
"It's best to get right back at it," Bobby Shuttleworth explained. "I think the only thing right now that's going to remedy us is a win. It's nice to get back at it and then Wednesday hopefully (we get) three points."
The search for three points has been elusive over the last few months, but the Revs only recently dropped out of the playoff picture. The Crew's win allowed them to overtake the Revs in the standings as they now have 26 points in comparison to the Revolution's 23.
With 14 games left to play, the season is far from over and anything can happen, especially in MLS. To get through this rough patch, the Revs must stay positive and focus on the little things that made them successful earlier in the season.
"For us, it's just coming into training, keeping our head up knowing that there other games to play; knowing the season isn't over; pushing each other in training; being competitive; trying to be leaders out there and knowing that it's got to turn around," Teal Bunbury said.
Beyond the support of teammates, the players will look to friends, family and fans as a way of navigating past the losing streak. On Saturday, several Revolution players were spotted applauding the efforts of the fans after the game. The team will once again be in front of the Foxboro faithful on Wednesday. They will also have a healthy number of traveling supporters when they play the Red Bulls on Saturday.
While the backing of others will help ease the pain of the losing streak, the Revs know that they must look internally if they want to right the ship.
"Everyone hates to lose but we all love to win so it starts with training and it starts with the team," Bunbury stated. "We have been enjoying all the support from the fans, our families, everything like that but it starts with the inside."