During Sunday’s match against NYCFC, the Revolution left its fans at the altar. Up 1-0 after 75 minutes of play, the club conceded twice in the final 15 minutes en route to a 2-1 loss.
But Sunday wasn’t the only time the team failed to follow through this season. The Revs have struggled to close matches throughout its campaign, a deficiency that has played a significant part in the club’s ranking near the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
According to defender Antonio Delamea, these dropped points have placed the Revs in must-win territory through the end of the year.
"There’s no more time for excuses, no more time for bad performances," Delamea said during his midweek media availability.
"I think our heads aren't on the same level for the whole match. We really struggle after [the] 75th minute, not just this game, every road game [it's the] same problem," he continued. "This is a really big problem that we are dealing with right now. I just hope we will learn something from this as quick as possible and try to turn things around."
To accomplish this goal, Delamea will likely lean on new center back partner Claude Dielna, who drew praise from Revolution players and staff following his MLS debut on Sunday.
Scott Caldwell said Dielna came in "fresh and clean." Jay Heaps commented that Dielna and Delamea were "two bright spots from the game." And Delamea said he feels confident playing beside Dielna. "I just hope he will keep on playing on this level," Delamea said.
The two defenders will have a chance to maintain their rhythm on Saturday when the Revolution visit D.C. United. During that match, the club should recieve an attacking boost from Krisztian Nemeth, who is expected to make his season debut after signing with the Revs on August 9.
The Revolution hope this fresh blood, coupled with a harsh lesson learned for the rest of the club, will turn the tide on its second-half woes. The team’s playoff hopes depend on it.