Although not lacing up the boots, Sunday was an important day for the New England Revolution as playoff implications were on the line as NYCFC hosted second-place Nashville SC at Red Bull Arena.
Nashville entered the match trailing the Revs by 19 points, meaning an NYCFC win or draw would give the Revolution the top seat in the East with over a month to go in the regular season.
It was an excellent first half from a Revolution perspective as NYCFC held the Nashville offense in check while also looking dangerous at times against a powerful Nashville defense. Neither side was able to register a shot on net during the first 45 minutes of the match.
Much did not change for either side in the second half as both teams failed to generate much offense. Only four shots on goal would be registered for both sides as Ronny Diela and NYCFC hold a dangerous Nashville side to a scoreless draw. With NYCFC’s draw against Nashville, the Revolution secured their spot atop the East for the first time since the 2005 MLS season.
Clinching the first seed in the East is just one of the many things the Revs will look to do in the coming weeks as they aim to clinch their first Supporters’ Shield while also looking to break the record for most points, most points per game, and most victories in an MLS season. It just goes to show how dominant the New England Revolution has been in their 2021 campaign.
By clinching the top spot in the East, the Revolution will have home-field advantage against any Eastern Conference opponent while also gaining a first-round bye in the tournament.
The Revolution will host their first playoff match since the second leg of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals on November 25th as they host the winner of the match between the 4th and 5th seeds.