With the club currently on a four-game winless run, there's plenty of reasons to be concerned about the New England Revolution. That said, history is evidence that a Revs' victory over New York City FC is on the horizon.
Introduced this year, Decision Day is sure to bring drama as all 20 teams conclude on the same day. There's plenty at stake this Sunday, and to prove it take a look at all the scenarios that the Revs face. Basically, good fortune would see the Revs finish fourth with Columbus Crew SC visiting on Wednesday. Bad luck would knock New England out of the playoffs.
Despite recent results, there's cause for optimism as the Revs have historically been good when closing out the season. In fact, the club is 12-5-2 in regular-season finales and 9-7-3 in their final road game of the year. When the Revs travel for their finale, they are 5-2-2, including wins in 2012 and 2013 under coach Jay Heaps.
The Revs also have a positive record when facing expansion sides, though these numbers aren't as lopsided. The Revolution are 13-12-7 all time against league newbies, including a 2-1-1 record this season. So far, the Revs are 1-1-0 against NYC FC.
While playoffs are assured with a tie and even likely in a loss, the Revs will want to win at Yankee Stadium to help build momentum. A win would put the Revolution at 50 points, a mark they have hit or passed only five times in club history. Three of the previous four times that the Revs have reached this landmark, including last season, they played in the MLS Cup Final.
Will history repeat today? Only time will tell.