With one win in ten tries, the annual New England Revolution summer slump is in full swing. The team's latest result was a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps at home on Saturday. Things certainly won't get easier for the Revs, who must now play three of four July games on the road. When will things turn around for the Revolution? We have a few thoughts.
Jon: 7/4 vs FC Dallas
Much like the Revs, Dallas can be streaky. They're a solid team with one of the league's more exciting attacking players in Fabian Castillo, but outside of that I don't think they match up all that well with New England. Additionally, while the oppressive Dallas heat will take its toll as the match labors on, the Revs will have the benefit of true rest this week. They most recently played five games in 15 days, and they finally have a week off to get knocks and bruises right before readying for battle again. It won't be easy, but I think a road win is entirely attainable.
Nick: 7/11 vs. New York Red Bulls
On Saturday, the Revolution will visit a dynamic FC Dallas side in the wake of a dominate win over Houston. While I think Heaps & Co. have the personnel to compete with FCD, the loss of Andrew Farrell may prove insurmountable. This team just isn't built for defensive depth; regardless of who fills the CB role, he will play out of position against a potent FC Dallas attack.
A win seems more likely against the New York Red Bulls, a club who has struggled to find the net in 2015 (aside from a three-goal performance against NYCFC this past weekend). With Farrell back in the fold, the Revs will visit Red Bull Arena in a near must-win situation. The club has proven it can beat NYRB on the road--even amidst great pressure--and this matchup will prove no different.
Matty: 7/18 vs. NYCFC
New England has never fared particularly well in Dallas, and we all know how difficult that trip can be in July given the climate. NYCFC, however, for all of their transfer fanfare and recent uptick in form, still don't impress me enough to make me believe they can come up to Gillette and get a result. New England begins a new home streak in its very next home game.
Seth: 7/25 vs. the Chicago FireWith trips to Dallas and New York ahead of a home game against NYC FC--who could have Frank Lampard and Andrea Prilo--the Revs next best chance at three points will come when they face the enigma that is Chicago at the end of July. Sure, Chicago will be at home, but the Revs should be able to grab three points against a team that doesn't have a true identity. Remember, the Fire are the Revs' only victory since May 2.