The revolution gets off to a good start in 2022 – The Maine Campus
The Revolution entered the MLS regular season with high expectations for the year ahead, hoping to make up for their bitter end last season against NYCFC. They were the defending Supporter’s Shield champions last season and only lost a starter from last year, Tajon Buchanan. All of this meant their team should have continued their dominating record from last year, where they set the record for the best head-to-head record.
The team opened the season at Providence Park in Portland, playing out a thrilling 2-2 draw, and continued that momentum in a 1-0 win over FC Dallas in the home opener. They followed that up by beating Mexican Side Pumas 3-0 in the CONCACAF Champions League in snowy conditions at home. They retained their high-flying attitude in their next home game, this time in a blizzard, against Real Salt Lake. The Revolution took a 2-0 lead but the 78 minute mark saw them crumble, giving up 3 unanswered goals to lose 3-2. Beginning a slip-up that creates speculation that last year could have been a fluke.
The weather, which hadn’t been a problem in their first game against the Pumas, was described by the teammates this time as a hindrance to their ability to play.
“Do you think we are playing football here today?” Carles Gil asked during a post-match interview. “I can’t hear my teammates, I can’t talk to my teammates, I can’t run. It’s impossible. It’s not football! Stop the fucking game!
Unfortunately, they couldn’t blame the weather when they traveled to Mexico for the second leg of their Champions League series against Pumas. Trailing 3-0 on aggregate, all the Revolution had to do was make sure the Pumas didn’t score more than two goals, or score a goal themselves, or risk losing in extra time or on penalties. to goal. In one of the most stunning results of the tournament so far, the Pumas managed to put three goals past goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr., who had replaced injured Matt Turner and sent the game to penalties. A failure by Sebastian Lletget was enough for the Pumas to take the lead and then win the match and the series, taking them through to the next round.
The Revolution’s losing streak continued as they lost 3-1 to expansion side Charlotte FC in North Carolina. They lost to the New York Red Bulls 1-0 thanks to an 89th-minute own goal via a clearance blocked by Andrew Farrell’s Matt Polster. The team couldn’t make a break, as they lost 3-2 to Inter Miami with another last-minute goal from the opposition. These defeats put the Revolution at rock bottom, both mentally and in the standings. With just four points to their credit after that streak, they were tied for last place in the East and were only above the San Jose Earthquakes in the Supporter’s Shield standings by two points.
Obviously, this losing streak is unprecedented, with each defeat somehow more painful than the last, but the team is more than aware of what needs to be done. In an interview with Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand on 98.5 “The Sports Hub,” head coach Bruce Arena made it clear to fans that he takes responsibility for the terrible streak the team has been on lately, and also said he expects their game against Charlotte to be very different from their encounter last month.
He was right, as the Revolution finally snapped their losing streak by beating Charlotte 2-1 last Saturday.
Adam Buksa’s return to the team after serving his one-game suspension for a red card against the Red Bulls was a big difference as he scored, and Gustavo Bou is expected to return by the end of the month after a leg injury that sidelined him. for most of the season. With the return of these two, things could certainly change if the team is able to perform as they have in the first three games of the year.
Matt Turner could also return from the foot injury he suffered in a pre-season game later this month. However, the Revolution won’t have him as a goalkeeper for long, and they will need to find his replacement when Turner leaves for Arsenal this summer. Let’s hope Djordje Petrovic, the new goalkeeper for the Serbian U22 national team, will play better than Edwards. Until then, the Revolution must pull themselves together as they head into a crucial series of early summer games that could determine their season.