Revs not giving up on playoff hopes
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The odds of clinching a playoff spot may not be great for the seventh-place New England Revolution, but that hasn't dampened the mood at Gillette Stadium. Not in the slightest.
While the current postseason math gives the Revolution an 11.6 percent chance of playing beyond October 23, midfielder Lee Nguyen says the team is only focused on winning their final two.
"We do need some results to fall our way," Nguyen said. "But at the same time we can only control what we can control and that's getting maximum points in our games, so we know these next two games are big."
Big? Yeah, you could say that.
Despite the aforementioned odds, the picture gets significantly brighter if the Revolution win out. The team's chances of reaching the postseason jump to 81.1 percent if they get a combined six points at Chicago and vs. Montreal to close out the season.
That may be easier said than done for a side that's struggled to win on the road this year (2-9-5), but striker Kei Kamara isn't dwelling too hard on that record.
"Oh, it's possible," Kamara said. "If it wasn't, then we wouldn't be out there trying to play so hard and getting maximum points, yes, other things have to go our way, but we have to take care of what we can control."
But before the Revolution train their sights on their October 16 clash against the Fire, they'll get a much-needed rest with a bye week on tap. The team's last break from league action came right before the start of the Copa America tournament back in early-June.
"It's going to give our guys another week to get fresh," Nguyen said. "We've been playing a lot of games, and there has been a lot of minutes for a lot of these guys, so I think it'll be good to get a little bit of a break. But at the same time, we'll have to get that hunger back after this weekend break."
One promising stat that does benefit the Revolution? 5-1-0. That's the team's combined record against Chicago and Montreal across all competitions this year. In fact, the team came out on top in their last encounters against the Fire and Impact.
"When the weather starts getting like this, you know it's playoff weather, and it's time to play," Kamara said. "So it doesn't matter (what the odds are)."
Nguyen acknowledged that the Revolution could've done more done more during the course of the season to avoid a situation in which there's zero margin for error. But what's done is done, and what awaits the club is a chance to show their collective mettle.
"If we win these next two games, I think we'll put ourselves in a good position to make it into the playoffs," Nguyen said. "It's a situation where we need to get maximum points these last two games before we can even talk about going to the playoffs."