The weather has turned warm and its time for the annual New England Revolution’s summer slump. The Revs lost 2-1 at Real Salt Lake on July 4th to extend the teams current winless streak in the league to four games.
When the World Cup started Jay Heaps side was in first place in the east, today they are in third, five points behind D.C. United, albeit with a game in hand.
The Revs are heading into the busiest part of their schedule, as New England will play six league matches in the next three weeks. Its the perfect opportunity to out together a winning streak, but worrying Heaps’s squad is starting to look a little thin.
One of the holes in the squad this season has been a top quality defensive central midfielder and with Andy Dorman suspended for the RSK match, Heaps was forced to move center half A.J. Soares into central midfield as Andrew Farrell and Jose Goncalves played alongside each other as central defense partners. Not sure why Heaps dod not go with Farrell in central midfield, a position he is ore suited too thann Soares and leave Soares and Goncalves together.
The lack of a consistent goal scorer continues to be a problem for the Revs. You have to go back six weeks, until May 24, for the last time that New England scored two goals in an MLS match. Rookie Patrick Mullins will hit the rookie wall soon, while Jerry Bengtson, Dimitry Imbongo and Charlie Davies appear to be taking up roster spots without contributing to the team. Between them they have one start and one goal this season.
If New England is to regain the form that it had earlier in the season I think that GM Mike Burns is going to have to bring in some knew players during the transfer window, both up-front and in central midfielder. Or a season that promised so much in May, will fizzle out into disappointment.