Goal celebration vs. Toronto FC (Nguyen and Farrell)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – In the aftermath of last weekend’s frustrating loss to D.C. United, goalkeeper Cody Cropper estimated that the New England Revolution would need to take 21 points from their final nine games to make a serious push for the playoffs.


That’s a daunting task – particularly with four road games still on the schedule – but recent history paints the Revolution as a side as capable as any of making a late-season run.


Last year the Revs went 5-2-0 in their last seven games, while back in 2014 they went on a 9-1-1 stretch to close the season and catapult themselves into the playoffs. In the past four years combined the Revs are an impressive 20-8-4 in the months of September and October.


“I think it just kind of hits us that there’s a certain amount of games left in the season where you’ve got to take advantage of all the points possible; I think we react well to that,” said Andrew Farrell. “When you’re pushed up against a rock and a hard place, I think we gear up and get ready for that.”


Ideally, of course, the Revs wouldn’t find themselves between a rock and a hard place, needing late-season surges to get back into the playoff race. But since that’s where they currently sit, there’s little else to do but focus on Saturday night’s meeting with Orlando City SC, and fight to pick up the necessary points one weekend at a time.


“You hope that it’s the right mentality coming into a tough part of the year,” said head coach Jay Heaps. “Obviously, no one is happy with where we are. Hopefully we just continue to focus on the game that we have coming up.”