FOXBOROUGH — The Revolution went for broke against Atlanta United, but failed to break through in playing to a 0-0 draw, reducing their already slim playoff chances before a crowd of 21,925 on Saturday night.
The Revolution (11-15-6, 39 points) closed within 4 points of the New York Red Bulls with two games left in the regular season. But the Red Bulls (who lost, 4-2, to Toronto FC) have three games remaining and can clinch a playoff spot with a win against Vancouver next Saturday.
The result extended the Revolution’s seven-game (6-0-1) home unbeaten streak, improving their home record to 11-2-3, tying a team record with 36 points, set in 2005.
But this was likely a must-win match, especially since the Revolution will be idle until meeting New York City FC on Oct. 15. The Revolution did gain some defensive satisfaction, just more than two weeks after being routed, 7-0, by Atlanta United (15-8-8, 53 points), a first-year team.
“It’s tough, it’s bittersweet,” Revolution goalkeeper Brad Knighton said. “We were very good defensively. It’s been a long week, especially bouncing off Wednesday. It was a great performance from the guys, we just couldn’t break through, offensively.
“We’ve got to win these two games and, hopefully, the chips fall in line for us. For us, it’s something to build on. It’s obviously easier when you keep 11 guys on the field. Things have gone against us recently but we’ve stuck together as a group and that’s a huge thing moving forward for us. As long as we stick together, we’ll continue to stay as a group and push these next two games, and see what happens.”
Diego Fagundez had the Revolution’s best first-half chance, his point-blank shot stopped by Brad Guzan in the 23rd minute.