The Revolution wrap up their 2017 campaign with a visit to Montreal Sunday and a chance to record their first road win of the season. New England is the only MLS team to be winless away from home (0-13-3), and its 18-match winless streak on the road dates to its last trip to Stade Saputo, a 3-1 victory over the Impact on Sept. 17, 2016.
“I think we want to go on the road and get a win, something we haven’t done all year,” said Revolution interim coach Tom Soehn. “It’s one week left, and we’re trying to make the most out of it. We don’t know what it’s going to look like next season, so we have to enjoy this time that we have with each other and make the most of it.”
The Revolution beat the Impact, 1-0, on Sept. 9 at Gillette Stadium behind Lee Nguyen’s goal in the 68th minute. But New England lost its next two matches by a cumulative 10-1 score, and coach Jay Heaps was dismissed and replaced by Soehn. The Revolution are 2-1-1 since.
The Revolution (12-15-6) won their last time out, 2-1 over NYCFC at Gillette last Sunday. Diego Fagundez had his third two-goal game in MLS, ending a goal slump that stretched to June 3.
Montreal (11-16-6) is limping toward the offseason, dropping eight of its last nine matches. The Impact lost, 1-0, at Toronto FC last Sunday, their fourth straight defeat.
Montreal’s biggest danger comes from its midfield duo of Ignacio Piatti and Blerim Dzemaili. Piatti is tied for fifth in MLS with 17 goals. On loan from Italian club Bologna, Dzemaili leads the Impact with 10 assists, plus seven goals.
New England handed out its team season awards this past week, with Teal Bunbury named the Players’ Player of the Year and Antonio Delamea the JetBlue Team MVP (voted by fans) and Defender of the Year (voted by media).
“To get an honor like that, I’m very grateful and thankful that they thought of me in that way,” Bunbury said. “They know at times I like to enjoy myself, but I also like to be serious and get the best out of everybody, so it does mean a lot to me.”
Delamea, though humbled by the honors, offered a different sentiment.
“I’m really thankful that they recognize I put everything I have on the field,” he said. “But on the other hand, this doesn’t mean a lot to me because our season was not good as a team. We didn’t make it to the playoffs, so it will be better for me if I don’t win this award and we made it to the playoffs.”