Why do they call it the Buckeye State?

This might come as a shock to many of you (READ: This isn’t going to shock any of you), but road trips are endlessly more rewarding for everyone involved – including traveling staff members like myself – when we pick up points.

That’s why the six straight losses the Revolution suffered on the road from mid-April through the end of June weren’t very much fun for anyone. Losses make for quiet bus rides, dejected locker rooms and frustrated postgame quotes. It’s also why our travels in the month of July – in which the Revs went unbeaten (1-0-3) in four road trips – were much more memorable.

As we prepare to leave for Columbus later this afternoon ahead of Saturday night’s meeting with the conference-leading Crew, all I ask is that we stretch that unbeaten run away from home to five. Preferably with three points instead of one. Because that would be better.

Let’s be honest. At this point in the season with the standings shaping up the way they are, a draw would likely feel like two points lost instead of one point gained, even at a venue like Crew Stadium where Columbus has lost just once all season. Perhaps Matt Reis put it best earlier this week with this simple and straightforward statement: “With only four wins on the year, we really have to start getting three points and start getting wins.”

So that will be the task – as it always is – on Saturday night at Crew Stadium. We’ll arrive in Ohio late this afternoon and our coverage from the Buckeye State will kick off early tomorrow afternoon with Revolution Soccer Gameday. Join us then, but in the meantime check out our extensive preview coverage on revolutionsoccer.net.


  1. gb says:

    Now that the transfer window is over, I cant wait to hear who the next signing is. After clearing all that cap & roster space, there is going to be another singing, right?

  2. Haus says:

    5 open roster spots, $500k in cap space, and apparently content to keep it that way. The Revs organization is bush-league. Top to bottom you all should be ashamed of yourselves. I will not be going to Foxboro ever again. Thanks for ruining soccer in Boston.

  3. Chris B says:

    Hey Jeff are injury reports available for midweek games? I hate the injury report probably as much as Cathal Conlon does :) but I was curious about Rajko, Sainey etc. Do you think it is wise to keep Rajko out even for the weekend considering the doctors told him he might risk the rest of his career? It would be considerably bad to lose another striker to injury! I’d be inclined to say I’d rather wait despite the need for goals and the demand to have Rajko and Milton play alongside each other.

  4. Jeff Lemieux says:

    Chris B – Injury reports actually come out on both Tuesdays and Fridays, so we had a new one today. It was identical to this past Friday’s, but it can be found here: http://www.revolutionsoccer.net/news/2011/08/injury-report-august-16-2011

    It’ll be interesting to see how Lekic comes along through the end of this week. I’m sure if he sees the field on Saturday, it’ll be because he’s completely ready to return.

  5. Haus says:

    Since you moderated out my last post, I’ll give you something more palatable:

    Yay! Revolution! I’m so happy that you have open roster spots and lots of cap space! Its even more shrewd to wait until we are practically out of the playoffs to acquire anyone! Keep up the good work and thank you for making the Revs one of the best run organizations in MLS! Yay!

  6. backseat says:

    my two cents – I think Nicols blew it last night. The bunker down approach doesn’t work for us. How many times do we have to take on this mentality and blow the lead/game before we realize that a solid attacking option will help the defense by letting our guys in the back rest and get organized. It would also help if we could break up the flow by the other team.
    This approach is especially painful to watch in light of the fact that we still can’t execute a slow build up from the back. Our signature play out of the back still seems to be to clear the ball to the other team.
    I would have kept two forwards and rotated out Boggs (I thought he was done by the 70th minute). I think keeping our flanks dangerous and our forwards fresh would have made a HUGE difference last night.
    On a brighter note, I do think Shalrie and Benny are starting to figure out how to work together. There were some real bright spots there.
    As for training this week – make Alston hit driven crosses every day until he’s a legitimate threat on the flank. He can really open things up with his overlapping runs but those runs are worthless if he can’t deliver a successful cross. He’s far more likly to sky the ball into the stands then to hit anything useful into the box for our forwards. sigh…..

  7. Chris B says:

    It’s worth mentioning that Reis, Feilhaber and Caraglio all made MLS Soccer’s team of the week with Barnes as an honorable mention. Good job Revs! Keep it up!

    P.S vote Reis Save of the Week!

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