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.