Too often in Boston, the success of the team’s professional soccer and lacrosse teams gets overlooked throughout the summer as so many eyes are focused on the Boston Red Sox. Here we will give you an update on the progress of the New England Revolution, Boston Breakers and Boston Cannons, all of which provide world-class competition in their respective sports to the fans of the Greater Boston Area.
New England Revolution
The Revolution recently passed the mid-way point of their season, and they currently sit in a tie for 9th place in the Eastern Conference through 20 games in the season. The long-climb back into the playoff race got a huge boost back on July 22, when they defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy at Gillette Stadium by a score of 4-3. The Revs are tied with the Philadelphia Union at 23 points on the season, 8 behind the Columbus Crew, who currently sit in 6th place. The top 6 teams in the Eastern Conference will make the postseason, and although the Revs have a tough climb to make the postseason, they have plenty of time to do it with 14 matches left on the season.
The Revs have been led by Diego Fagundez and Lee Nguyen to this point in the season. Fagundez leads the team with 8 assists on the season to compliment his 4 goals scored, while Nguyen leads the team in goals with 8 and also added 7 assists to also put him in the team lead in points. These two stars will look to help lead the Revs back into the playoff race and help coach Jay Heaps avoid missing the playoffs for the second season in a row, after making it all the way to the MLS Cup back in 2014. The Revs have 14 matches left on the season including 7 at Gillette Stadium. Be sure to look at ticket prices on-line, or you cannot make it to a game catch one on CSN-NE, who broadcasts all non-nationally televised games.
Playing their games at Jordan Field on the campus of Harvard, the Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League continues to grow their fan base in the Boston area. In the ten-team NWSL, the Breakers are committed to growing the game of soccer in both the Boston area and around the country. During the 2017 season, the team has struggled with on-field success and find themselves in a deep hole if they hope to make the postseason come October. At 3-7-5 on the season, the Breakers are in 8th place in the league and find themselves 10 points behind the 4th place Seattle Reign FC, who currently holds the final playoff spot. With nine matches remaining on the season, the Breakers face an uphill climb if they hope to clinch a spot in the postseason.
In order to crack the postseason this season, the Breakers will need to finish extremely strong in the final portion of their schedule. Fortunately for local fans, five of those games will take place at home and tickets are still available for every game. On top of that, on Saturday, August 12 the Breakers trip to Boyds, Maryland to face off against the Washington Spirit will be televised live on Lifetime as part of the NWSL’s TV partnership with the network to broadcast one league game per week on the network. The team has to make a lot of noise in order to make the playoffs, but with the support of those around Boston, they have the chance to do just that.
The Cannons are one of the original six teams in Major League Lacrosse, which is the highest level of professional lacrosse found in the world. The MLL currently houses nine teams and hosts a four team playoff at season’s end that concludes with the MLL Championship Game, which will this season be held in Frisco, Texas. The Cannons are struggling this season and without a major turnaround will likely find themselves missing the playoffs once again. At 3-8 on the season, the Cannons find themselves in last place and needing to win the final three games of the season for a chance at a 4th place finish. The team will host two more home games, on July 29 and August 5, both at Harvard Stadium and both streamed live on Twitter. Be sure to catch a game and purchase tickets or stream it on Twitter if you cannot make it to the game in-person.