It's all fallen apart for the New England Revolution. After overcoming a slow start by storming up the table with a five-match winning streak that included a 5-0 win over Seattle and a 5-3 win over Philadelphia, the Revs have since fallen in seven straight with a 2-0 loss to FC Dallas.
The seven games without a point collected represent the team's worst losing run in the post-shootout MLS era, and the Revs are now just two games from tying the unappealing franchise record for consecutive games lost. The mark of nine was set in 1997 and repeated in 1998. If the 2014 team gets past that, the 12-game losing streak of the 1999 New York/New Jersey Metrostars represents the league's record for futility.
During this seven-game slide, the once-prolific Revolution have scored just three goals, and never more than one in a single game. The crash has dragged New England down into the playoff battle, and it's now equal on points with Philadelphia and Columbus, holding onto fifth place and the final playoff berth by virtue of the games won tiebreaker, although it does have games in hand on both of those teams.
Despite being shut out by Dallas and conceding goals to Andres Escobar and Tesho Akindele, Revolution coach Jay Heaps was bullish about the performance of his side.
"The other night (a 5-1 loss to the LA Galaxy) we got our noses rubbed in it," he told reporters after the game. "The last seven games have been absolutely gut wrenching, with highs and lows in this big low.
"Tonight's effort, you just felt from the beginning we were going to be good enough to get something from this game, but we didn't and that's the way it goes."