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2014 MLS Season Review: New England Revolution

Eastern Conference Final Position: 2nd

Eastern Conference Playoffs: Winners

MLS Cup Runner-up

Review

The 2014 campaign was a hugely successful one for the New England Revolution in many ways. They won more games in a season than ever before, and saw the highest ever attendances during their MLS Playoff run to the MLS Cup Final. The Revs might have lost in the final but the franchise will be delighted with the progress made and things look very good for 2015 and beyond.

Lee Nguyen was inspirational all season and the arrival of USMNT star Jermaine Jones transformed the Revs season at the perfect time. Next year should see the team improve further.

Best Moment

Winning the Eastern Conference Championship against the New York Red Bulls has to go down as the best moment for the Revs in 2014. Their sublime playoff run saw them destroy the Columbus Crew and beating the Red Bulls over two legs saw them deservedly crowned Eastern Conference Champions.

Worst Moment

Losing in the MLS Cup Final was disappointing but not the worst moment of the season by any stretch. Losing eight games in a row in the middle of the season was a real bad spell for the club and they did well to turn things around later on.

Player of the Year

Lee Nguyen – Sensational. Anyone who watched the Revs this season does not need to be told how good the playmaker was. He ended the season with a staggering 20 goals, including those scored in the playoffs and missed just two games all season. Nguyen was rewarded for his efforts with a call-up to the USMNT squad for the friendly against Colombia in London and he looks set for another huge campaign next time around.

Biggest Win

New England Revolution 5-0 Seattle Sounders (May 11 2014)

Biggest Defeat

LA Galaxy 5-1 New England Revolution (July 17 2014)

What to improve for the 2015 season…

There is not much that needs to be drastically changed in New England for next season. The way they ended the 2014 regular season and approached the playoffs deserves great credit and if they can pick up where they left off they will quickly be labelled as MLS Cup favourites for 2015. Jay Heaps has his side set up well, and has the right personnel in to make another charge at the MLS Cup next term.

They will be disappointed with the mid-season slump and consistency will be important this time around. They only won one of their opening five last season so it will be vital that they hit the ground running and make it last.

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About Louis East (1196 Articles)
Editor of MLSGB.com. Premier League and MLS reporter.

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