MLS Review: New England Revolution one win away from MLS points record

Six of the seven spots in the Eastern Conference are still available for the playoff bracket while teams battle it out for four places in the Western Conference...

The remainder of October is a busy month for MLS teams. Depending on the schedules and games in hand, some teams have midweek fixtures to get to the full 34-game schedule and will play up to four games in 14 days.

Six of the seven spots in the Eastern Conference are still available for the playoff bracket.

Only New England Revolution have qualified but Philadelphia Union and Nashville SC can join them with one more win. FC Cincinnati, Toronto FC, and Chicago Fire have been eliminated but there are still 10 teams that can mathematically qualify for the six available spots.

Meanwhile, three spots have been claimed in the West with Seattle Sounders, Sporting KC, and Colorado Rapids all in. Seattle's first-place lead was cut to three points as they lost to Sporting KC on Saturday and Sporting have a game in hand.

Austin FC, FC Dallas, and Houston Dynamo have been eliminated leaving seven teams battling for the final four spots.

Five star effort from Inter Miami

Inter Miami head coach Phil Neville gestures from the sideline during the MLS match between Inter Miami CF and Atlanta United FC on September 29th, 2021

It is probably too little too late to make the MLS Cup Playoffs but Inter Miami are at least ending the season in style against the bad teams.

For a team that has struggled in front of goal over the last two months, they have kicked it into gear against Toronto FC and FC Cincinnati. The Herons scored five times to beat Cincinnati 5-1 on Saturday, giving them eight goals for the week.

That eight-goal tally in two games is more goals than Inter Miami scored in the previous 11 games combined. Federico Higuain scored for the second straight game, netting the opener. The game was tied at half-time before Gonzalo Higuain scored on an assist from his brother.

The Herons kept pushing forward and doubled the lead through Indiana Vassilev. Lewis Morgan made it 4-1 and Julian Carranza finished off the win in style in the 85th minute.

The Herons have a crucial game on Wednesday away to Atlanta United before hosting New York City on Saturday. Miami are five points behind Atlanta with three games left but they also need to jump DC United and Montreal CF.

According to Planet Sport Bet, Inter Miami are at 4/1 to get the big win on Wednesday while Atlanta United are 8/15 to win at home and a draw is 31/10.

Revolution claim Supporters Shield

Bruce Arena, manager of New England Revolution

New England clinched the Supporters Shield before they took the field on Sunday, going on to draw against Orlando City 2-2.

It is the first time they have ever won the Supporters Shield and the Revs are one of the original MLS teams, going back 26 seasons. The trophy was won after Seattle Sounders fell to Sporting KC 2-1 on Saturday, meaning the Sounders could no longer catch the Revolution on points.

The Revolution need one more win to set the MLS single-season record for points with 73. Just two years ago, LAFC went for 72, and New England have just five losses on the entire season with 62 goals scored.

New England not only have the assist leader in the league in Carles Gil (17) but they have two players in the Golden Boot race with Buksa on 16 goals and Gustavo Bou with 15 goals.

When former USMNT coach Bruce Arena took over the Revolution in May 2019 they were in last place. As a coach and sporting director, he has built them into the top seed in the playoffs in just two seasons.

This week the Revolution host Colorado Rapids on Wednesday and then have the weekend off. The Revs are 3/4 to win at home on Wednesday while Rapids are 16/5 and a draw is 14/5.

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