The New England Revolution's quest for the MLS record book continues when they host the Columbus Crew on Saturday in Foxborough, Mass.
The Revolution (17-4-4, 55 points) have 10 wins and a tie in the past 12 games and are on pace to set the marks for most points and the highest points per game in a season.
While the Revs enter the weekend with a 14-point lead over second-place Nashville SC in the Eastern Conference, the Crew (8-11-6, 30 points) are in a precarious position.
Even with a dramatic 2-1 comeback win over the New York Red Bulls on Tuesday -- their second victory in the past 10 games -- they began the weekend three points back of seventh-place Atlanta United for the final spot with nine matches left.
New England would enjoy getting a win and making the Crew's challenge more difficult. Columbus defeated the Revolution in the 2020 conference final en route to winning the MLS Cup.
At the current 2.2 points per game, the Revolution can better the 2.13 of the 1998 Los Angeles Galaxy (68 points in 32 games) and need 18 points in nine games to break the 72 of Los Angeles FC in 2019 (34 games).
"We're desperate for points (but) we still have a lot to prove as a team," Revs goalkeeper Matt Turner said. "We really want to prove to ourselves, to our fans, and to the league that we are one of those elite teams over the past few seasons."
Columbus has struggled all season but feels the rally against the Red Bulls was reminiscent of 2020. Darlington Nagbe tied it in the 74th minute and super-sub rookie Miguel Berry (five goals in 330 minutes in nine games) won it in the 88th minute.
"That second half, finally the light bulb went on a little bit and the team rolled their sleeves up and refused to lose," Crew coach Caleb Porter said. "That's the mentality we had last year."
--Field Level Media