No scene quite captured the essence of this Revolution team than the final stages of a frustrating 3-2 home defeat to LA Galaxy last month.
The cruel denouement — including two late goals from the Galaxy with both teams down to 10 men — overshadowed the commitment and the industry from the home side in a bid to grind out the result.
Even after toiling away in the wake of Cristian Penilla’s dismissal after 23 minutes, the Revs threw every last ounce into it. The closing and the harrying persisted deep into the second half. Defenders threw themselves in front of every shot and yearned to prevent the Galaxy — even without absent star Zlatan Ibrahimovic — from snatching the points.