Turner Keeps Them In The Game
The New England Revolution started the game off with nervous energy allowing the Red Bulls to use their aggressive press. The press from Omir Fernandez, Tom Barlow, and Kaku pushed the Revolution into making a couple of costly mistakes. The mistakes allowed New York to get a couple of chances on goal against Matt Turner early on. Turner did a great job of parrying away two very good chances in the first 25 minutes.
In the 35th minute, the press caused cracks in the defense. Fernandez provided Ben Mines with a give and go at the top of the 18. Omir received the ball back and drilled the ball calmly into the right corner of the net past the goalkeeper. The four in the back for the Revs were left unorganized allowing for the goal.
The goal aside, the defenders and goalkeeper played very well. Center backs Henry Kessler and Andrew Farrell provided great cover for Turner throughout the game. Bye and Buttner, the wingbacks, provided some key passes in the middle third. These passes created some great chances on goal.
Bou On A Streak
Shortly after the Red Bulls' goal, the team was more relaxed in their press. It eventually led to a counter-attack. It started with Turner playing the ball in quickly to Diego Fagundez from a goal kick. Diego sent it to the left with Penilla. Penilla had time to pick his head up and make a leading pass to Teal Bunbury. Gustavo Bou, the Revs' leading goalscorer currently, made a run in across the goalmouth. Teal put a simple pass on a platter for Bou to gently tap in the back of the net.
Bou has been extremely important in these past two games as a forward, pairing with Buksa up top. The game against New York last night makes the second game in a row with a goal for him. I'm sure he will be looking to continue that streak in the next game against NYCFC.
Chances That Didn't Turn To Goals
After many chances for both sides, the game ended in a 1-1 draw. The Revolution had many chances to capitalize on and should have put this game away at least twice in the final 30 minutes. Young Designated Player Adam Buksa provided two soft shots on goal during the game. You could see he was frustrated with his chances.
Gustavo Bou, after scoring early in the game, had a wonder strike from 25 yards out in the 65th minute which he saw ricochet the wrong way off the right post. Kelyn Rowe was subbed into the game in the 73rd minute. The ball dropped to him after a touch from DeJuan Jones to set him up. Kelyn had a great for a great blast from 28 yards out that was easily saved by the goalkeeper.
The stats are padded up well in the shots column for the Revs this year. They currently hold a 22.8 shot-creating play per game, while only converting 1.3 goals on average per game. Most of those shots come from Gustavo Bou, who leads the MLS in most shots at 34 currently. He had 14 of those shots end up on the goal and only 3 have found the back of the net.
New Players Providing Help
The New England Revolution has recently acquired three new players. They are Matt Polster, Kekuta Manneh, and Tommy McNamara. We still have only seen Manneh in practice. He was named in the line-up last night but not being used as a sub. McNamara entered the game at the 73rd minute yesterday, making his first minutes since he joined, due to the need to quarantine
. He created a bright spot in the middle of the field in his position, finding many key passes that led to chances in the last 20 minutes of the game.
Polster started the past three games for the Revolution and has shown great strength while commanding the middle third of the field. He is largely seen as a great signing with the fan base. Matt continued commanding the middle of the field last night. The backline and Polster kept Turner safe for the 73 minutes he played.
Revs' Strikes Of Brilliance
The Revolution fan base has come to be worried that New England has lost the ability to score for the past few games. They are not without trying to do so. I see this team as a family that is still looking to gel. The New England Revolution went out last night and created chances where they hadn't been in the MLS is Back tournament. They just recently added a total of three players in the recent transfer season which will provide a need to create chemistry with the newcomers. The obvious major loss of Carles Gil is not without notice. I see the new players stepping up into positions as solid where they need to be and helping to fix the hole that Gil created when he got injured.
Saturday's game against the Red Bulls showed us that they still have the resilience to come back after allowing a goal scored. The game also showed us that they can strike on goal well! The Revs fan base on the whole need to rise and be the backboard of a team that is still reeling from the major loss of Gil. Please, don't give up on a team that isn't giving up on you.