Bruce Arena Confident In His Team
"Our players always come with a good attitude."Bruce Arena, Preview Interview Before Chicago Fire 9/4/2020
Bruce Arena and the players of the New England Revolution are looking forward to the game and a win at Soldier Field. They previously tied the Fire at Gillette 1-1. Adam Buksa scored the lone goal in the game for the Revs. Adam was perfectly served up by Brandon Bye. Buksa controlled the ball with a brilliant trap at the top of the 18-yard box. He turned around Fransisco Calvo to score lower-left corner on the keeper.
Arena is looking forward to the team continuing to create goal-scoring opportunities, as they have in the previous two games. "We've created enough chances in games to get more goals" when asked about the "them missing the final touch" by Frank Dell'apa in the preview interview. Bruce is hoping to see more of those situations created. He agreed the players need to be better with their finishing.
The team and coach both see eye-to-eye that the past couple of games have frustrated them. Arena said in the interview on Friday, "We understand the issues, things we need to do better." He was quick to reassure the reporter that he feels, "Our players always come with a good attitude." Both Bunbury and Polster agreed in their separate interviews stating the positive outlook from the team in training.
Squad Rotation Is Key
The New England Revolution are now heading into their third game in eight days. The team definitely needs to use squad rotation to keep players fit and ready to go. "We think, in our case, we need to make some changes," Arena stated when asked about managing squad rotation. He noted that some teams changed their whole team and some haven't made any changes at all. Bruce carried on to say that he doesn't know how many changes will be made.
The team will definitely be looking to switch up Penilla from the number 10 position after his abysmal effort against NYCFC. He had a clear cut chance to bring the team within one goal. McNamara cut the ball back to him in the middle of the 18 and he missed the net completely on a first-time attempt. I hope to see Kekuta Manneh or Kelyn Rowe step in to fill the role.
Manneh in his twenty-eight minute's time during the game against New York City showed technical prowess. He managed to control the ball more than anyone else on the field during the whole game. He also was very aware of the passes he could make if he found trouble. I find these to be important aspects of the 10's position on the field.
Rowe, on the other hand, is a consistent passer. He stepped into the role of 10 before and excelled. He loves finding himself in attacking opportunities. Especially, those chances at the edge of the box or further out that tend to drop to his feet when he plays as a midfielder.
Match Likely To Be Physical
Matt Polster disagreed when asked about the Chicago Fire making this a physical match, "Not necessarily, I think at the end of the day we need to focus on ourselves and do what we are good at." The Fire, Polster's previous MLS team, is leading the league in fouls committed with 140 infractions.
I tend to err on the side of statistics in this case. The Revolution need to take advantage of Chicago's testier side. The Revs would benefit from a few more set-pieces around the 18 or even a penalty inside the box due to the rough and tumble approach. The more chances, the merrier, and I highly doubt Bruce Arena would run away from the easy targets in Chicago's backline. The Fire's top offender is Przemysław Frankowski, who has committed a team-high, 18 fouls this season. Frankowski would have joined Adam Buksa in heading to Poland, had MLS allowed them to leave for their international games.
The current state of the Revolution has shown to be unable to score regularly. The extra chances that the Revs will garner from pushing the Fire to foul them will provide to be helpful. I find them scoring two goals off of set-piece plays. The defense will need to be more physical and better at man-marking. I hope to see Rennicks on the bench to provide a burst of speed once the starting line-up starts to fatigue. Buksa will provide helpful up at the top as a target man and will score against the Fire again. He knows this defense and what they're capable of now.
The home game for Chicago will not gain them a goal. Matt Turner will once again keep his goal safe from shots on goal and end up with a shut-out. He currently sits at a league-leading 0.88 goals-against average and 7 goals conceded. I don't see Mancienne starting again. The end score will be 3-0 Revs.
Where To Watch
Locally, the game will be on NBC Sports Boston, with Charlie Davies analyzing and Brad Feldman calling the play-by-play.
In out-of-market areas, ESPN+ will be your savior, as they cover the rest of the US for any games currently not being shown by their local market.
If you're out and about, turn on 98.5 The Sports Hub for a cast of Charlie and Brad's call of the game.
Portuguese Revs fans can listen in on 1260 AM Nossa Radio USA for their call of the game as well.