Goals From Unexpected Places
Bruce Arena and the New England Revolution have found winning ways once again. After two games without a positive result, they returned to Gillette Stadium. In the two previous match-ups, they had only managed to score one. The team came together in this win showing a great grasp of each other's movement. The Revs ended up with an 85% pass accuracy rating. The completed passes helped to give them 58% of the possession for the game.
Gustavo Bou proved his worth of the designated player tag. Bou scored a goal with his only shot on target Wednesday night. He also provided pressure from a couple of other shots in the game. He was consistently in positions to score in the final third. Bou was a little off on his passing game, but we'll take the goal instead, especially when we still kept the majority of possession.
Diego Fagundez scored for his first time since July 27th, 2019. A soft curled shot to the bottom right, he instantly felt relief from the goal drought. It was from a great pass by a calm, collected Tajon Buchanan. Fagundez kept the Impact guessing, shooting off two more shots during the game. The pride of Nashoba Valley Youth Soccer League, went on to have 3 key passes that led to a shot for another player.
Rookie Of The Year : Henry Kessler
Henry Kessler! That's the name that I want to yell into the void right now. Kessler is currently making a run at Daryl Dike for rookie of the year. For those that didn't watch the goal, Henry chested a ball to his feet off a glancing header from a corner kick. He then, without looking at the net, buried the ball to the right of the keeper.
Beyond that, he helped the team with medium and long passes with a 88% pass completion rate. He consistently shows a calmness on the ball while defending. Matt Turner and Henry seem to have a connection in the back. Turner and Kessler are always using each other for an out when pressured. When asked after the game about keeping the shut-out, he told the reporter that he was upset that they didn't do the necessary to make sure.
Winning Through Defensive Efforts
The entire team was involved in the defensive end of the game. In the Wednesday night game, the attack was one of the biggest areas that kept the defense strong. Tajon Buchanan, a winger, in a position you wouldn't expect to make great defensive plays, was the strongest. Buchanan applied the most pressure in the final third of the field. Coincidentally, he also made the most successful tackles out of the team, in the middle and final third.
Henry Kessler, DeJuan Jones, and Brandon Bye were the defenders that kept the backline safe. Kessler kept the pressure on in the first third of the field. He stopped two dribbles successfully as a center back, keeping Matt Turner safe. Jones was an early sub for an injured Alexander Buttner. DeJuan kept the left side of the field in check with his speed. He hassled the Impact in the middle third very well. Bye kept the other wing safe while pressing on defense. He was beaten twice on the dribble but kept his speed allowed him to catch back up and make the tackle.
Revs Strikes Of Brilliance:
The Revolution is getting back to winning soccer. They needed this game against such an exhausted Montreal Impact. The goals that happened during the game will breed more goals in the games coming ahead. Gustavo and Diego will be glad to get out of goal drought.
The Impact tried Matt Turner far less than previous opponents. His backline winning the ball, helped tremendously. He was only expected to save four shots on goal and saved three. The obvious one that got past was the streaking Lappalainen in on goal alone. There was nothing Turner could have done on that one.
Buchanan and Kessler continue to impress everyone. I wouldn't be surprised to see them both continue to start for the rest of the year. They are both young enough to recover well between these games. The minutes will do their bodies and minds a favor.