The Skirmish At Exploria Stadium
On Sunday at approximately 3:00, two teams played in the first Eastern Conference Semi-Final for the 2020 MLS Playoffs. The Revolution took on the Orlando City Soccer Club at Exploria Stadium in Orlando. The Revs ended up beating OCSC 3-1. Orlando City was very conscientious of control of the game. They kept 67 percent of the possession. The Revolution were much more clinical with their possession during the game. Tajon Buchanan and Carles Gil were important parts of New England’s eventual win. They created two out of the three goals together. All the while, torturing Portuguese star Nani on the right side of the field.
Orlando City did everything right during the match until it mattered. The 416 passes that Orlando made weren't enough to trouble the New England defense. The Revolution defense stopped people on the dribble six times. Tajon Buchanan, Scott Caldwell and DeJuan Jones were the strong players to do so. Buchanan also had the most interceptions throughout the match. Caldwell and Carles Gil created magic out of the middle of the field through their pressure. Scotty and Carles combined to pressure Orlando into losing the ball eight times.
Eastern Conference Semi-Final Brings Out Revolution Strength
The Revolution were able to finish their chances better than all previous playoff games. By the end of the game, they had scored three goals from five shots on goal. In the previous game against the Philadelphia Union, the Revs managed two goals from four shots on goal, while taking eleven shots total. Prior to that, New England scored two goals from nine shots on goal, while taking a total of 23 shots total. As you can obviously see, they've gotten a lot more clinical in front of the net.
The team on the whole was strengthened by their ability to create chances in front of net. Compared to Orlando, New England had 15 shot creating actions and five goal creating actions. Orlando on the other hand, they had fourteen chances created for a shot and none for a goal. Where that may sound silly, the Revs actually created the goal for Orlando through miscommunication between Henry Kessler and Matt Turner.
The Revolution's Strikes Of Brilliance
Tajon Buchanan was a terrifically bright spot for the Revs on Sunday. Buchanan helped to create two of the three goals with Carles Gil as his wingman. Buchanan took three players on with dribbles and managed to successfully dribble through one. He also was able to pass by two players during the match out-right.
Carles Gil was the man of the hour and a half, creating three goal creating chances throughout the game. He ended up with an assist to his name from Gustavo Bou's nutmeg toe-poke at the end of the game to seal the deal. Gil touched the ball 60 times throughout the match. From those touches, he dished the ball out 48 times, completing the pass 34 times successfully.
Gustavo Bou had an amazing afternoon, scoring two goals, bringing his total for all competitions this year to eight. He has the clutch gene running through him, creating three goals total in three games played in the playoffs this year. I expect more to come with his free-roaming positioning since Carles Gil's return.