New England Revolution 0 – Philadelphia Union 1
Scott Caldwell is 22- even if he looks 12.
Impressions from last yesterday’s match…
- The more I see of defender Jose Goncalves, the more I like. Not only is he a self-assured and effective player individually, but he clearly brings a level of professionalism and calm to the back line that is rubbing off on younger players like A.J. Soares, Kevin Alston, and Andrew Farrell.
- Here’s why I can’t stand Jack McInerney and love Antoine Hoppenot: Hoppenot hustles, McInerney is a hustler.
- Bobby Shuttleworth is not the answer in the Revolution goal. He was only in the net because Matt Reis was nursing an injury, but I’m not sure how many more times I can watch him go for a high ball across the front of the goal before I get an ulcer. Even when he gets to the ball he opts to punch it out rather than catch it and way too many of those punches fail to clear the 18 yard box. Matt Reis won’t be around forever and maybe the Revolution might want to look at options other than Shuttleworth.
- I was very impressed with the professional debut of homegrown player Scott Caldwell. Not so much because he did anything spectacular, but because he played the full 90 minutes and he looked like he belonged. He was confident on the ball, made good decisions when passing the ball, and pulled his weight on defense. If he continues to develop it might be difficult for players like Ryan Guy (away on international duty with Guam) and other midfielders to get back into the team.
- Last night’s performance was…mediocre. What worried me, however, was the lack of offense. The Revs just aren’t a regular threat on offense. With Jerry Bengston in and out of the side due to international duty, Saer Sene still out with an injury, Chad Barrett never a “prolific” scorer, and Dimitry Imbongo still destined for the Carolina RiverHawks, Harrisburg City Islanders, or wherever one has to wonder where the goals are going to come from.