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New England Revolution 0 – 0 Sporting Kansas City


As you may have heard I attended today’s New England Revolution home opener with faithful reader and commenter KCGunner- here are my observations:

  • It was cold- very cold.
  • It was windy.  Windy to the point that it made it impossible for either club to put together anything resembling “good soccer.”  It was nothing like the farce- albeit an entertaining one!- that took place in Denver last night, but for the most part it was hard to watch.
  • The New England offense, inconsistent at the best of times, is non-existent without the injured Saer Sene and with Jerry Bengston on international duty.  Chad Barrett started today’s match as the lone “striker” and was a physical presence at times, but he did not produce anything remotely resembling “offense.”  He was replaced by Ryan Guy in the 64″ at which point it appeared that the Revolution were playing a 4-6-0 formation and perfectly happy to take a point from this match.
  • SKC’s Ike Opara had a rough day, a really rough day.  Offensively, defensively, it wouldn’t shock me to find out that when he was getting dressed after the match he broke a shoe lace.
  • Former Revolution midfielder and current SKC midfielder Benny Feilhaber was…nothing.  Other than picking up a yellow card for simulation he had pretty much no impact on the match.  That’ll probably get him another USMNT call-up.
  • Aurelien Collin was probably SKC’s best player on the day- he was physical, vocal, and covered a lot of ground.
  • I continue to be impressed by New England’s Jose Goncalves.  There’s nothing spectacular about him…except that he makes every play.  His first touch and ability to control the ball is excellent, he shields the ball well, he’s good in the air, and on a day like today when the conditions are trying, he knows not to fool around with the ball.  “High and wide” can solve a lot of problems.
  • The chant of “Billy Idol!  Billy Idol!” when SKC’s Jimmy Nielsen was in front of the Fort during the second half of the match may have been the highlight of the day.

3 comments on “New England Revolution 0 – 0 Sporting Kansas City

  1. KC Gunner
    March 23, 2013

    Agree on most fronts,, including that this game was thoroughly unimpressive, but your antipathy for Feilhaber is showing. I thought he was one of the better midfielders on the field today (not that high of a compliment, but still). As we discussed, both of New England’s outside fullbacks (not sure who was opposite Goncalves) were great – constantly in perfect position; perfectly timing challenges; & cutting off runs intelligently.
    Finally, it took 3 hours for my feet to fully regain feeling – it was that kind of cold.

  2. weefuse
    March 24, 2013

    Farrell (the #1 pick in this year’s draft) was the other outside fullback and I probably should have given him a mention- he was excellent.

  3. KC Gunner
    March 25, 2013

    Ah yes. Will be interesting to see if they can figure out how to build forward from that backline. Had a great time; thanks for making it out.

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This entry was posted on March 23, 2013 by in Major League Soccer, New England Revolution, Sporting KC, USMNT, World Cup 2014.
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