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.