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New England Revolution 1 – 4 New York Red Bulls



I’ve often joked here about how bad I am at math- and I am.  Had I not been able to struggle to a D+ in Sociology Statistics (supposedly the easiest class that counted towards the “quantitative reasoning” General Education Requirement)  during my sophomore year of college I would have spent more time as an undergraduate than Thomas R. Callahan, III.*

I do, however, have a pretty good grasp of logic.  A good enough grasp, I think, that I can boil down the New England Revolution’s problem without having to point any fingers or name any names.  It is this:

  • The Revolution cannot score goals (or get shots, never mind shots on goal) and their opponents know this.
  • Knowing this, their opponents know they don’t have to stay back and defend their own goal.
  • Not having to play defense allows all of the opponents field players to focus on offense.
  • Playing “4 on 10” match after match is eventually going to lead to goals, lots of goals.

Other things you may wish to enter into this “equation”:  1) While defense may win championships, the inability to score wins nothing.  2) New England’s joint top scorers this season are Jerry Bengston and “Own Goal”- and they are tied at one.  3)  New England’s last place rankings in almost every offensive categories going into this match certainly didn’t improve.  4) Please don’t think that yesterday was just a result of the much more talented Thierry Henry running rampant through the New England defense.  Yes, he scored, but so did Dax McCarty, Fabian Espindola, and even Jonny Steele, a player so fearsome that he was playing indoor soccer less than two years ago.

If there was anything worth noting it was that Diego Fagundez played well in his first start (I think…) this year and Lee Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe were “okay.”

The Revolution return to action at home next Saturday where they will lose 1-o to the Philadelphia Union on a goal from Jack McInerney- just like last time.

*that reference was for my brother in-law.


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