New England Revolution 2 – 1 San Jose Earthquakes
A few quick thoughts on last night’s match…
- The first goal of the match was deserved by the Revolution even though they took no part in scoring it. First, defender Jordan Stewart tried to clear the ball but instead knocked it past on-rushing goalkeeper Jon Busch and toward the goal, then Victor Bernardez tried to clear the ball and knocked it into the San Jose goal. I’ve never seen an own goal that included and “own assist” as well!
- From beginning to end the Revolution played this match to win it. Even after Chris Wondolowski tied the match 1-1 Jay Heaps did not play for the away point- he brought in Charlie Davies to continuing pressing the attack. New England are solo much better when they press the attack. It’s also a lot more fun to watch that a counter-attacking or defensive approach.
- Jose Goncalves appears to have put his contract “problems” behind him. Last night he was club captain again and he played like it, dominating his area of the field and clearing out every ball in the air that was humanly possible.
- Equally impressive in the back line was second year player Andrew Farrell who, in addition to being fast, strong, and technically gifted may be the most athletic player to play in this league since its inception. The physical part of the game seems to come so naturally to him that he almost seems casual about it. If he’s not a USMNT starter at the 2018 World Cup I will be shocked.
- I don’t think I can overstate how important the “veteran presence” of midfielder Andy Dorman has been since he rejoined the club last season. In his time with Dunfermline, Crystal Palace, Bristol Rovers and Wales he’s clearly seen just about everything and he plays like it. He’s the perfect player to have anchoring the midfield on a team that often fields a starting 11 with 5-6 played between the ages of 19-25.
- Whether he regains his goal scoring touch or not Teal Bunbury is the back to the goal, ball holding forward that the Revolution have been missing for years, who allows others (Fagundez, Nguyen, Davies, etc.) to get into the attack. Simply put, he makes things happen.
- Again, with apologies to the departed Jeff Causey, former Revs assistant and England international Paul Mariner is a great addition to the Revolution’s television team. He needs a little polish, but his insight into the game in general and his inside knowledge of the Revolution specifically bring an immense amount of enjoyment to this year’s telecasts.
Up next: @ D.C. United on April 5.