I haven’t had much to say about the New England Revolution’s first match three weeks ago against Philadelphia Union and that is because it was just too reminiscent of every match last year- the lack of discipline(!), the missed chances, the defensive lapses, etc.. I don’t know if it was first match jitters, if new manager Brad Friedel had a little talk with the players in the wake of the first match, or something else, but they have looked like a better side in their last two matches.
Since then they have played well and defeated the Colorado Rapids on a last minute free kick by Chris Tierney and yesterday the drew with NYCFC 2-2 in a match they probably could have/should have won, but it was a back-and-forth kind of match so I don’t really have too much of a problem with the result. More important that the result- or at least of equal importance- is that a few players have already emerged ones to watch as the season goes forward.
The jury remains out on some of the other newcomers (in some cases they have had a chance to suit up yet), so we’ll have to keep an eye on Somi, Samayoa, Caicedo, etc. to see what they might be able to contribute to the side in 2018.
Oh, right, and all of this (well, a 1-1-1 record anyway) is being done without a single minute of playing time from Lee Nguyen- he hasn’t even made the bench for any of these matches. This sounds a lot like Friedel has said, “See, Lee. You can come back on our terms or we can ship you out. Or sit you.” Interesting.