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The Revolution Look…Okay?

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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.

  • Diego Fagundez (above) is being given a chance to be an offensive force again and has responded with two goals in three matches and with a little luck probably could have had another two with a little luck.  I don’t think a 20 goal season from Fagundez is out of the question.
  • Matt Turner has been a revelation in goal.  He was probably the third choice goalkeeper coming into the season but Brad Friedel (we should all probably stop questioning him on matters relating to goalkeepers) saw something that put him a head of both Cody Cropper and Brad Knighton and he has not disappointed.
  • Christian Penilla has done two things so far this season- beat defenders with the ball and be deadly accurate with his passing.  If he does nothing else (and he hit the post yesterday) the Revolution will be a vastly improved team this season because Fagundez, Bunbury, Agudelo, et al. seem to have their finishing boots on already.

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.

 

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This entry was posted on March 25, 2018 by in Major League Soccer, New England Revolution.

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