For the first time since Jun. 13, the New England Revolution claimed three points as they downed New York City FC 1-0 on Saturday night. It might not have been the prettiest game, but it was an important one as the team looks to rebound from their five-game losing streak. So, what can we takeaway from this weekend's match? Here are a few thoughts:
- The Revs love space. You probably noticed that Lee Nguyen and Diego Fagundez looked exceptional on Saturday night. The reason is simple: space. One week after they conceded four to a weakened Toronto FC side, NYC looked to primed to do it again. Once the Revs broke through NYC's high pressure, their attack was afforded plenty of space to flow openly.The game's only goal is a perfect example of this, but there were also plenty of other similar opportunities throughout the night. The offense looked good, even if the finishing was lacking.
- NYC were reduced to 10 men after a harsh, but correct, red card. With only one red card in 13 MLS seasons, it’s safe to say that Ned Grabavoy isn’t a dirty player. Regardless, the midfielder was sent to the locker room early after a studs up tackle on Daigo Kobayashi. While he probably didn’t have any intent to injury, Grabavoy certainly could have. MLS All Star Chris Tierney found himself in a similar situation against DC United earlier this year. Were the cards a bit harsh considering the good-natured personalities of the players? Perhaps, but they were also appropriate.
- This win could be a turning point. In a week highlighted by a players-only meeting, the primary talking point was clear: the streak ends Saturday. Charlie Davies was particularly confident in saying that beating NYC could set the tempo moving forward. Sure, it’s one game, but it’s a game where the Revs’ attack looked dangerous and the back line held a shutout (their first since Jun. 13). Games against the Chicago Fire, Toronto FC and the Houston Dynamo await, which isn't the easiest schedule, but it's certainly manageable