The New England Revolution collected their seventh draw of the 2016 campaign on Saturday night, battling Orlando City SC to a 2-2 result. Goals from Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo equaled strikes from Kevin Molino and Carlos Rivas. So, what did we learn from the tie? Let's take a look:
1. Fagundez's opener is the type of goal you want to see from the Revolution. The opportunity started with Gershon Koffie picking up the ball at midfield. In a pass that looked identical to something Jermaine Jones would've hit, Koffie found Fagundez on the right flank. The speedy midfielder proceeded to take on a defender before playing a quick one-to with Lee Nguyen. Fagundez then found himself in a position to shoot. Sure, the final product was deflected by an Orlando City defender, but the moments leading up it were exactly what you want to see from the Revolution. Quick movements, smart passes, and deceive finishing will lead to more goals. For a further proof, see the Revolution's second tally of the night.
2. Femi Hollinger-Janzen has really impressed so far. In a rookie class that includes Jordan McCrary and Michael Gamble, who would've thought that Hollinger-Janzen, drafted 51st overall, would be the one to stand out. After several sharp appearances off the bench, the 6' striker was handed his first start against Orlando. Hollinger-Janzen was engaged throughout the night and looked dangerous in front of net. Although he didn't get on the scoresheet, his movement caused nightmares for the opposing defense. That said, the rookie did start to fade in the second half. Regardless of whether he's a used as a starter or a substitute, Hollinger-Janzen is one to keep an eye on.
3. Injuries won't make things any easier. As a whole, the Revs played well enough to earn three points. It wasn't to be, however, as the team will now hit the road with only one win in ten tries. Perhaps more disappointing than the result were the injuries that occurred on Saturday night. First, sturdy right back Je-Vaughn Watson came off the field, making way for London Woodberry. Later, Donnie Smith limped around, soldiering on because the Revs didn't have any subs left. With Chris Tierney, Teal Bunbury, and Charlie Davies already struggling with injuries, seeing anyone come off the field, even if it's precautionary, isn't good.