Every professional athlete will tell you that winning, regardless of the circumstances, feels good. They’ll also admit that a full-on goal-fest is just a little bit more satisfying.
On Wednesday, the New England Revolution put up six goals against Sporting KC during a Desert Diamond Cup game. Juan Agudelo and Lee Nguyen grabbed two, while Diego Fagundez and Daigo Kobayashi had solo tallies to round out the final 6-2 scoreline.
How did the Revs feel about the afternoon clash? To them, it was quite enjoyable.
“It was a lot of fun,” Fagundez explained. “You can tell just by watching the game that, not just myself, but everyone was enjoying themselves. The way [the team was] playing, moving off the ball, communicating, and of course finishing our chances, that’s what we want.”
The Revs have long been a team that thrives on confidence. When the team is in sync, the movement and passes are mesmerizing. Quick one-twos open up space and cause headaches for defenders. It’s a playing style that’s beautiful to watch.
It’s also a style that can be frustrating at times.
On Saturday, the Revolution lost 3-1 to the Colorado Rapids. The attacking opportunities were there, but the Revs couldn’t finish. Four days later, the shooting improved, which built confidence team-wide.
“It was a lot of fun, because we did what we wanted to do, and in the end we put our chances away,” Lee Nguyen explained. “I think that also relieved a lot of pressure on the defensive side, because we were able to just relax and keep the ball and create more chances after that.”
With just one preseason game left, the team is looking to build upon their current momentum. If this team stays healthy and sharp, more goals could be on the way.
“I think it’s going to give us confidence for the next game,” Fagundez said. “It’s one of those things that we move forward, because it’s another game, but we have to take all the positives and make sure that we learn from our mistakes, but of course keep having fun.”