The New England Revolution’s run of bad form continued on Saturday night, as they were downed 2-1 by Atlanta United. Here’s a breakdown of the game.
The first goal of the night occurred in the 17th minute when 16-year-old George Bello became the first Homegrown to score for Atlanta United. The home side doubled their lead in the 52nd minute when Julian Gressel finished a feed from Hector Villalba. Two minutes into stoppage time, Juan Agudelo grabbed a consolation goal.
Quote of the Match
A quick free kick led to Atlanta’s first goal, which was an inexcusable mistake by the Revolution. For weeks, Revs personnel have noted that they have little room for error, but on Saturday they committed a cardinal sin. Goalkeeper Brad Knighton spoke about it after the game:
“We talk all week about the little moments whether the ball goes out of play or set pieces and stuff and being switched on and knowing where guys are. Maybe it was a quick lapse and they are coming quick on the counter. They are one of the better teams in the league on the counter.”
What it Means
Not much, really.
The Revs aren’t making the playoffs and coach Brad Friedel hasn’t fully committed to playing the kids. While Zachary Herivaux did get his first MLS start, Knighton was the goalkeeper, Kelyn Rowe lined up as the left back, and Teal Bunbury led the charge as the striker. Given that the post-season is out of reach, I would’ve liked to see Matt Turner, Brian Wright, and Mark Segbers. I mean, why not?
The Revs return home to host Orlando City on Oct. 13. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm.