Minutes aren’t guaranteed in soccer, so you have to make the most of them when they come. This is something that Kelyn Rowe fully understands.
One week later, Rowe returned to the bench, ultimately playing 11 minutes as the New England Revolution searched for an equalizer against the Philadelphia Union.
Rowe explained that Friedel “didn’t need to say anything” about leaving him out against Orlando. Things like this happen in the soccer world and players can’t dwell on them. Instead, they must focus on what’s to come.
“It’s about being a professional on my end,” Rowe explained. “Any minutes I get, I got to make sure that I play well and make an impact. Hopefully, today I did in [Friedel’s] mind and we’ll see come next week.”
Against the Union, Rowe had 13 touches, eight passes, and two chances created. In the 86th minute, he sent in a corner kick that was volleyed towards goal by Teal Bunbury—a solid opportunity despite being saved by Andre Blake.
Although Rowe undoubtedly provided a spark off the bench, the Revs would lose 3-2 when all was said and done. The team will now return to the training field to prepare for D.C. United. The work here will help determine Rowe’s role next week.
“I think every week you go in knowing that you have to earn your minutes throughout the week,” Rowe said. “Maybe I had a bad week or two. Hopefully, these last 10 minutes meant that I did well and I earn them next week as well.”
This level of uncertainty is normal since players can easily transition from the starting lineup to the bench and vice versa. Knowing this, Rowe is keen on making a difference each week, regardless of how long he plays or where he lines up.
“I’ve said it before, I’ll play everywhere that coach wants me to, where the team wants me to,” Rowe said. “For me, it’s about making an impact. As long as I take advantage of the minutes I get, I’m happy.”