It didn’t take long for Gullermo Hauche to earn his first minutes with the New England Revolution.
Signed Sept. 13, Hauche played 45 minutes against the Chicago Fire on Sept. 22, just days after he received his paperwork. Hauche replaced Diego Fagundez at halftime, with the hope that the Argentine would offer some new energy.
While he didn’t record an assist or goal in the night’s 2-2 tie, head coach Brad Friedel was happy with what he saw.
“I think in the first 10-15 minutes, he had more touches in the team’s attacking third than we had in the first half,” Friedel noted. “He’s a very, very good player in the opponent’s attacking half of the field. He knows how to unlock defenses.”
Both Teal Bunbury and Brad Knighton remarked that Hauche provided a “spark.” Knighton also commented that the newcomer has “a bit of a bite, that bit of aggressiveness.”
Still, the club believes there’s much more that Hauche can offer. With only five games left to play, Friedel and the rest of the coaching staff are looking to get Hauche up to speed as quickly as possible.
“Obviously, his fitness isn’t up to where it needs to be and hopefully over these next couple of weeks he can get to the levels that we’re at,” Knighton said “He brings a spark, adds a spark off the bench if need be, and he’s [someone] that we’re looking to use going forward these last five games.”