The New England Revolution defeated Minnesota United 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. Let’s take a look at the game’s talking points.
Brad Friedel Makes Six Changes
After the Cincinnati game, Friedel said he was unhappy with the effort exerted by five to six players. One week later, he made six changes to the starting lineup by inserting Cody Cropper, Andrew Farrell, Scott Caldwell, Jalil Anibaba, DeJuan Jones, and Juan Agudelo. It’s worth noting that Brad Knighton and Cristian Penilla were excluded from the 18 after being in the starting lineup last week.
Carles Gil Provides a Beautiful Assist
The Revs got the game’s first goal when Anibaba beat goalkeeper Vito Mannone with a diving header in the 10th minute. Anbiaba’s finish was nice, but the cross deserves special attention. Gil, who was outstanding throughout the game, was on-point with his left-footed service. The Revs will go as far as Gil will take them.
Michael Mancienne Concedes a Penalty
Minnesota equalized in the 26th minute when Darwin Quintero converted from the spot. The PK was given after the referee used video review to spot a Mancienne handball. This was concerning because Mancienne is supposed to be the veteran defender who avoids silly mistakes. Let’s not forget that the Englishman is the captain and has a hefty salary.
Brandon Bye’s Effort is Rewarded with a Goal
Bye scored the game-winning goal in the 62nd minute with a back-post finish. The opportunity presented itself when Jones found Bunbury in the box. The striker scuffed his shot, but Bye jumped on the rolling ball to score his second career goal. Friedel was certainly smiling after that one as Bye simply outworked his Minnesota defender. That’s the type of effort that the coach wants from his players.