The New England Revolution tied Nashville SC 0-0 on Saturday night. Here are three thoughts from the game.
1. It was a typical Revs outing. The Revolution held possession and created chances but struggled in front of the net. This has been the norm in recent weeks. Sure, they put up three against the Montreal Impact, but that team is in disarray. The Revs scored two against D.C. United, but both came late in a game that looked destined for 0-0.
On Saturday, the Revs had some good ball movement but couldn’t find the final touch. Goalkeeper Joe Willis deserves some recognition because he made some solid saves. Regardless, the Revs should’ve done better in securing three points.
2. Nashville played for the tie. The visitors had no intention of playing free-flowing soccer as they regularly put bodies behind the ball. If they were to get a goal, it was going to happen via a set piece and it almost did.
Nashville ended the night with three shots (one on goal). Their expected goals was .12. Those stats tell you everything you need to know about Nashville’s strategy. That said, I can’t really blame them because the team lacked a true striker.
3. Tajon Buchanan continues to impress. The second-year player was excellent against Nashville, recording seven shots (3 on target). He also was fouled a career-high five times, highlighting how dynamic he is as a player.
Always known as a crafty and speedy dribbler, Buchanan has improved in terms of his passing, shooting, and timing of runs. Revs fans will hope that this development continues.