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Four Thoughts on New England’s Draw with Chicago

Rookie defender Henry Kessler continues to impress while the Revs finishing again fails to bail the team out late.

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Kessler Shines Bright Again

After making his Major League Soccer debut last Saturday against Montreal, rookie Henry Kessler looked to put on a defensive display in the Revs home opener.

Just like he has done in the preseason and in Montreal, Kessler again showed his defensive prowess. Finishing the game with 7 clearances, 3 tackles, 22 passes, Kessler has not only made a case for staying on the Revs back line but has also entered his name into the ring for 2020 rookie of the year.

After two impressive outings, Kessler will look to strive against Portland’s offense as the reigning MLS Cup champions pay a visit to Foxboro on March 15th.

Finding Finishes

Over the past two league matches, the Revs have struggled to finish on created chances.

Whether it be Buchanan’s missed header against Montreal, or Rennicks shot over the bar against Chicago, or any other miss so far this season, the Revs gave been inconsistent on finishing. The lack on finishing on shots this season has cost the Revs 3 points.

Now 3 points isn’t much now, but those 3, or more, points can be crucial for the Revs come October. I honestly feel with the return of Carles Gil, the Revs offense will become more concise and will start to improve on their finishes.

Midfield Matchup

To be honest, I was skeptical seeing both Diego Fagundez and Wilfried Zahibo starting at the midfield. I personally thought they are better on offense rather than defense. Yet this dynamic duo performed well on both ends.

With a total of 4 shots and 3 goals suffered, Fagundez and Zahibo were able to have an impact on the offense. The duo were also able to show their defensive sides as well as they were able to get in and break up multiple offensive attacks from Chicago.

While the midfield is up in the air with the absence of Carles Gil, both Zahibo and Fagundez were able to step up when called upon.

Buksa Beginnings

Polish DP Adam Buksa opened his Revolution and MLS account with a beautiful touch after receiving Brandon Bye cross from outside the box.

After failing to connect during the Revs 2020 opener against Montreal, Buksa looked to turn the tides as he walked on to the pitch at Gillette Stadium, and turn the tides he did. Along with the games lone goal, Buksa added 2 key passes and 2 tackles on the day.

As Buksa looks to adjust to the MLS, expect the chemistry between him and the rest of the team to build as well. Once in synch, Buksa and the rest of the offense will start producing and have a big impact on the game.