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Henry Kessler’s rookie season deserves praise

The New England Revolution have had an interesting season so far in 2020, but one of their bright spots has been rookie center back, Henry Kessler.

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The New England Revolution currently sit seventh in the Eastern Conference. So far 2020 has been an interesting season, but one of the definite highlights has been watching Henry Kessler play.

Kessler came highly touted out of Virginia. He played in over 50 games in his college career and helped lead a historically talented backline. Kessler was selected sixth overall by the Revs in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.

Quickly, Kessler showed why New England started him. In his first two games, he played rather well. He made key tackles and showed some confidence and poise on the pitch. Down in Orlando, Kessler didn’t get the same starting opportunities but continued his quality form.

But with his recent play, Kessler is gaining respect from the rest of the league. With his performance against the Philadelphia Union on August 20th, Kessler earned his first appearance on MLS’s Team of the Week. In the same game Kessler was named as the Revs’ Man of the Match.

One play in particular highlighted the talent that Kessler possesses. In started when veteran Brazilian striker Ilsinho entered the game as a sub. He is known for his super-sub ability.

Ilsinho can also make defenders look silly with some silky smooth moves. Kessler was not about to let that happen to him. With the Union on the counterattack, Kessler showed his patience and made a great play to stop the attack right in its tracks.

If Kessler continues to play at this level the revolution could be successful and Kessler could take some hardware home at the end of the season.