The New England Revolution battled New York City FC to a scoreless draw on Saturday. Here are three thoughts from the game.
1. It was a good performance from the Revs. Let me start by recognizing that it was a game that could’ve gone either way as both sides had their chances. That said, the Revs offered an improved showing than what we’ve seen in recent weeks.
The team was better at keeping the ball and creating opportunities. Part of that is likely connected to the full week of rest. The tactical approach also deserves recognition as Lee Nguyen was steady and creative. Tajon Buchanan also put in a good shift, as he used well-timed runs to cause chaos on the flanks.
Was it perfect? No. But it’s better than recent outings.
2. The Revs need to be better in front of the goal. One aspect of the night that certainly wasn’t perfect was finishing. The Revs had 14 shots with seven on target. The home team could’ve grabbed a goal or two if players had been sharper.
This has been an ongoing issue for the Revs, who have scored ten goals this season. The team needs to do a better job of converting, even if they aren’t producing the best opportunities.
3. The Revs need more out of their high-paid players. Gustavo Bou started as the team’s lone striker, playing 90 lackluster minutes. The Designated Player had 67% passing accuracy (10/15) and three shots (one on target). In short, it was another quiet night from Bou.
But at least he played 90 minutes. TAM player Cristian Penilla came on at the 78th minute while Designated Player Adam Buksa entered in the 89th. Both players started on the bench due to a lack of recent production. This, of course, isn’t good. In MLS, you have to get the most out of your top-end players. If this isn’t happening, you’re unlikely to lift a trophy.