One of the bright spots for the New England Revolution has been Matt Turner. He has kept the team alive but there was nothing he could do on Wednesday night. The Revs were overpowered by NYCFC upsetting many including Turner.
Once again New England struggled in the attacking third. They failed to convert on any chances they created. It’s hard to win games or even draw if you are failing to score any goals. When you have 15 shots you need to get more than three on target.
But what the scoreline won’t show you is how lost the Revs were. They were completely dominated by NYCFC. New York finished the night with a 59-41 percent possession advantage over New England.
Multiple times in the postgame press conference, Arena spoke about how well New York played and that they were the toughest team New England has had to face so far.
Still, Turner once again made some great saves. Whether it was early in the game when the Revs had a chance, or when New England was down two goals, Turner showed why he earned some call ups to the USMNT last year.
All together Turner is having a great season. He tallied four saves on Wednesday night and that has him tied for sixth in MLS with 24 saves on the season. Turner is not just having great games, he is having a great season.
Despite another solid performance from Turner, the Revs lost against NYCFC. You could definitely say that Turner wasn’t pleased with the team’s performance on Wednesday night.
“I think it’s just frustration all around. Tonight, nobody did their job – we didn’t score any goals and we conceded two goals. So frustration all around, we were physically just dominated all night. We didn’t win any of our individual battles on the field and a better team came in and just walked all over us on our home turf.”
Now things are different this season with there being no fans, but as Turner mentioned you can’t play that poorly at home. The Fort might not be rocking but they should play like it is.
Turner acknowledged that playing without fans can have an effect on the game, but also he said that everyone is on a level playing field.
“Obviously I always say soccer is nothing without the fans, they’re the lifeblood of the sport. They’re the reason I got into soccer in the first place was just the passion that soccer supporters show. But at the same time, it’s the same for both teams so if we’re going to use that as an excuse as to why we can’t go out there and at least put in a physical effort. I mean we were out of the game and we rarely say that at the end of games. We didn’t have any chances, we were down 2-0 and they were passing the ball around all over us. I was a little embarrassed to be honest. So it didn’t seem to affect them so why should it really affect us.”
Turner wasn’t the only one that was embarrassed. New England Revolution fans were embarrassed after how poor of a performance the team had.
There have been some transfer rumors surrounding Turner. Former Rev, Charlie Davies predicted that Turner will move to Europe within the next six months. Bruce Arena also seems willing to sell Turner as well.
If the Revs continue to play this poorly while Turner plays so well, it wouldn’t be that stunning to see him leave. Still that would leave the fanbase feeling like they were punched in the stomach.
The New England Revolution need to start playing better because Matt Turner’s performance so far this season is going to waste. As frustrating as it is for the fans, it must be even more frustrating for Turner.