The New England Revolution once again faced off against the LA Galaxy in a preseason friendly on Wednesday. It’s safe to say that it was an interesting match.
After missing the first friendly, Luis Caicedo and Christian Mafla were both dressed but didn’t make an appearance for New England. Wilfrid Kaptoum unfortunately did not dress for the occasion once again.
The starting XI looked a lot different compared to the first friendly.
1 - Teal Bunbury shows his experience
One of the stars of Wednesday night had to be Teal Bunbury. He imposed his will in the first 45 minutes of the game.
Now some might discount Bunbury’s performance due to the level of play that he was up against. The Galaxy definitely played a much younger team, but you can only play the team that is out in front of you.
Bunbury’s quality pressing set the ball on a platter for Adam Buksa’s opening goal. Then Bunbury found himself in the right position and powered a header into the net for the second goal of the game.
It will be interesting to see the role that Bunbury plays on this 2021 Revolution squad. With the acquisition of Arnor Traustason, it seems like Bunbury could be coming off the bench more often than not if the Icelandic player ends up playing on the wing.
But on Wednesday Bunbury showed what he brings to the table and had a quality performance.
2 - Revs finish their chances
After not scoring in the first friendly, New England had a point to prove on Wednesday. They needed to show that they could finish their chances.
The Revs got off to a great start scoring two goals in the first half, but the second half showed how dominant the team could be with more of the starters on the field.
New England was lethal on the attack. Both of the goals that they scored were beautiful plays. DeJuan Jones, Gustavo Bou, and Tommy McNamara connected for a beautiful third goal while Bou ended up slotting home the fourth goal.
The Revs did a great job of creating chances and showed that scoring likely shouldn’t be a problem like it was in 2020.
3 - DeJuan Jones won the night
The player who impressed the most on Wednesday night had to be DeJuan Jones. He had a superb night and looked great on the pitch.
Of course the pace of Jones stands out, but he made some amazing passes on the night. Specifically on the third goal Jones was an integral part of the play with a great run and pass.
Jones also did a quality job defending with a backline that looked much stronger than the group that played in the first half.
Overall Wednesday was a much better night for Revs fans.