The New England Revolution will look to get their first win of the 2021 season on Saturday and having Arnór Traustason at their disposal is sure to help out.
After arriving in the United States, Traustason was forced to quarantine for 7 days before training with the first team. This ensured that he would miss New England’s first game of the season.
But now Traustason is finally practicing with his new teammates and is available for selection for the home opener this Saturday.
After New England’s difficult start to the season against the Chicago Fire, adding Traustason to the lineup would add some major help. In over 100 appearances at Malmö FF, Traustason tallied 17 goals and 20 assists. This also includes 34 matches between the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.
On Tuesday, the 27-year-old spoke to the media for the first time since joining New England and revealed where he feels strongest on the field.
He said, “We talked about it, not like one-on-one, but we talked about it over the phone and I see myself like on the left side coming in,” Traustason said when asked if he has talked with Bruce Arena about where he will play on the field. “I can play on the right, I can play behind the striker or whatever, but my strongest side was, I would say is the left side but like I said, I can play it wherever.”
Going off of the formation and starting XI from the first game, Traustason seems primed to take Tajon Buchanan’s spot on the left side. Buchanan struggled in this position and was later forced to swap positions with Carles Gil.
Buchanan could stay in the starting XI with DeJuan Jones currently being suspended due to his red card towards the end of the D.C. United game. Revolution fans could see Buchanan return to playing right back.
New England’s home opener is itching closer and fans could very well get their first look at their newest signing. Hopefully Traustason will be able to help his new team get their first win of the 2021 season.