Arnór Traustason was unable to get on the scoreboard but had a solid performance in New England’s 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union on Thursday night. Still, the 28-year-old wasn’t pleased with his performance.
Traustason played 79 minutes, completed 86% of his passes, and had 40 touches on the night. It was a quality performance for a player that has yet to play a full 90 minutes for his new club.
But Traustason did have a chance to get on the scoresheet. In the 63rd minute, the Icelandic attacker was one-on-one with a Philly defender and tried to curl a shot past Andre Blake.
It would have been a very impressive goal. The fact that Traustason nearly scored shows just how skilled he is.
But close isn’t good enough for Traustason. After the game, he expressed his disappointment with his inability to score on that chance.
He said, “I’m okay with my performance. Just quite angry with myself with not being able to put that goal in the far corner. It was bad. I’m a bit angry with myself, Other than that, it was okay.”
It seems as though Traustason realizes that he needs to be better. A player of his caliber needs to be making an impact on the stat sheet. That’s why New England acquired him.
But it only has been four games. It’s not time to declare Traustason a bust based on such a small sample size. He’s still getting used to playing in MLS and building chemistry with his teammates.
It seems like the attacker has the right mindset to be successful with the Revs. He wants to score goals and truly make an impact for New England.
Traustason will possibly get another chance to tally his first goal in New England as the Revolution welcome the Columbus
Crew SC to Gillette Stadium on Sunday evening in what is bound to be an exciting matchup.