The New England Revolution got a chance to show that they are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. It’s safe to say that they took advantage of that opportunity.
The starting XI featured a few changes with Gustavo Bou up top replacing Adam Buksa along with Teal Bunbury playing on the right side with Brandon Bye returning to right back. Also, Jon Bell got his second straight start lining up alongside Andrew Farrell.
So what do Revolution fans need to know about Sunday’s win? Here are three thoughts.
1 - Maciel continues to look calm
There is no doubt that one of the biggest surprises for New England has to the emergence of Maciel. He has started every game that he has been available for the Revs this season.
On the ball, Brazilian continues to show his poise and ability to make the right play. He continues to be a superb passer completing over 90% of his passes against the Crew. The midfielder also had 27 touches in the first half.
Also we saw the 21-year-old continue to do well in tracking back and playing quality defense. He has done everything that Bruce Arena has asked of him.
Maciel has continued to show that he belongs in the starting XI. As long as he continues to stay healthy, there is no reason to put him on the bench.
2 - Gustavo Bou came to play
After coming off the bench for New England, Gustavo Bou got the start against the Crew. He took the opportunity that he got and did quite well.
What stood out was Bou’s effort on defense. He looked much better and seemed to be working much harder than we have seen him in prior games.
On the attack, Bou continued to have great chemistry with Carles Gil. The duo has seemed to ever since they started playing together. Gil and Bou combined on some quality plays that almost resulted in a goal.
Against Columbus, Bou had 22 touches and a shot on net. While he was unable to get a goal it was a performance that should have Revolution fans excited.
Overall it was a solid performance for the striker who was in need of a good performance. Hopefully he will be able to build off that momentum.
3 - Adam Buksa gets his goal
Adam Buksa didn’t get the start, but he made a huge impact on the game. He scored the lone goal of the evening which gave New England the victory.
Brandon Bye served up a quality ball to the Polish striker, and Buksa used his ability to get his second goal of the season.
With Bou looking better and Buksa getting on the stat sheet, it wouldn’t be surprising to see New England trot out in a 4-4-2 next game.
There is no doubt that Buksa’s confidence has increased after scoring against the Crew. Hopefully this will be just the beginning for the striker this season.
Revolution fans should be pleased with the team’s performance on Sunday. They are at the top of the Eastern Conference Finals and defeated the reigning champions. It doesn’t get much better than that.