The New England Revolution had a terrible afternoon as they were unable to defeat Nashville SC. New England faced off against a Nashville side who entered the game with a record of 0-0-3.
There weren’t a lot of changes to the starting XI with the only differences being that Tajon Buchanan started at right back and Gustavo Bou was up top alongside Adam Buksa in a 4-4-2 formation.
So here are the three things that Revolution fans need to know about Saturday’s game.
1 - Nashville on the attack
Revolution fans are used to seeing Nashville park the bus and hope that they can walk away with a draw or possibly steal three points. On Saturday, Nashville came out on the attack and were successful.
New England struggled in the first half and eventually it led to Nashville grabbing the lead.
The Revs just looked completely out of sync. Nashville controlled the game for the first 45 minutes and had their foot on the gas pedal. It was a quality performance and they deserve all the credit.
2 - Gustavo Bou a no show
After missing the Atlanta United game with a knock, Gustavo Bou made his return to the pitch. Sadly it wasn’t a great performance.
In the first half, Bou made zero impact. He only completed 78% of his passes and lost possession the most out of any player in the match (3 times).
The Revolution need more from Bou. He needs to create some quality scoring chances and even more importantly score goals. It’s why he was acquired by New England.
If Bou continues to struggle, Bruce Arena will need to figure out where he fits on this squad and maybe even using Bou off the bench. Hopefully he will look better in the club’s next matchup on Wednesday.
3 - Way too many turnovers
It also didn’t help that New England played an extremely sloppy game. They simply turned over the ball too many times.
Even when the Revs weren’t under pressure, they still struggled to pass the ball. It was a poor effort especially after a promising win over Atlanta United.
The Revolution struggled to get anything going in the final third and part of the reason is because of the sloppy play all over the field. It’s hard to create chances when you are struggling to get the ball to your own players.
New England doesn’t have a lot of time to think about the loss. The Revs face off against a talented club in the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday evening.