When New England Revolution fans saw the starting XI there were some interesting changes that stood out. One of the biggest being that Tommy McNamara was playing on the right wing.
Ever since joining the Revs, fans have seen McNamara operate in the center of the field. With players such as Teal Bunbury and Ema Boateng left on the bench it was interesting to see McNamara get the start on the wing.
It’s safe to say that the decision from Bruce Arena paid off. The midfielder ended up scoring the game-winning goal for New England, ensuring that the Revs stayed on top of the Eastern Conference.
After the game, McNamara was asked about starting the game on the right wing.
He said, “I started as a right winger. That’s what was asked of me. I have no problem playing in an attacking midfield position wide or centrally. It’s what the coaches asked of me. I’m versatile. I can play in different spots and I’ll do whatever the team needs. I started there and then ultimately, when we made the [substitute] changes [in the second half], I moved back into the middle of midfield. Whatever the team needs, whatever the group needs, I’ll give it to them. I’ll give my best and I’ll give everything. I think the coaching staff and I think my teammates can know what they’re going to get from me, that I’m going to give my all to try to win games.”
McNamara couldn’t have picked a better time to score his first goal of the season. While NYCFC played a great game, it would have been disappointing to see New England only walk away with a point after giving up the lead twice.
The 30-year-old has been in and out of the starting XI but he showed his value on Saturday night. When the Revolution needed him he showed up.
With plenty of matches coming up it will be interesting to see how McNamara is used. Will Arena play it safe and give him some rest or will he ride the hot hand?
Tajon Buchanan is likely to return to the lineup on Wednesday and Wilfrid Kaptoum could replace Maciel who didn’t exactly have his best game. If Arena isn’t worried about running McNamara into the ground it wouldn’t be surprising to see the MLS veteran play next to Matt Polster in the midfield against the New York Red Bulls.
No matter where and when McNamara plays he makes the best of the opportunity given to him. At the end of the day, as long as New England is winning, Tommy Mac and Revolution fans will be happy.