New England Revolution fans haven't seen Ema Boateng in the 2021 regular season, but that changed on Wednesday night.
With the Revs looking to make a comeback after a beautiful free kick goal from Carles Gil, Boateng came on for Teal Bunbury to get his first minutes this season.
It was an interesting change with Boateng playing left back while DeJuan Jones moved to the right side of the field and was operating in the midfield. It’s safe to say that the move paid off.
When Boateng came on he brought energy and pace into the game. Just over 10 minutes later he would go on to grab his first assist in a Revolution uniform setting up Adam Buksa for his fifth goal of the season.
After the game Boateng was asked about his performance on Wednesday night.
The 27-year-old said, “I thought I did well. A few times where I thought I could have been better, just a cross that I thought I gave the defense a little bit of a chance to kind of cut it out. I thought I did pretty well just connecting with the guys, working back defensively, and helping break counter attacks. Still a lot of work to be done. First minutes, so a little bit winded getting out there, but just going to keep working and wait for the next opportunity to help again.”
Especially considering it was his first minutes of the season, Boateng did a great job. His teammate and the captain of the Revolution agreed.
Gil said, “[Emmanuel Boateng] had a big performance. He’s a good teammate because, like you said, he didn’t have any minutes until today. He tries every day to train hard to try to play. And I’m sure that he will have more minutes, him and other players, because they train very good.”
Seeing that Boateng played left back was quite interesting. It’s not a position that MLS fans are used to seeing him play as he’s more of a left winger. Still Boateng is just happy to be on the field and enjoyed playing left back.
Boateng said, “Yeah, especially left back. Our [outside] backs don’t sit back. We attack a lot, help in the attack. Just bust my butt, come back, defend, and help out in the offense, too – when I was trailing or leading ahead and try to help. It’s a position that I enjoy playing, too, so as long as I can get on the field I’ll take it.”
With how well Boateng performed, Revolution fans will be hoping to see him on the field more often. The 27 year olds next opportunity is more than a week away when New England takes on Atlanta United on July 17th.