Along with Revs II teammate Maciel, Jon Bell has made quite the impact in his first season with the first team.
Bell has appeared in eight games for the Revolution playing nearly 600 minutes. In that short period of time, he was able to secure the first goal and assist of his career and showed that he can hang with MLS caliber opponents.
Bell said that while he thinks he has had a good season, there is still room for improvement.
He said, “There’s still a lot of games left to be played and I know I’m going to be a part of that so for me I just got to go into each game with the right mentality to be the best player I can be on the field and help my team win.”
But Bell has been forced to spend some time on the sidelines with what was only described as a lower-body injury by the team. He has yet to appear in a game since injuring himself against Montreal on July 25th.
At training, Bell said while it sucks to be relegated to the sidelines after getting hurt, he is feeling good back out on the pitch.
While Bell has been solid in his performances at center back this season, there has been sometimes when he has made mistakes. Revolution fans will remember him over-committing in the club’s loss to FC Dallas and creating a goal-scoring opportunity for Dallas that they wouldn’t let go to waste.
During his first season on the first team, Bell told The Bent Musket that he has been able to rely on the entire back line for help.
The center back said, “Everyone helps each other. I think that’s why we have so much success. We hold everyone accountable. Even when we mess up, we lift each other up and let him know what you (made a) mistake on and how to fix it.”
With a flurry of games headed New England’s way, Bell said he thinks it would be a great opportunity to start alongside Henry Kessler and give Andrew Farrell a rest.
“Yeah, it would be good for us,” said Bell. “I think we have good chemistry off the field it’s definitely going to be good to see us on the field for the first time in an actual game rather than practice. So I’m excited for that to happen.”
Bell’s next opportunity to find his way back into the starting Xi will be on Wednesday night when New England faces off against D.C. United.