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Ema Boateng continues to excel in his first start of 2021

In his first start of the season, Boateng showed why he has become a fan favorite

SOCCER: AUG 21 MLS - FC Cincinnati at New England Revolution Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Ema Boateng hasn’t received a ton of playing this season but he definitely has made the most of it.

After bagging two assists in three total appearances off the bench, Boateng got his first start in a New England Revolution uniform. While he didn’t play 90 minutes, he definitely made the most out of his opportunity.

The 27-year-old had a goal and an assist on the night while completing 80 percent of his passes and 31 touches.

Words don’t do Boateng’s pace justice. He absolutely blows by defenders and is able to create some quality chances for New England. Boateng is also skilled at distributing the ball and has been a great weapon for Bruce Arena to utilize.

After the match, the Head Coach was asked about Boateng’s performance in his first start.

“I think he did well,” said Arena. “Obviously, a really nice goal and worked pretty hard. We knew he would hit the wall a little bit physically at some point, so that’s why he got 60 minutes. But overall, it was a good effort on his part.”

Boateng tallied his assist on Adam Buksa’s first goal of the game and it’s safe to say that the Polish striker approves of his crossing ability.

“I think he performed very well,” Buksa said. “He scored a goal, he gave an assist. He’s proving that he [can perform] and can help the team with his passes, with his ability to get into the box and finish off the crosses from the right side. He did that tonight. So that was a very, very good performance.”

With how well Boateng has performed, it will be really hard to take him out of the starting XI. He has shown that he deserves more playing time with how much of an impact he makes every time that he steps on the field.

Boateng has been an unsung hero and a testament to the Revs depth. If he keeps playing like this, it will be tough for any team to beat New England.