Traustason played 57 minutes on the Yankee Stadium pitch racking up 22 touches and completing 75 percent of his passes. It wasn’t his best performance since joining New England.
Now this was the Icelandic midfielder’s first time playing in the awful field in the Bronx. New England was also without Carles Gil and Tajon Buchanan with Gustavo Bou starting the match on the bench.
After the match, Traustason was asked by Frank Dell’Apa of the Boston Globe about playing in Yankee Stadium and the 28-year-old didn’t want to use any excuses.
“I mean, there’s no excuses, really, for the performance we had today, so we cannot have the field as an excuse,” said Traustason. “We cannot have an excuse that we missed some players. So, no, not really. It was just bad.”
Bruce Arena himself said that it’s hard to take a lot out of the match. The odds were stacked against the Revs and NYCFC is a good club.
The midfielder also stressed that the Revs need to improve fast if they want to be a championship-caliber club.
“I mean, we got outplayed in every situation,” Traustason said. “Obviously, we need to step up our game. We need to learn from this, because this is not okay. We have to sit down and we have to go over this game and learn, and quick.”
Traustason hasn’t lived up to expectations for New England. The Icelander was supposed to be an impact player for the Revs but in 21 appearances and 16 starts for the Revs, He has two goals and five assists.
While that might seem good, Traustason has been too inconsistent. He has done all his scoring in bunches.
The 28-year-old further emphasized just how poorly New England played later in the post game press conference.
“Like I said before, there’s no excuse that we are missing players or the field,” he said. “So it was a bad, bad performance and we need to learn from this, and ASAP. Like I said before, they just outplayed us in every situation. We had no answers, really.”
With Tajon Buchanan participating in World Cup Qualifiers and Carles Gil remaining to be sidelined, Traustason will likely get another chance to make an impact when the Revs face the Philadelphia Union on Friday.