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Revolution 1 - Columbus Crew 1: 3 thoughts

New England wasn’t able to top a weakened Crew on Saturday night

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at New England Revolution Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

It was a beautiful day at Gillette Stadium as New England celebrated club legend Andrew Farrell but the Revs were unable to secure three points.

Coming off a 2-1 win over NYCFC, the Revs looked to make this their third straight win. With Columbus in 10th place and dealing with some injuries, New England had the perfect opportunity to add to its win tally.

It was interesting to see how New England would line up as the Revs have a mid-week matchup against the Chicago Fire on Wednesday.

But Bruce Arena brought out the big guns against an injury-riddled Crew squad.

New England’s 3 DP’s returned to the lineup while Maciel and Ema Boateng were absent on the evening.

So what do you need to know about New England’s draw on Saturday? Here are three thoughts.

1 - Club Legend

Andrew Farrell was honored tonight so it makes sense to start with him. Especially seeing that he led the Revs out of the locker room and wore the captain’s armband.

What has stood out as of late is his ball distribution. His ability to send long balls up the field has been superb and helped start some attacks for New England. A testament to his great passing was the fact that he completed all 33 of his passes in the first half.

Farrell also continued to be a pillar of the backline. He has been the iron horse for New England this year.

He can scare some fans with the occasional acrobatic clearance but it was nice to see Farrell get honored by his club.

2 - Tajon is feeling himself

It’s clear that Tajon Buchanan is realizing just how well he is playing. That post-transfer announcement confidence is dripping off him on the field.

Buchanan continued to put opponents on the proverbial poster. Whether it be nutmegging an opponent or pulling out FIFA video game moves, it’s been amazing to watch Buchanan play.

It’s amazing to see just how well Buchanan is playing. He has quickly emerged as one of the best young players in North America.

Revolution fans should enjoy watching him play before he heads to Belgium.

3 - Many missed chances

The Story of the night for the New England Revolution is that they had too many missed chances.

The Revs had over 20 shots but were only able to get a handful on target. When you combine this with an Expected goals (xG) over two and double-digit corners, it’s clear that New England should have won this game.

With a mid-week match against the Chicago Fire, New England doesn’t have a ton of time to dwell on the draw. Hopefully on Wednesday, they will be able to get back to their winning ways.