One of the defining factors of the 2021 New England Revolution has to be the depth that the squad possesses.
The Revs have become used to missing players such as Matt Turner and Carles Gil. Injuries have been common place and players have been rewarded for their good play with international call ups.
During this international window, New England will be without Turner, Tajon Buchanan, and Adam Buksa who are with their national teams for World Cup Qualifiers. The status of Carles Gil and Brandon Bye is still up in the air as well as they rehab injuries even though they have participated in training this week.
One of the players who will need to step up is Brad Knighton. He will likely be tasked with replacing Turner while he is with the United States Men’s National Team. The veteran goalkeeper believes that he and his teammates are ready for the challenge.
“The games mean more toward the later part of the season,” said Knighton. “Hopefully that’s good for guys that are stepping in in moments and are going to have to figure a way to get themselves motivated to move forward. The playoffs are right around the corner and you’re going to be thrown into moments like that like they have been throughout the season. If they can get their feet under them right now in a regular season game when they can, and make the most of it, that’ll lend Bruce’s hand to saying, ‘hey look I can rely on a guy later down the road and in a playoff position, in a playoff game and hopefully make the most of it there as well.’”
While the players mentioned above have been key parts, Matt Polster has been one of the unsung heroes for New England. He has been a pillar in the midfield that Bruce Arena has been able to rely on.
Polster was asked about the club showing off their depth when speaking to the media in the middle of the week.
“I think we have shown our depth,” said Polster. “I think there was already a moment where two, maybe three other guys were already gone and we’ve come up as a group and taken three points in a lot of those games. Even when Carles [Gil] was out for an extended period of time, the guys have rallied together to keep that streak kind of going and push ourselves even further. I think everybody wants to be a part of this group, wants to play. We have a very competitive group in each position. We have depth and I think we’ve shown that over the course of the season so far.”
New England will once again show off their depth against the Philadelphia Union on Friday night when they look to continue to win without some of their stars.