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Revolution 1, Sporting KC 1: Three Thoughts from the Draw

Michael Gamble deserves a contract, and two other thoughts.

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The New England Revolution tied Sporting K.C. 1-1 on Saturday night. While the goals weren't as frequent as they were in the team's Desert Diamond Cup opener, there's still plenty to talk about. Let's take a look.

1. Michael Gamble and Jeb Brovsky will likely earn contracts. Drafting Gamble was a bit puzzling since the team already has a surplus of talented midfielders. The Wake Forest product has repaid the coaching staff's confidence by contributing smart and effective shifts. After scoring on Wednesday, Gamble had an assist on Saturday during a 45-minute scrimmage with FC Tucson. Gamble looks set to sign with the Revs, though he might ultimately spend time in Rochester.

Another trialist who has shown well is Brovsky. The 27-year-old veteran has been a steady presence at left back, providing disciplined defense and excellent crosses. The former NYC FC man would be good depth as both a left back and defensive midfielder.

2. That ball from Diego Fagundez was a thing of beauty. Teal Bunbury grabbed the equalizer against SKC in the 58th minute when he put his right-footed shot past goalkeeper Tim Melia. The man behind the tally was Fagundez, whose well-weighted pass split several defenders to put Bunbury into space. The 21-year-old midfielder was active throughout the night, but there's no question that the assist was his best moment. If Fagundez has more passes like that to offer during the regular season then fans should be excited.

3. Charlie Davies is as hungry as ever. It's hard to believe that Davies once endured a scoring drought that extended almost three years. That's now a distant memory as the New Hampshire native has solidified himself as a key cog for the Revolution and even lead the team with ten goals in 2015. It looks like the striker is primed for another good season as he's collected three goals this preseason. Although he didn't get on the score sheet on Saturday, it wasn't from a lack of trying. In fact, Davies nearly found the back of the net just before halftime, but a diving Melia was able to neutralize the threat. Juan Agudelo will continue to push for minutes, but it's going to be hard for him to displace a poacher like Davies.