As the 2019 MLS season approaches, New England Revolution fans look forward to the upcoming season with hope that the team will be able to return to the MLS playoffs. If they want to achieve this goal, they will need these four players to step up in big moments.
- Cristian Penilla-Penilla had quite an impressive 2018 MLS season. The Ecuadorian midfielder ended the year with 12 goals and seven assists, which put him first in goals and second in assists for the Revolution. Penilla’s performance helped him capture the JetBlue Team MVP award. Penilla displayed his soccer IQ throughout the season with his quickness and incredible footwork. His 2018 wasn’t flawless, however, as the midfielder was streaky. Can he find consistency in the new year? The Revs certainly hope so.
- Teal Bunbury-Bunbury had an excellent 2018 season, as he ended with eleven goals and four assists over his 32 appearances. Bunbury also led the Revolution in goals/90 minutes with a 0.39. He might not be a full-time starter in 2019, but Revs fans should look forward to Bunbury’s ability to shine when needed. A promising stat is that Bunbury scored five game-winning goals last year.
- Luis Caicedo-Caicedo is coming off a stellar 2018 season. Although he only collected one goal and four assists, Caicedo was all over the field defensively. Whether it be scoring a header from Andrew Farrell or heading away potential goals, Caicedo is always in the right place at the right time. The Revs now need to find that partner for him.
- Nicolas Firmino-Although Firmino is entering his rookie season with the Revolution, I’m predicting big things as he transitions from the academy to the main roster. Follow academy alum Isaac Angking looked promising in his limited minutes last year, which is an indicator that Friedel is willing to give young players a chance. While I’m excited to see what Angking does next year, I’m keeping a close eye on Firmino, who scord 35 goals in more than 90 appearances while with the academy.