2018 is in the books and while it wasn’t a banner year for the New England Revolution, there were some good moments. What was the best moment? Here’s what our staff said:
Seth: The first two months of the season
The Revs looked dangerous in the opening months as they overwhelmed their opponents with their relentless pressing. The players were fully dedicated to the system put in place by their new coach. It was enough to get me to think that 2018 could end up being the year that the Revs returned to the playoffs.
Then things fell apart. Opponents figured out how to play around the press and the Revs didn’t have much of a plan B. The Revolution didn’t play attractive soccer in 2018 but the success seen in the first two months of the season was enough to make me think that wouldn’t matter.
Sean: Acquiring Cristian Penilla on loan and later making the loan move permanent.
In 2018, Revs fans saw a different team than in years past with Brad Friedel’s first season in charge. The Revs looked much better in the attack and press to begin the season but ultimately weren’t good enough to keep it going for the duration of the season. A big reason as to why the Revs attack started so well was the addition of Penilla, a pacy winger who loved to dribble at opponents.
Penilla, the Ecuadorian winger, led the Revs in goals scored with 12, while also adding 7 assists. On loan from Pachuca, a Liga MX club, it showed reasons for Revs fans to be optimistic about the future that our scouting department is improving. Hopefully, the Revs continue to look for hidden gems throughout North and South America that can make an impact on this Revs squad to hopefully make the playoffs as soon as possible.
Josh: Chris Tierney’s game winning goal on opening day at Gillette.
It was exciting to see the Revolution’s 2018 campaign start on a high note as Tierney scored in the final minutes of stoppage time against the Rapids. The moment gave us a sense of optimism while also reminding us how good Tierney’s left foot is.
What was your favorite moment of 2018? Let us know in the comments section below.