The New England Revolution are preparing for the 2020 season, which means it’s time for some bold predictions. Here’s what I’m forecasting:
- The Revs will make the playoffs. I fully admit that this prediction isn’t that bold because the team has only gotten better since squeaking into the post-season last year. That said, nothing is certain in MLS. The Revs had an active off-season, grabbing a DP No. 9 while also adding two solid options at left back. Still, the team is thin at center back and there are questions regarding who will play center mid. I, like many others, have faith that Bruce Arena will figure things out and guide the Revs to a second consecutive playoff appearance. Who knows what will happen from there?
- Kelyn Rowe will be a starter, perhaps in game one. I’ve never been a big fan of Rowe, but I think Bruce Arena has big plans for him. In fact, there’s a chance that Rowe is the day one starter in the center of the park, playing in front of Wilfried Zahibo or Luis Caicedo. Looking back at last year, Arena regularly paired his defensive midfielder with a steady passer (see Juan Agudelo, Diego Fagundez, or Scott Caldwell). Rowe could be that guy, especially since he’s a pretty capable defender. If he doesn’t play in the middle, there’s a chance that he occupies the left. He could cut in while Alexander Buttner or Seth Sinovic overlaps.
- Something big will happen in the Summer Transfer Window. The rejection of Samba Camara’s P-1 visa has opened the door for a big mid-year move. The obvious option would be to bring in a center back, but the team could look to solidify their options at center mid. Another possibility is trading a stalwart like Diego Fagundez. No matter what, I’m expecting some summertime news as Arena looks to add another trophy to his case.