The New England Revolution had quite the game on Thursday. A 0-0 draw between the Philadelphia Union might seem boring but some things were learned. It’s fair to say we understand why the Revs brought in Matt Polster.
Polster came over from Rangers FC in the Scottish Premiership and that experience will be valuable in MLS. He brought the right energy in his debut match.
From the start, Polster was making an impact. You could tell he had just come over from Scotland because he was playing a physical game. Before the end of the first half he managed to get a yellow card.
It was impressive to see much ground Polster covered. He has the ability to help out Andrew Farrell and Henry Kessler while also joining the attack.
Polster seems to be a great addition to the midfield that will be lacking thanks to the absence of Carles Gil. He knows how to distribute the ball and showed that on Thursday. Polster had the most pass attempts of any player, completing 58 out of his 64 total passes.
Here’s Polster’s passing chart. He passed to Buttner most often (11 times) #NERevs pic.twitter.com/3itEFCaGG8— Seth (@SethMan31) August 21, 2020
That’s the type of distribution that New England needs to jumpstart the attack. New England had plenty of opportunities on Thursday, they just failed to finish. Polster did everything he could.
But there was one final thing that stood out. Polster’s post-game comments really left an impact and showed the determination and attitude he brings to the locker room. Polster wasn’t happy with the draw. He said that can’t be happening at home.
That’s the type of leadership that the team needs. Just getting points is not good enough, especially at home.
So it will be interesting to see what becomes of Polster in his first year with New England, but he is definitely off to a nice start.