The New England Revolution earned a 1-0 win over D.C. United on Saturday. My colleague Sam Minton provided three thoughts after the final whistle and I have three more for you. Let’s take a look.
1. Revs find success in wide areas
D.C. United’s passing chart from last night’s game highlights that the visitors played narrow. The Revs were able to exploit this by using their wide players.
Take a look at last night's passing charts. DCU (first chart) played narrow, which allowed the #NERevs (second chart) to attack the wide areas.— Seth (@SethMan31) August 14, 2022
Bye (one assist) created four chances, Jones created five, Boateng created three, and Rivera created one. pic.twitter.com/nDNh6w2VEv
The Revolution’s outside backs were the primary beneficiaries in this game as Brandon Bye created four chances, including the game-winning assist for Carles Gil. DeJuan Jones also had a good night, creating five chances. Ema Boateng, who operated both inside and outside, had three chances.
2. The team has balance
Earlier this year, the Revs were playing a 4-4-2 that had players frequently bombing into the final third. It’s a tactic that helped propel the Revolution to their first-ever Supporters’ Shield. It’s also a tactic that required a lot from Matt Polster. Operating as the midfield anchor, Polster was often overwhelmed in the middle.
The Revs later switched to playing with two defensive midfielders. This helps protect the backline and provides coverage for Bye and Jones when they go forward. This also limits how often the team is relying on emergency defending.
This tactical switch happened a while ago, but I’m mentioning it now because the Revs have now gone 371 minutes without conceding a goal. The main question is, what does this team look like when Giacomo Vrioni, Gustavo Bou, and Dylan Borrero are all healthy?
The #NERevs have now gone 371 minutes without conceding a goal, the third-longest streak in club history.— Dan Shulman (@DanielRShulman) August 14, 2022
2013 - 420'
2005 - 384'
2022 - 371'
3. A lot of players deserve shoutouts
The Revs were certainly undermanned last night as Vrioni, Bou, Borrero, Polster, and Maciel were all unavailable. That said, the team played for each other to earn three important points. Let’s highlight some players.
First, let’s continue to recognize how good Petrovic is. He’s allowed 11 goals in 11 games and just became the first Revs goalkeeper to collect four consecutive clean sheets since Bobby Shuttleworth in 2013. He doesn’t just preserve points, he gets the Revs points.
This is unreal #nerevs pic.twitter.com/Yq4SdCeSY0— Seth (@SethMan31) August 13, 2022
Tommy McNamara deserves some recognition for his pass that ultimately led to the game-winning goal. McNamara had two assist in last weekend’s win over Orlando City SC.
McNamara has been so good recently. Great ball. #nerevs pic.twitter.com/wjuTOZGUHS— Seth (@SethMan31) August 13, 2022
Noel Buck was excellent in his Revolution first-team debut. The 17-year-old made a nice run that almost led to a goal. He later hit a picturesque pass that led to a dangerous opportunity.
Noel Buck is having himself a day. Look at this pass #NERevs pic.twitter.com/39PXd33kvS— Seth (@SethMan31) August 14, 2022
Finally, Andrew Farrell put in another good performance. One thing that’s underrated about the 30-year-old is his ability to pick out a long pass (see below). Farrell’s experience could be essential next week as Frank Dell’Apa of the Boston Globe is reporting that Henry Kessler, who was also quite good, could miss out on the trip to Canada due to vaccination issues.
Farrell’s ability to play the long ball isn’t talked about enough. Good stuff from him and Ema. #nerevs pic.twitter.com/Mdn7dDCOkq— Seth (@SethMan31) August 13, 2022