The Couch Captain
Matty Jollie's weekly series critiquing management from the blogger's couch.
If you were looking for a clean, well thought-out preseason column, you've wandered down the wrong rabbit hole. The Captain returns from a long hiatus with what can only be described as "a column full of rambling nonsense".
In front of the home fans for the first time since the Boston Marathon tragedy, the New England Revolution returned back to their attacking style of soccer and defeated Philadelphia for the first time in team history. Is it a sign of things to come?
In their first match without Kevin Alston, New England served up another clean sheet while overcoming one of MLS' most difficult places to play. The defense is top-class, but can the offense improve enough to keep the Revs moving up the table?
Another stellar defensive performance leads to the Revs' second clean sheet of the 2013 season, but without striker Jerry Bengtson the Revs struggle to find the scoresheet. Matty Jollie tries to offer up a few answers to the puzzle in this week's CC!
The team's biggest strength in 2012, the midfield looks like it could be even more talented and versatile heading into 2013. Will the additions of Cisse and Dorman, as well as another year of seasoning for Rowe and Fagundez, propel the Revs in 2013?
In 2012, Bobby Shuttleworth emerged as a solid #2 goalkeeper in MLS with a strong final month of the season. With Matt Reis returning for another year in 2013, does the depth chart stay the same? Or is it time to anoint a new #1 in New England?
In their season finale, the New England Revolution took all three points in Montreal through an 88th minute winner from A.J. Soares. Was the result just a consolation? Or a sign of better times ahead? Matty Jollie begins the search for an answer.
In their home finale, Jay Heaps and the short-handed Revs twirl a gem in defeating Chicago 1-0 on Saturday. With five players missing due to injury and Benny Feilhaber serving a suspension, it was some new blood providing the spark for the Revs.
For the first time in 10 matches, Matty Jollie breaks down a Revs victory in this week's Couch Captain. New faces in the lineup, as well as familiar faces in new places on the field, and we take a look at the home stretch.
The good thing about difficult, controversial weeks is that eventually they come to an end. Matty Jollie breaks down the loss to Sporting Kansas City, and takes a look ahead to where the Revs are headed after the most tumultuous week of 2012.