FOXBORO — Nashville SC sat back in their normal formation away from home, using ten men behind the ball at all times. This one was a good one for Carles Gil to miss, because even with him the Revolution would not have been likely to score. Nashville’s fear of attacking made it easy for the Revs to grab a midweek point in horrible weather conditions, so it’s not a necessarily bad result, just simply a frustrating one for Bruce Arena and his squad.
All night long, there was no creativity on the pitch, and honestly not much of that blame can be put onto the Revolution. Nashville are known for their strategy, as they picked up their league leading tenth tie of the season. While they only have one loss, least in MLS, they also rarely win, making for a bang average team that will definitely find themselves in the playoffs.
The only real action to speak of was the two penalty claims for the Revs. Gustavo Bou appeared to be dragged down in the box by former Rev Jalil Anibaba. As it turns out, the referee went to VAR after an extremely long pause and ended up ruling the penalty out. Bou actually told the ref that it should not have been called, and he knew that it would be called back. But, New England had a better claim that somehow ended up in a Nashville SC free kick. Adam Buksa was caught in a sandwich of yellow shirts, and was doubly tackled to the floor in a style that would have worked in Bill Belichick’s Patriots training camp. It was ruled that Buksa committed the foul, though it was pretty clear he was the one knocked down. VAR would not check it.
So, not all is bad. A point solidifies the first place spot in MLS. NYCFC and Orlando City both took a point in their respective games as well. While the Revs have not yet gotten the best of Nashville, they don’t seem to be a team to be scared of, despite the 2-0 loss earlier in the season. It also seems that Carles Gil’s injury is not as serious as it may have seemed originally. This time it’ll be three days off before hosting the Philadelphia Union back at Gillette Stadium on Sunday at 6:00 PM EST.
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