The New England Revolution collapsed on two different occasions last week, leaving fans frustrated and angry. It’s virtually impossible to choke just as hard as the Revs did against Pumas and Real Salt Lake, especially in two consecutive games.
That being said, after everyone had some time to cool off, it’s time to move forward. What exactly do these rough losses mean for the club going forward?
New England will need to come out firing on all cylinders against Charlotte FC to win their fans trust back. From a tactical perspective, Bruce Arena continues to make the same mistakes. Once ahead, he has his team sit back and absorb pressure, crosses, and chances. Last season, the Revs won pretty much every game by a single goal, they were never a team that was able to fully put opponents away.
With a less trustworthy defense, while missing Henry Kessler, the true colors of the strategy are showing through. The logic is simply strange, as the odds of losing a game by three goals when just playing normally are extremely low. Seattle Sounders proved that in their 1-1 draw in Mexico to advance to the CCL semis.
It was also clear during the off-season that this roster had some holes, and it remains apparent. The signing of Omar Gonzalez becomes more questionable with each defensive mistake, and Sebastian Lletget seems unable to move the ball forward at times. Plus, his absolute skyrocket of a penalty kick definitely diminishes his Revs reputation in the early goings. Adam Buksa and Gustavo Bou have not figured it out at all yet, and have no connection at the moment. Even Carles Gil is struggling to get anything going at all.
It’s practically a unanimous decision that DeJuan Jones has been the most important and highest quality player in the 2022 campaign.
New England has to come out with energy they’ve never shown ever before in Saturday’s match against Charlotte FC. The start of games has been stagnant and uninteresting, it’s something they must change.
A quick start is one of the most critical aspects of the sport, and it’s something the Revolution have never exactly been good at. They will begin their attempt at a revenge tour in Charlotte, at Bank of America Stadium, with kickoff set at 7:00 p.m. ET. .