Despite an early lead and a brace from Carles Gil, the Revs dropped a disappointing 3-2 decision on the road to Toronto FC and are still searching for their first victory in 2019.
MLSsoccer.com writer and New England Soccer Journal web editor Jonathan Sigal returns to help us break it down and then we hook up with the guys from the Cincinnati Soccer Talk podcast to preview the Orange and Blue’s visit to Foxborough on Sunday.
Conversation with the Rookies
In this bonus episode, Ray and Jon sit down with Revs first-year players Tajon Buchanan, Nicolas Firmino, DeJuan Jones, and Justin Rennicks. This rookie class provides some great insight into their respective journeys to MLS from both the homegrown and superdraft perspectives.
The Revs fell 2-0 to Columbus in a disappointing home opener Saturday as head Coach Brad Friedel made a mid-game decision to shuffle the line-up, making way for first-year home grown Justin Rennicks and eventually Tajon Buchannon to make their MLS debuts.
Forward Gyasi Zardes netted both goals for Crew SC. His first came in the 26th minute off a pretty cross from Pedro Santos, which was aptly headed home. Zardes connected again in stoppage time with the Revs caught off guard from pushing high in an effort to equalize.
The Revs had a shot to pull even in the 57th minute when Wilfried Zahibo drew a penalty inside the box, but Diego Fagundez's couldn’t capitalize on the penalty and the Revs dropped to 0-1-1 in the early campaign.
Is is too early to worry over New England’s lack of offensive production? We talk about it with Sean Sweeney, from The Boston Sports Journal and introduce Carolina Tavares, new Revs correspondent from Prost America. Then talk with old pay Tej Sahota, of Waking the Red, to preview the Revs at Toronto FC this weekend.
After a shaky start in which they trailed early, the New England Revolution were able to come from behind and earn what could be a very important point.
This week, the boys bring in Kyle McCarthy, from the New England Soccer Journal, to unpack the Revs draw at FC Dallas. We talk up the debut appearance and goal from Carles Gil, get into the ongoing competition for goalkeeper, and see if the Revs have done enough to shore up continuing defensive weak spots.
Then we’ll look ahead to the home opener against the visiting Columbus Crew, with Patrick Murphy, from the Massive Report. Columbus comes in with a new coach and new lease on MLS life, but has been weak on the wings. We’ll see if the Revs can take advantage.
Lots of unanswered questions still facing the New England Revolution as they begin the 2019 campaign. Ray, Jon and Eric kick off the season with Julian Cardillo, of ProSoccerUSA, and breakdown multiple roster moves along with unresolved issues. With several new faces on the roll, team chemistry will be the first test this team needs to pass.
After finishing the 2018 campaign with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact, the New England Revolution officially enter the offseason and may soon begin to implement necessary personnel changes.
Who’s a lock to return in 2019, who’s on the bubble and who’s packing their bags? We look ahead to next year with ProSoccerUSA’s Julian Cardillo; New England Soccer Today and MLS Soccer.com’s Jonathan Sigal, and Revs beat writer for Boston Sports Journal, Sean Sweeney.
We’ll talk offseason priorities and 2019 expectations, then Ray, Jon and Alex wrap it up with shout outs.
All eyes are on the future.
The New England Revolution are officially eliminated from the 2018 playoff race and have begun making moves with an eye towards 2019 and beyond.
Then we’ll bring you a quick one-one-one with Revolution President Brian Bilello recorded Monday morning after the Revs unveiled plans for a new $35 million training facility in Foxborough. We’ll talk about what Brian and the Krafts said then analyze what this move means for this team and its supporters.
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