3 takeaways from the Revolution’s 2-2 draw in opposition to Japanese Convention powerhouse FC Cincinnati

New England Revolution

Gustavo Bou’s targets coated for a sport crammed with “dangerous turnovers.”

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Gustavo Bou after scoring in opposition to FC Cincinnati for the New England Revolution. Through MLS/New England Revolution

The Revolution emerged from a back-and-forth conflict in opposition to fellow Japanese Convention contenders FC Cincinnati with a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

A pair of Cincinnati targets from Dominique Badji was canceled out by Revolution ahead Gustavo Bou.

The 33-year-old Argentine prompted one aim when his Fifteenth-minute shot bounced in off of Badji. He scored one other within the twenty fourth minute after popping up on the far publish and redirecting Emmanuel Boateng’s cross inside, uncorking a left-footed shot previous Roman Celentano’s outstretched glove.

After a dramatic opening 45 minutes, the sport settled right into a extra one-sided dynamic within the second half. Cincinnati slowly turned up the stress as New England’s defensive protection deteriorated, first discovering an equalizer by way of Badji’s second aim within the fifty fifth minute, and practically including a winner beneath a barrage of photographs.

Nonetheless, New England was in a position to escape with some extent (and was denied a late Gil winner when Giacomo Vrioni was judged to have been fractionally offside). Cincinnati stays prime of the convention, however noticed what had been an ideal house report in 2023 (10-0-0) come to finish in opposition to a cussed Revolution efficiency. It was Cincinnati’s first dropped factors at house in 273 days.

With the common season sequence between the 2 groups now concluded in a pair of attracts — the primary assembly, again in April at Gillette Stadium, ended 1-1 in a sport most notable for Dylan Borrero’s damage — a doubtlessly decisive postseason matchup appears to loom. However with 14 common season video games remaining, MLS viewers comprehend it’s far too early to take a position.

Nonetheless, not everybody left Saturday feeling like the sport was a playoff preview.

“I don’t suppose we performed significantly properly,” Revolution head coach Bruce Enviornment acknowledged after the sport. “Our passing was poor tonight. It’s good to get the purpose, I can’t argue that. I assume I’ll depart it at that.”

Listed below are a number of takeaways:

New England’s plan labored for 45 minutes.

Enviornment deployed the identical beginning lineup in opposition to Cincinnati that he’d used within the 2-1 win over Toronto the week earlier than.

As was the case in opposition to Toronto, the position of Boateng proved attention-grabbing: When New England had possession, he seemed to push into his typical house as a left-sided winger. When the Revolution have been defending, he moved right into a extra central position.

This, coupled with Bou’s capability to drop from his beginning spot (as a middle ahead alongside Bobby Wooden) into house on the suitable, prompted moments of confusion in Cincinnati’s protection. Lined up in a three-back formation, Cincinnati had points selecting up Boateng and Bou in house between the crew’s wingbacks and middle backs.

Led by the work charge of Wooden, New England additionally unleashed some defensive urgent in opposition to Cincinnati at instances within the opening half. This was used to create a turnover in possession that prompted the nook kick from which Bou’s shot deflected in.

Eight of the Revolution’s 9 photographs within the sport got here within the first half, culminating with a Bou free kick hitting the publish moments earlier than the whistle blew. Given additionally that New England out-possessed Cincinnati for 25 of the opening 45 minutes, Enviornment’s aspect held a deserved 2-1 lead at halftime.

“Our dangerous turnovers led to a few of their greatest probabilities.”

It was not the most effective evening for New England’s passing effectivity. For a crew that usually completes greater than 80 p.c of its passes, the ultimate determine from Saturday (68.3 p.c) instructed a narrative.

Apart from Cincinnati’s protection, the Revolution merely turned the ball over too typically. Usually dependable gamers like middle backs Dave Romney and Andrew Farrell every made errors.

“Simply couple performs right here and there that I want I had again, however I don’t know too many guys who performed properly tonight,” Romney candidly admitted throughout a postgame press convention. “I by no means need to have an off-night so it positively wasn’t adequate for me.”

However as Romney identified, the errors went past just some gamers.

This was exacerbated through the second half, which proved to be nearly a special sport for the Revolution. The crew’s defensive construction appeared to collapse as gaps opened up within the traces between midfield and protection.

On a moist evening in Cincinnati, Enviornment famous afterward that the Revolution “felt the warmth within the second half.”

Given extra time on the ball, the house crew additionally stepped up its protection within the uncommon moments New England wrested again management of possession.

“Our dangerous turnovers led to a few of their greatest probabilities,” stated Romney after the sport, including that he felt the crew “put ourselves beneath stress.”

Petrovic delivered one other spherical of game-changing saves.

It could really feel repetitive to repeatedly be aware Djordje Petrović’s influence on the Revolution have been it not such an instrumental half in so a lot of New England’s wins this season.

The 23-year-old was lately named an MLS All-Star, and he greater than earned the excellence along with his efficiency in opposition to Cincinnati. Petrovic made multiple important stops, turning away some golden probabilities for the house aspect.

“He performed actual properly,” Enviornment stated of the Revolution goalkeeper. “He made a pair large saves. He can’t be at fault for any of those targets, that’s for certain.”