3 takeaways from the Revolution’s 2-1 win over Atlanta United

New England Revolution

A quick begin proved to be sufficient as New England maintained its unbeaten run at Gillette Stadium.

Revolution takeaways from the 2-1 win over Atlanta United
Revolution gamers rejoice after Giacomo Vrioni’s purpose in opposition to Atlanta United. Barry Chin/Globe Employees

The Revolution soared to an early lead and held on for a 2-1 win over Atlanta United at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday night time. New England moved into second place within the Jap Convention with the consequence (after Nashville misplaced 2-0 to Philadelphia).

Targets from Matt Polster and Giacomo Vrioni put New England within the driver’s seat within the first 9 minutes, and Bruce Area’s aspect performed a few of its greatest wanting soccer of the season within the first 20 minutes of the sport.

From there, the Revolution had been largely content material to maintain the ball transferring backward and forward, solely making periodic forays ahead.

Within the second half, notably after the hour mark, Atlanta grew into the sport and compelled quite a few saves from Revolution goalkeeper Djordje Petrović. A purpose in stoppage from Atlanta ahead Machop Chol supplied a late jolt of nervousness for the house followers, however New England was in a position to maintain on for 3 factors.

The win extends the Revolution’s residence unbeaten run (8-0-3) to 11 video games in 2023.

Listed below are a number of takeaways:

New England performs the gorgeous recreation (or roughly 20 minutes of it).

For a staff that has had its share of gradual begins this season, the Revolution couldn’t have dreamt of a greater opening interval to the primary half.

It started with an adrenaline rush when Atlanta proper again Brooks Lennon’s clearance of a Brandon Bye cross was thunderously dispatched into the far nook of the online by Polster for a rousing opener.

And earlier than Atlanta had sufficient time to settle again in, the Revolution struck once more.

Receiving the ball simply exterior his personal 18-yard field, Carles Gil confirmed off an beautiful first contact to nutmeg Atlanta midfielder Santiago Sosa. He then moved the ball into house earlier than discovering Vrioni with an ideal move that bent across the flat-footed United protection.

Vrioni, making his first begin since a 3-3 draw with Chicago on Could 27, rounded the keeper earlier than calmly putting the ball within the purpose.

Past the scoring, New England’s motion and passing seemed cohesive and dominant, pinning Atlanta again for a lot of the primary half.

A part of it seemed to be an efficient tactical plan that Area and his teaching workers deployed. The Revolution opted for a 4-2-3-1, whereas the opposition began in a 3-5-2 (that successfully grew to become a 5-3-2 in protection).

Ahead Justin Rennicks, making a uncommon begin for New England, took up an fascinating place. Although nominally a right-sided attacking midfielder, the fact was that he performed extra like a proper winger, occupying house larger up the sphere. He persistently discovered gaps in between Atlanta’s middle again Luis Abram and left wingback Caleb Wiley, offering a passing outlet for his teammates.

“We needed to assault them in a sure manner,” Area mentioned after the sport, “and I feel he did an actual good job within the within the first half. Total, a superb efficiency.”

This, plus the pure width on the left supplied by New England exterior again Ryan Spaulding, helped the Revolution stretch the sphere horizontally and create more room for Gil, Gustavo Bou, and the remainder of New England’s assault.

The dynamic switched within the second half.

At halftime, Atlanta made a pair of modifications. Matheus Rossetto got here on for Sosa, and Derrick Etienne subbed on for Tyler Wolff. The result of the change was that United moved to a 4-2-1-3, and commenced to take management of the sport.

Atlanta playmaker Thiago Almada, who had been the staff’s most lively participant within the tough circumstances of the primary half, began to take cost as the sport progressed.

In all, he totaled 9 photographs, 5 key passes, and a game-high 85 touches on the ball. But lots of his photographs had been from distance, because the Revolution protection — unable to cease Almada — was no less than in a position to restrict him to decrease proportion probabilities.

“It appeared like he had his manner with us for lengthy intervals of time,” Area admitted of Almada. “I guess he had 10 photographs on purpose tonight, if no more. He was good however we had been in a position to stand him up exterior the penalty space. If he’s going to attempt to beat Djordje from 18-20 yards out, he’s going to have a tough time.”

As soon as once more, Djordje Petrović confronted a barrage of photographs and didn’t flinch.

For the third recreation in a row, Revolution All-Star goalkeeper Djordje Petrović confronted greater than 20 photographs (although not all had been on-net). It was indicative of Almada’s pressure of persona because the Argentine tried to will his staff again into the sport.

But although United huffed and puffed, they solely managed to discover a manner by means of Petrović within the final minute. The New England keeper made a number of point-blank saves, and plenty of extra on photographs from distance.

A number of days after a recreation through which he made a uncommon psychological mistake together with his distribution — unnecessarily rolling the ball out to Polster in a harmful, central place, from which the ball was turned over and New England finally gave up the dropping purpose — the Serbian’s resolution making was sound on Wednesday.

He ended up finishing 81 p.c of his passes, together with 10 of 16 lengthy balls.

Whether or not or not he’ll begin in subsequent week’s All-Star Sport in opposition to Arsenal (and presumably former Revolution teammate Matt Turner) stays to be seen. However as Spaulding mentioned afterward, the 23-year-old Petrović conjures up confidence.

“He’s the very best goalie within the league.”