3 takeaways from the Revolution’s 3-2 loss in Nashville

New England Revolution

One other change within the system produced disappointingly comparable outcomes from a defensive standpoint.

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Revolution defender Henry Kessler enjoying through the 3-2 loss to Nashville on Oct. 14. Through MLS/New England Revolution

The Revolution fell 3-2 in Nashville on Saturday, a 3rd consecutive defeat for Clint Peay’s crew.

New England produced a disastrous opening 45 minutes and trailed 3-0 at halftime. Within the second half, behind a bevy of substitutions, the Revolution pulled again two objectives (each scored by Tomás Chancalay).

In the long run, it was too steep of a hill for New England to climb. Enjoying with out each DeJuan Jones and Noel Buck (each away for worldwide call-ups), the already short-handed Revolution roster was stretched noticeably skinny.

With a playoff spot already clinched, it’s one more week the place the Revolution misplaced to a crew they could see once more in a couple of weeks (Nashville has additionally clinched a postseason berth). New England falls to fifth within the Jap Convention because of the most recent loss forward of the ultimate common season sport subsequent Saturday at Gillette Stadium towards the Philadelphia Union.

Switching to a three-back system didn’t work.

After unsuccessfully attempting to implement an inverted fullback system over the previous few video games, Peay — New England’s interim head coach — shifted to a reasonably aggressive 3-5-2, with Nacho Gil and Emmanuel Boateng as exterior wingbacks.

Regardless of some early promise (with Carles Gil virtually giving the Revolution an early lead after his run by way of the center of the Nashville protection resulted in a curling shot crusing inches large of the proper put up), a harsh actuality quickly set in.

Going through a disciplined Nashville lineup adept at putting on the counter and changing crosses, the Revolution suffered breakdowns from just about all elements of the protection except for the goalkeeper. Nashville tallied two objectives from dead-ball restarts (a throw-in and a free kick), every culminating in a cross. The third aim resulted from a basic counterattack.

On condition that neither Nacho Gil nor Boateng are common wingbacks, each — whereas spirited of their dedication — had been merely much less capable of present defensive cowl. Every of the primary two objectives resulted from the house crew discovering house both in between New England’s center-backs and wingbacks, or in behind the latter once they had been caught upfield.

As well as, the promise of defensive solidity with three center-backs on the sector did not materialize. Miscommunications led to poor marking, and Nashville took full benefit. Even in midfield, Matt Polster (returning to his favored function after a number of video games as a hybrid left again) and Mark-Anthony Kaye had been caught out of place on the third aim, in addition to a number of different sequences by which Nashville playmaker Hany Mukhtar was capable of dribble in open house by way of the center.

And for the entire criticism that Peay caught for the supposed vulnerability of his inverted fullback system towards counterattacks, the Revolution regarded equally (if no more) inclined to counters on Saturday in a 3-5-2.

Regardless of garnering simply 39 % of the possession at halftime, Nashville held a commanding lead.

Tomás Chancalay led an admirable second half effort, however a bigger concern stays.

In response to the 3-0 debacle, Peay made three adjustments at halftime. Tommy McNamara, Jack Panayotou, and Ryan Spaulding got here on for Nacho Gil, Kaye, and Boateng. New England shifted to a flat 4-4-2, with center-back Henry Kessler shifting to proper again (and Spaulding getting into to play his pure left again function).

The outcomes improved, although it was additionally partly as a consequence of Nashville eradicating center-back (and U.S. worldwide) Walker Zimmerman given the wholesome lead, with maybe one eye on the playoffs.

Chancalay, working effectively together with Carles Gil and Gustavo Bou, pulled again two objectives for the guests. It created an enjoyably dramatic ultimate 20 minutes, even when the Revolution regarded equally — if not barely extra — susceptible on the again as Peay continued to ratchet up strain going ahead.

The defeat, as with a number of in latest weeks, provided extra questions than solutions for Peay and New England administration. And with just one extra sport earlier than the beginning of the playoffs, the interim coach acknowledged that he doesn’t know who his greatest 11 gamers are.

“I imply, clearly, tonight was robust,” he stated in response to Seth Macomber of The Blazing Musket. “We had been lacking a number of gamers, an enormous one being DeJuan Jones. I believe one of the best lineup remains to be to be decided, to be trustworthy with you.

“We nonetheless have some guys who’re nonetheless attempting to get match minutes, Kessler, Bou, and we’re nonetheless attempting to determine which guys are going to indicate up and decide to enjoying the sport the best way it’s speculated to be performed for 90-plus minutes.”

Jacob Jackson’s MLS debut had some good moments regardless of the end result.

In a stunning transfer, Peay handed 2022 first-round decide Jacob Jackson his first MLS begin.

It was an identifiably robust project for Jackson, even earlier than it turned clear that Nashville had the higher hand on New England’s protection.

Whereas he would possibly need to have the third aim again — although it was effectively positioned within the nook by Nashville striker Sam Surridge — Jackson performed as greatest as he may within the circumstances.

His first half save on a stinging effort from Mukhtar gave a glimpse at his shot-stopping potential, and he added a couple of extra saves within the second half when the Revolution started throwing extra numbers ahead.