New England Revolution recorded their fifth straight win on Saturday night, extending their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference to five points and look comfortable. There was a lot to take away from this game, they are as follows:
1. Patrick Mullins can play!
The 22 year-old rookie makes playing up front alone look easy, as he bagged his fourth goal in as many games.
He seems to thrive on scraps and brings people into attacks brilliantly. His hold up play is sublime and the counter-attacking style of the Revs suits him perfectly.
2. Lee Nguyen for MVP?
The midfielder single-handedly controls the tempo of the game and seems unstoppable on the ball.
The rest of the league has yet to shut him down, mainly down to his free-roaming style. With Andy Dorman sitting deeper, it allows Nguyen to advance and open up defenses.
He is already looking like the MVP with New England flying.
3. Eddie Johnson has lost the plot.
EJ was sent off last night for a stupid reaction in which he kicked out at Kelyn Rowe.
This is the second time in three games the striker has been subject to frustration and as a result suspended, as he left his foot in on Montreal impact ‘keeper Troy Perkins just last week.
Johnson needs to clear his head while serving his suspension, and forget about the disappointment of the World Cup squad, as DC will need him this season.
4. Why was Fabian Espindola on the bench?
Despite coming on and scoring the equaliser, DC fans will be severely questioning Ben Olsen’s decision to bench him.
Espindola is DC’s top scorer this season with six goals, and was instrumental mid-week when they managed to record a 2-0 win against Houston Dynamo.
He may have been fatigued from that game, but would have surely been desperate to start again, as any striker would, and this could have changed the shape of the game.
5. Can anyone stop the Revolution?
New England is a well-oiled machine, and seems to be optimising Jay Heap’s philosophy to great effect.
The counter-attack approach works so well, as the Revs invite teams onto them before exploding onto their opposition on turnovers.
It will take a lot to stop this outfit, with them set to continue this great run of five wins on the bounce, especially as they are not affected by the World Cup.
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