New England Revolution Offensive Performance Will Be A Building Block
The New England Revolution have been a force at home this season with a 3-0-2 record at Gillette and their recent showing at home was a 4-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. Despite their home success the Rev’s are only 3-4-4 on the season and sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
New England’s offense hasn’t been the issue this season with the squad averaging 2.6 goals per game at home which is second in MLS. Saturdays 4-0 win should be used as a building block to continue their home offensive success but also take what they are doing right and implement it on the road.
Revolution coach Jay Heaps is excited about Saturdays offensive showing and thinks there is a lot to take away from the game to help the team going forward.
“That was one thing I was really excited about. You know how when you talk about basketball, you talk about assists. The goals were okay, good finishes, but the plays to make the goal was what I was really excited about. I thought guys were really dynamic in the first pass and the second pass that opened up the goal. I still want to go back and look at it on film, but live, it felt like really good passing. I thought Lee’s [Nguyen] to Kelyn [Rowe], that played Diego [Fagundez] for the goal. And even Scotty’s [Caldwell] on the first one, making a good run across and Diego played a great ball. Kei [Kamara] played Lee perfectly. Good timed runs. And the other one was a great service. Everything, when you look about assists, you think about playmaking. You think about the ball that’s delivered. That’s good football, when that final ball is good, we can finish it.”
Coach Heaps wasn’t the only one impressed with how the Rev’s offense was firing, forward Kei Kamara noted after the game that New England’s offensive production is spread out and not just one or two guys.
“The offense on this team is good. It’s not one guy that can score goals. Obviously, it showed again tonight. A lot of guys can put balls in the back of the net, but it’s again, we got to work together to help the guys behind us and keep going back behind us – behind us from the midfield to the defenders and all that. So, offense is never a problem, you know? But you can see, everybody can score goals, but
Kamara though understands that offense has not been the issue for the Rev’s, the issue has been playing solid defense paired with their offense, and on Saturday they put both together.
“Continue again, we can score goals. That’s not a problem. We can connect, we can link with each other, we can score goals. But then again, we did well tonight not letting Salt Lake get anything on the board and it started with us up front. We were working together collectively and that helped the guys behind us.”
The Rev’s will have an opportunity next Sunday against Columbus Crew SC to show if they can follow up Saturdays performance with another complete effort.