Last weekend was a big soccer Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA. A triple header including New England Revolution vs Kansas City Wizards, US vs Haiti, and Honduras vs Grenada. This first post is about the NE Rev's. I'll post some pictures and my take on the two other games in later posts.
If any of you remember the last time the Revs took on Kansas City Wizard, you'll remember it was pretty sad. The Rev's were not playing up to par and had a pretty big loss. I was naturally nervous that this would be a repeat. Even though the game ended in a 0-0 tie, I was glad to see it wasn't a repeat of last game. In fact, I think the Rev's played some the of the best soccer I've seen from them all season. They didn't throw away the ball as often, there was more passing and more consistent pressure on the offense.
This may be an unfair ussumption, but I think this new level of "put-togetherness" has a lot to do with the recent signing of Lithuanian forward Edgaras Jankauskas. You could definitely tell he set a different pace and style for the Revs. Sadly they didn't put any shots in the goal, but I overall they played a lot better. Especially with their other stars Joseph and Twellman on the injured list. When some of these key players get healthy and are back on the field, I think this team will really step up.
The outcome of the game had a lot to do with the skills of goal keeper Matt Reis. There were a lot of plays that could have gone badly for the Revs if it wasn't for some great saves by Reis. He really is an amazing goal keeper.