MLS New England Revolution

BSSS Preseason Match Report: LA Galaxy 2, Revolution 1 — A decent first effort

All you need to know about the Revolution’s 2-1 loss to LA Galaxy in their first preseason game Monday afternoon in quickie form, complete with Bay State Soccer Sentinel analysis and insight:

THE SKINNY

Revs fall in preseason opener: After three weeks of playing against each other in intra-squad scrimmages in Foxborough, the Revolution opened the competitive preseason in Los Angeles Monday afternoon — and it wasn’t that bad at all. A pair of first-half goals out of the Galaxy held up the rest of way as Los Angeles beat New England, 2-1. As it’s preseason, New England’s starters, with the exception of goalkeeper Matt Turner and left back Seth Sinovic, went an hour, with Brad Knighton and DeJuan Jones entering the game at halftime.

Galaxy scores a pair, Bou gets Revs on the board in first half: An interesting first half, as the Revolution looked to score quick; Gustavo Bou tried to find Diego Fagundez in the first four minutes and Fagundez would lay off to Adam Buksa, but the Galaxy defense was up to the challenge. The Galaxy struck first in the eighth minute, as Ethan Zubak took Christian Pavon’s cross and rose between Henry Kessler and Sinovic, heading home to put the hosts ahead, 1-nil. Los Angeles made it 2-nil in the 34th, and Pavon received a deep volley from the midfield and beat both Sinovic and Turner. But just before the half, Bou held his run as Buksa “crossed” from inside the box and tapped it in to finish the shot, cutting the deficit in half.

Unavailables for the Revs: Alexander Büttner, Luis Caicedo, Antonio Delamea, Carles Gil, Michael Mancienne

HOW LOS ANGELES WON IT

Just a simple over the top volley from the midfield line to Pavon, and he got enough purchase on his shot to beat both Kessler and Turner.

A FEW STRAY THOUGHTS

(As it’s preseason, I won’t do the WHO WAS HOT/WHO WAS NOT breakdown… too early for that.)

Henry Kessler: A partially tough first half for the rookie, who misjudged the timing of Pavon’s cross to Zubak for LA’s opener; one can say miscommunication with Sinovic, which they’ll have to work on if it’s that. He did a couple of good things with his footwork and touches, however, and we have to give him credit for going the full 90. He’s going to get that timing down, so that’s not something I’m too worried about right now. It was a serviceable performance.

Corner kicks: The Revs surrendered quite a few in the first half, and Galaxy commentator Cobi Jones noted LA had the ability to run where it wanted because no one tracked them. Heads on a swivel, please.

Second half saw a lack of offense: Once the second set of players got out there at the hour mark, the match pace slowed down, and from my perspective, I didn’t see much in the way of creativity on the part of the Revs. And not much in the way of offense: only Justin Rennicks and Jones had solid shots on Los Angeles’ back-up keeper.

Impressed with Buksa: A great first touch by the Pole, who nearly opened his preseason account not once, but twice. The first one saw the Galaxy swarm back, and the second saw his shot turn into a cross, and he assisted on Bou’s goal.

A few other positives: Cristian Penilla working the right side in the first 45, Jones showing that speed, Brandon Bye with some terrific defending. In short, not a bad first effort by New England in this 2020 preseason.

WHAT’S ON TAP

The Revolution will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon as they take on the Colorado Rapids here. We haven’t yet heard about streaming options for Wednesday.

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