Everything you need to know about the Revolution’s scoreless draw with Nashville SC Saturday night in quickie form:
A disappointing draw: For the first time in a while, New England’s first team was absolutely flummoxed at home by a bunkered-in, cynical side. This first-ever meeting between the Revolution and shorthanded Nashville SC finished scoreless, with the visitors putting upward of 10 men behind the ball at some points to deny the hosts, which had 66 percent possession and 17 shots, with five on-target. Not one of those shots beat Nashville goalkeeper Joe Willis. The draw, coupled with NYCFC’s 3-2 win over Inter Miami, moved New England down to sixth in the Eastern Conference, and extended its unbeaten streak to four matches thanks to its seventh draw of 2020.
Scoreless at the break: Even though New England held over 66 parent of the ball in the first 45 minutes, the Revolution had difficulty in breaking down and unlocking Nashville side. New England had seven shots with only one on-target in the first half, that on-target shot coming from Tajon Buchanan with a dance and a flick that Willis tapped over the bar.
Just one change: With Matt Polster sitting out Saturday due to concussion, Tommy McNamara moved into the XI. The rest of the XI was the same from last Sunday’s win over DC United. Diego Fagundez had a short run-out for his 255th appearance in a Revs jersey, which moved him into second place all-time in club history; up next, the target is 261 to tie Shalrie Joseph for the club lead.
Tajon Buchanan: Buchanan was certainly hungry to score Saturday, and he certainly had the best opportunities to do so. We loved his hunger, and with him riding a high these last few weeks, without question you have to let him pull the trigger when he’s feeling it.
Gustavo Bou: Outside of one try early in the second half, Bou was pretty invisible. He didn’t assert himself, he couldn’t unlock Nashville, and there were times where he gave up when he lost the ball. He needs to be better.
LET’S TALK ABOUT STATS, BABY
86 percent passing accuracy for New England
30 percent crossing accuracy
WHAT SWEENS REALLY THINKS RIGHT NOW
The last time that I remember the Revs being absolutely stymied like this at home was July 7, 2018: Revs 0, Seattle 0. The following week was the god-awful 3-2 loss to LA Galaxy, and you know what happened from there… I highly doubt that happens this year.
But if we’re being 100 percent honest, this was a massive missed opportunity, especially when one factors in the other results: Orlando City beat FC Dallas, 3-1, and NYCFC beat Inter Miami, 3-2, to supplant the Revs in fifth. We’ve talked about the Revs not being cutthroat offensively, and this is just another example of that. Outside of that few minute period early in the second half when New England looked creative, they just looked lifeless otherwise.
Give me another goalkeeper on that Nashville roster, and tell me they make those saves that Joe Willis made Saturday. Tip your cap toward him; he was phenomenal.
THEY SAID IT
“We should’ve got three points.” — Tajon Buchanan
It’s a quick turnaround as the Revs will take on Toronto FC here at Gillette on Wednesday night. Kick-off slated for 7:30 p.m.