Everything you need to know about the Revolution’s 1-1 draw with Nashville SC Friday night in quickie form:
A draw in Music City: After three weeks of thinking about what happened when Nashville SC visited the Revolution at Gillette Stadium earlier this month, more of the same when the Revs visited Nissan Stadium. Nashville elected to park the bus with nine and sometimes ten men behind the ball, and for the most part, New England had difficulty in breaking them down. But two goals in the space of three minutes accounts for the final tally, with the Revs now at 29 points in the Eastern Conference with three to play, and a chance to punch their ticket should results — Atlanta United losing to DC United, Inter Miami drawing with or losing to Orlando City — go their way on Saturday.
Zimmerman heads Nashville ahead, but Buksa ties it: With just over a quarter of an hour remaining and after Nashville blew past Alexander Büttner, a corner kick saw Walker Zimmerman race in and out-leap Henry Kessler to head the hosts ahead, 1-nil. But three minutes later, Adam Buksa, while in traffic, pivoted and hurled a Zeus-like lightning bolt past Joe Willis to level the score.
Revs own possession numbers, have only shot on-target in first 45: Following a 74-minute weather delay, New England owned the first half — but much like the first time these two sides played three weeks ago, Nashville bunkered in and challenged the Revolution to break them down. That didn’t happen, as The Boys In Blue played patiently and only registered one shot on-target in the first half. Nashville, though, had none on-target. The Revs only had one decent opportunity at stretching the hosts, with Lee Nguyen feeding Tajon Buchanan with a long over the top ball that Willis booted away after racing off his line. Outside of that? Zzzzzzzzzz.
Gil returns, Fagundez at 260: After coming off the Not Medically Cleared list this week, Carles Gil, who has not played since the match against DC United in the MLS IS BACK Tournament, made the bench and entered the match in the 63rd minute. Gustavo Bou didn’t, and Brandon Bye wasn’t in the XI. Who was, though? Diego Fagundez made career appearance No. 260 in place of Buksa. It was the only change from Monday’s 2-1 defeat to Philadelphia. Not to be forgotten, Teal Bunbury and Nguyen also made their respective 200th appearances with the Revs; it was also Bunbury’s 200th start in Major League Soccer.
Adam Buksa: Maybe — and I’m just spitballing here — the supersub role is perfect for the Polish striker. He has five goals on the season thanks to the helper by Kekuta Manneh, but two of the last three goals he has scored have come in substitute fashion.
Lee Nguyen: 91 percent passing accuracy, and he had the pass to Manneh that set up the goal.
The offense the first 75 minutes: You mean the tell me that after watching that film from three weeks ago that you still can’t break Nashville down? Only two shots on-target tonight, with only one in the first 75 minutes. Pathetic.
LET’S TALK ABOUT STATS, BABY
The Revs are the only team to not allow a goal in the first quarter hour of their matches in 2020
9 shots, 2 on-target
63.6 percent possession
6 percent accuracy on crosses
WHAT SWEENS REALLY THINKS RIGHT NOW
Let’s say results don’t go the Revolution’s way Saturday: that means they need three points Wednesday. And they’ve shown they can win in that building during the regular season. Anything less, I think — even if the results do go their way Saturday — would be unacceptable.
THEY SAID IT
“Overall, we’re disappointed with the draw, but you also have to take the positives which were that we came back from 1-nil down.” — Matt Turner on Revolution Postgame Live
It’s another quick turnaround, and the final one of 2020: it’s a trip back to Harrison to face… checks notes… the New York Red Bulls. Wait… checks notes again… yup, it’s the Red Bulls. Thought we were playing Montreal again. Kick-off Wednesday night is slated for 7 p.m.