MLS New England Revolution

Sweeney: Two takeaways from Saturday’s 1-1 draw

FOXBOROUGH — A couple of thoughts about the Revolution’s 1-1 draw against Chicago:

You have to feel for Justin Rennicks

It was a sitter, one begging to be buried.

Unfortunately, it blazed over.

If that’s early in the game, with loads of time remaining, you forget about it and move on. You keep playing. You keep trying to put the proverbial biscuit in the basket.

But Justin Rennicks’ stoppage-time miss came with less than 45 seconds to go until referee Fotis Bazakos blew the full-time whistle, ending a game begging to be won by the Revolution. After all, New England had missed four chances before Rennicks’ miss. It was just another in a long line of misses.

To see Rennicks exit the pitch and pass Jonathan Kraft at the top of the tunnel, and then stand at his locker, staring into its depths, it felt like life or death. He had the chance to win it — hell, the off-the-ball run was perfect — and it the chance evaporated. The Fort would have chanted his name had he buried it.

Here’s hoping he buries the next chance, if only to ease the pressure off the Homegrown signing.

Credit Chicago for its defensive positioning

I may be the only one outside of Chicago saying this, but give credit where it’s due. The positioning of the Fire’s defenders, especially in the final 20 minutes or so, was absolutely perfect.

To deny Adam Buksa his second of the game, Fabian Herbers was where he needed to be in that situation. Three minutes later, Brandon Bye was denied off the line by Francisco Calvo.

Young soccer players, take note: That’s something you learn at the younger levels, and with communication with your goalkeeper and other defenders.

One thought on “Sweeney: Two takeaways from Saturday’s 1-1 draw

  1. I said it after the first game and I’ll say it again – the Revs will struggle if they insist on four out and out attackers PLUS Fagundez in midfield. Honestly, Chicago played poorly. The Revs should have won this 4-1. But against a team playing well, they’ll have a lot of 4-2 kinds of losses if Bruce insists on Fagundez playing #8

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