BSJ Match #12 Breakdown & Review: Revs 3, Whitecaps 3 — Revs drop points due to defensive woes

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If you asked the Revolution players and staff if they would be happy with earning a point on the road during the stretch of games in front of them, I'm sure they would have said yes. But with the way this game went, I'm sure this feels more like they dropped two points instead of earning one. The Vancouver Whitecaps attack proved to be too much for the Revolution to handle by answering every goal with one of their own on the way to a 3-3 draw.

Let's look at the starting 11...

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The starting 11 saw four changes from last week's game and Brad Friedel chose to remain in the 3-5-2. The personnel change in the backline was placing Claude Dielna back into the starting 11 playing to the left of Jalil Alibaba. The only midfielder to stay in the starting 11 following last week's game was Luis Caicedo. Wilfried Zahibo and Diego Fagundez (coming off of suspension) took the places of Kelyn Rowe and Scott Caldwell. At left midfield, Gabriel Somi got the nod after being left out of the starting 11 for the last couple of weeks when Chris Tierney took on the role (at left midfield and left back). Cristian Penilla and Teal Bunbury started side by side up top for the second week in a row.


Space in the midfield: The Vancouver Whitecaps played in a 4-4-2, and a very spread out version of the formation. I noticed in the last couple of 'Caps games they often sacrifice space in the midfield to leave two players (Kei Kamara and Yordy Reyna) high. The space in the midfield was prevalent, which left Zahibo and Caicedo acres to run into passing channels. I've included some clips highlighting the space in the midfield that I'm referencing.

Further, the depth at which Caicedo and Zahibo played left Russell Teibert and Felipe watching while Cristian Penilla, Fagundez, and Bunbury were able to find channels in behind the two midfielders. This was especially evident in the first half and it showed in the numbers. The Revolution led the half with 57 percent of the game's possession, and the Revolution very rarely lead in possession.

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