BSJ Match #13 Breakdown & Ratings: Revs 1, Atlanta 1 — Battered defense holds AUFC to 1

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Two games, two draws. The New England Revolution continue their goal of never losing two consecutive games during the 2018 season and this result came against one of the league's best. Atlanta United FC was all over the home side for 95 minutes but was only able to break through once. The Revs were able to respond late after Krisztian Nemeth drew a penalty kick after coming on in the 61st minute.

Let's look at the starting 11...

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Brad Friedel chose to go back to the 4-5-1 they have been playing for most of the season against one of the league's top sides. The back four consisted of Andrew Farrell (right back), Antonio Delamea (right center back), Jalil Anibaba (left center back), and Chris Tierney (left back, who would eventually be replaced by Gabriel Somi due to an injury in the first half). Friedel opted for a midfield that could cover ground in choosing Scott Caldwell, Luis Caicedo, and Wilfried Zahibo. Diego Fagundez was pushed out to the wing from his normal spot at attacking center midfield, while Cristian Penilla and Teal Bunbury remained in their normal spots at left midfield and center forward, respectively.


The first 20 minutes: The first ten minutes of the game were relatively slow in terms of entertainment. The Revolution rolled out with their defensive game plan that appeared to be to press Atlanta's back three defenders and it actually slowed down Atlanta's game on the ball. It was clear that they were trying to figure out how to break down the Revolution and it looked like they were struggling to develop a rhythm until the 17th minute or so.

Frieda's side was beginning to stretch and Gerardo "Tata" Martino's side was beginning to find its identity on the ball. Look at this segment...

Since this moment, Atlanta United had no shortage of attacking chances as the combination of Ezequiel Barco, Miguel Almiron, and Josef Martinez became too much for the Revs defense to hold at bay.

The Atlanta attack: Let's start by taking a look at all of the key passes, shots, and goals that Almiron and the rest of the team were able to generate during this match.

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As you can see, Atlanta United FC was able to create plenty of chances against the Revolution. Many of these opportunities were ones that I thought were high probability scoring chances that would result in goals on any other day.

Everyone in Gillette -- including the New England players -- got a glimpse of one of the most elite attacking players in the league in Miguel Almiron.