Let’s not pull any punches tonight, folks: the New England Revolution were just plain out-worked, just plain out-shot — 16-5 at one point — and just plain out-classed by USL champ Louisville City FC in the US Open Cup Tuesday night.
End of column? No, not exactly.
From our view of the livestream — which, while we’re being honest and everything, was sub-public access TV quality — the Revs’ Fourth Round hosts put out an incredible work rate, beating New England to practically every loose ball in their 3-2 victory. The Boys In Purple clogged up the middle to prevent serious forays into the attacking third and, when Brad Friedel brought in two regular first-teamers in Juan Agudelo and Kelyn Rowe in the second half, managed to harry the two long-time Revolution servants with their relentless determination in the last 20 minutes to see out the result.
Seriously, Kelyn: you let an accountant — an accountant! — dispossess you not once, but twice.
You take away New England’s two goals — Mark Segbers being in the right place at the right time for the fifth-minute opener, a little tap-in; Brian Wright’s cross back into the 6-yard box that took a lucky bounce off Louisville centerback Pat McMahon’s out-stretched leg — and the tourists from Route 1 just had no answer for a Louisville City team that simply responded perfectly to everything the Revs wanted to do.
Fellow striker Femi Hollinger-Janzen? At 6 feet tall, no one expects him to be invisible, but he was just that Tuesday night.
Brandon Bye, a player we have praised a few times? Responsible for guarding the back post on Oscar Jimenez’s goal. Didn’t do it.
Bad passes galore, many of which slowed by Louisville.
The only player that I saw playing his weight? Andrew Farrell.
The former No. 1 draft pick returned to his old campus at the University of Louisville and came out ready to play. He made four sensational defensive stops — one on former Tottenham property Cameron Lancaster in the early goings that went into the crowd — in the first 45 minutes, including a well-timed sliding tackle which, if he had been a smidge off, would have resulted in a penalty and more than likely a straight red card.
Some will say the Revs’ present fixture congestion — four matches in the last 10 days; another two in the next eight days before the World Cup break — and fatigue can be to blame for the loss to Louisville, a second-division team that hadn’t played in 10 days before New England came to the other Commonwealth.
Hogwash. That's a load of bunk.