BSJ Match #18 Breakdown & Review: Revs 0, Sounders 0 — Schmetzer’s tactics hold Revs to draw

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FOXBOROUGH -- In one of the Revolution's most uneventful games of the season, Brian Schmetzer and his side rolled into Gillette Stadium with one objective: hold Brad Friedel and his side to a draw. When full time came around, each team was held to one shot on goal and earned a point for their time on Saturday night. The battle of tactics lasted until the final whistle with Friedel making substitutions to put points on the board, and for Schmetzer making substitutions to keep them off.

Let's look at the starting 11...

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Two big changes in New England's lineup in Saturday night's match. The changes came in the midfield, where Scott Caldwell replaces Wilfried Zahibo and Kelyn Rowe takes over Krisztian Nemeth's role on the right wing. Brad Friedel opted for personnel that could cover more ground in the midfield and the rest of the 11 remained the same in comparison to last week. Teal Bunbury played as the lone forward, Cristian Penilla played on the left wing opposite of Kelyn Rowe, Diego Fagundez remained in the attacking midfield position, and the back line consisted of (from left to right back) Claude Dielna, Jalil Anibaba, Antonio Delamea, and Andrew Farrell.


Lateral play

With both teams remaining in their very similar 4-5-1 formations for the entirety of the game, the middle of the field was tight for space and time on the ball. Even when players found themselves on the ball in the midfield, it was only for a short period of time before they were being closed down and pressed.

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