For the first time this season, the New England Revolution suffered back-to-back losses, which head coach Brad Friedel has stated he wanted his team to avoid at all costs this season. Diego Fagundez's penalty kick goal wasn't enough to carry the Revs to a win after Christian Ramirez and Darwin Quintero both added goals of their own to Minnesota Untied's tally.
Let's look at the starting 11...
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Andrew Farrell finds his way to the center back role the first time since the beginning of the season in lieu of Antonio Delamea's suspension. It's notable that Claude Dielna found himself pushed out of the back line entirely and to the bench, which says quite a bit about Brad Friedel's trust in the French player because of the starts he got at center back early on in the season. Brandon Bye slotted in at right back where Farrell normally plays and Gabriel Somi found himself getting the nod at left back. Wilfried Zahibo, Scott Caldwell, and Diego Fagundez played in the central midfield while Kelyn Rowe and Juan Agudelo played on the left and right wings, respectively. As usual, Teal Bunbury got the start as the lone forward.
The first goal: This was a tough thing for the Revolution to deal with coming off of a poor result against the Galaxy. For someone who has been so solid so far this season in the defensive end, Anibaba made a terribly immature mistake that resulted in a Minnesota United FC goal and a heavy weight on the shoulders of Brad Friedel and his side.
Take a look at the goal below.
The ball approached Anibaba from the air quickly off of a Loons header. The ball approached him quickly and at an odd angle, so it was clear that Anibaba was deciding whether or not to let the ball go over his head, attempt to head the ball back into the midfield, or to head the ball back to Matt Turner. Anibaba chose the third option and was far too high for that to be a good option.
Christian Ramirez easily danced onto the bouncing ball and chipped Turner. For those who may claim that Turner was out of position, I disagree. I say this because if Ramirez were to take another touch -- which happens more often than a chip shot -- he would have been in great position to cut down Ramirez's angle. This goal doesn't fall on Turner whatsoever.
Front-six lack production: Although, Rowe earned the penalty and Fagundez buried it, the front six didn't do much to contribute to offensive production. The Revolution generated 11 total key passes during the game, and only four of those were produced by players in the front six (Rowe had two, Fagundez had one, and Nemeth had one).
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I think a large part of that was because Cristian Penilla wasn't in the lineup against the Loons. Penilla does a couple of things for the Revolution's attack: 1)