The last-minute woes continue for Brad Friedel and his boys as they played their way into yet another result that should have been a win. The New England Revolution traveled down to Orlando to take on the Lions and dropped two points after scoring and conceding three goals.
Let's look at the starting 11...
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There was one major change in the lineup on Saturday night, and it occurred in a position that surprised many: Teal Bunbury found himself on the bench while Diego Fagundez assumed the lone forward role. Cristian Penilla and Juan Agudelo played on the left and right wings, respectively. The center midfield had a physical presence of all shapes and sizes in Luis Caicedo, Wilfried Zahibo, and Scott Caldwell. The back line remained mostly untouched with Andrew Farrell, Antonio Delamea, and Jalil Anibaba. Brandon Bye made his debut starting at left back in place of Claude Dielna and Gabriel Somi.
The return of the high press
Brad Friedel and his players looked like their early-in-the-season selves with the way they pressed in the first half. From the initial whistle, the front six Revolution players did a great job of pressing high as a unit. Without the correct work rate from everyone, the press is broken down easily and can end up being a bigger weakness than a strength. Fagundez did a great job of positioning himself well to disrupt the Orlando City defenders. At one point, he nearly earned a goal on a turnover on top of Orlando's own box.
The press itself looked much more like the press we saw in the very beginning of the season against opponents like New York City FC and Houston. The line was held high and it made Orlando's simplest tasks much more difficult. The line was held approximately 10-15 yards above Orlando's box and forced Orlando's midfielders to work much harder to assist their center backs in breaking down the Revolution's formation.
The personnel change
The removal of Teal Bunbury from the starting 11 appeared to be a very intelligent move on Friedel's part.