BSJ Match #26 Breakdown & Review: Revolution 1, Timbers 1 — Revs miss on opportunity for three points

(David Silverman/Revolution)

The New England Revolution continued their winless streak on Saturday night after Lawrence Olum of the Portland Timbers spoiled the party at Gillette Stadium late in the second half. Brad Friedel and Co. appeared to be in control for most of the game in more ways than one, but proved helpless against yet another opponent's set piece.

Let's look at the starting 11...

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Friedel made three changes in Saturday night's game, all in the midfield. Juan Agudelo, Cristhian Machado, and MLS All-Star Wilfried Zahibo found their way to the bench while Teal Bunbury, Scott Caldwell, and Kelyn Rowe played in front of them, respectively. The rest of the front six remained the same as Cristian Penilla, Luis Caicedo, and Diego Fagundez held their spots in the 11. The back four was also unchanged with Andrew Farrell, Michael Mancienne, Jalil Anibaba, and Brandon Bye making up the back four, from left to right.


A possession-based approach

The Revolution played with a fairly different approach on Saturday night. They ran with purpose off the ball and dominated possession in the first 20 minutes of the game. The reason this may have been the case was because of Portland's approach to the game.

To start, Gio Savarese didn't include Diego Valeri and Diego Chara in his starting 11, presumably because