With the preseason now officially concluded following Saturday’s 2-1 win over KR Reykjavik, we will soon turn our attention to the start of the regular season. But before we do that, we need to go over the last week-plus of what happened in Florida.
Some may want to avert their eyes. Some may want to reach for the headache tonic of their choice. For the most part, this is grim reading. There are only a few positives, though, headed into the season, which we will touch base on.
Why does it always have to be at the back post?
The Revs found themselves beaten at the back post a couple of times in recent days; switching the point of attack saw Matt Turner flail at a cross in Saturday for Reykjavik’s equalizer, and seconds before, a pass toward that back post was just offline, and that should have been a certain equalizer.
And there was plenty in the next entry that Brad Friedel has to address that has the supporters flummoxed.
Simply put, New England needs to tighten up on back post runners. I can see many a team taking advantage of that (still), especially if they have some speed up top and on the wing.
As for some of the things I liked Saturday: Wilfried Zahibo played very well in the defensive midfield for his 70 minutes, as well as whenever Carles Gil was on the ball; Teal Bunbury was more on the wing, so I’m wondering how that plays out; Zach Herivaux was tough on the ball during his 20 minutes, and I have to tip the cap to the team for not buckling after the leveler, and good heads-up play by Luis Caicedo to tap in DeJuan Jones’ cross for the eventual late winner.
Wednesday’s 6-2 drubbing at the hands of Orlando City SC should have never happened.