Rennicks, Buchanan gave Revolution offense a ‘spark’ in their MLS debuts

FOXBOROUGH — Brad Friedel wasn’t too pleased with the offensive performance by his Revolution squad during the first half Saturday.

“First half, quite poor, to be honest with you,” Friedel said after the Revs fell, 2-0, to Columbus in the home opener. “There wasn’t a lot of life in the game, from either side. They had one attempt at goal, and we had one attempt at goal. We weren’t aggressive enough defensively and we weren’t moving the ball quick enough.”

There were a couple of things about that first half: the first 10 minutes saw The Boys In Blue have a good chunk of the possession, and kept the ball in the Banner End even without possession. When they lost the ball, they worked to reclaim it. Juan Agudelo’s hold-up play as the No. 9 was good during that spell, but that disappeared. And over on the left flank, Cristian Penilla found himself double-teamed by the combination of Will Trapp and Harrison Afful, and only generated the solo shot on goal during the first 45.

Yet as the halftime strains of Africa faded and gave rise to Joker and the Thief, Friedel sent Diego Fagundez and Justin Rennicks to the touchline. The two Homegrown players -- the first and the latest -- would replace Penilla and Agudelo, respectively, as the Revs headed toward The Fort.

For Fagundez, coming into the game is old hat. He’s done it before.

For Rennicks, it was something new — it was the South Hamilton native’s MLS debut.