Sweeney: In his first appearance in a year and a half, Cody Cropper gave the Revs exactly what was needed

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FOXBOROUGH — Since the end of the 2017 season, Cody Cropper has been in a bit of goalkeeper purgatory, if you will.

The last time the Maple Grove, Minn. native pulled on the starter’s jersey for the Revolution? That came on Sept. 27 that year, with The Boys In Blue getting absolutely annihilated by Orlando City SC that night, 6-1. It was a full two weeks after that abysmal showing against Atlanta United, and Cropper had been in goal on that particular night, too.

After a year-plus, a total of 42 matches in both competitions, of watching Matt Turner and Brad Knighton start ahead of him — and being the subject of transfer bait rumor this past offseason — Cropper found his number called by Revs manager Brad Friedel to pull on his No. 1 jersey with Minnesota United FC in town Saturday afternoon.

And with nerves of steel, Cropper delivered.

Cropper crossed 2,700 minutes played in MLS and came up with two saves to hand the Revolution their first win of the season, a 2-1 triumph over the Loons in front of an announced 10,567.

In his first post-match presser for some time, the 26-year-old noted that watching matches from the club seats or from home has “been a grind mentally, physically, and emotionally.”