Revolution

Sweeney: Four quick takeaways from a much-needed Revolution triumph

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

FOXBOROUGH — A few stray thoughts from the Revs’ 1-0 win over those Scarlet Steers from the Garden State on Saturday night, in no particular order...

Cristian Penilla has to start on Wednesday, right?

I would have to think so. Any arguments?

Penilla, along with the substitution of Juan Fernando Caicedo for Teal Bunbury, was the difference-maker for the Revolution Saturday night. And yes, it was his only shot on-target — hell, his only shot on-target in quite a while — so I don’t want this to come across like I’m pumping his tires or anything. But he challenged — dare I say punished? — that right-hand side of the Red Bulls back line with impunity.

Another reason I think Penilla has to start Wednesday? Montreal gives up soooo much space on that side, so much so that I think he can flourish and build off Saturday night. I watched L’Impact’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Philadelphia earlier today — which I will highlight more in Midweek Kick Tuesday night — and the Union exposed Bacary Sagna pretty badly. Sagna doesn’t have the pace to contain Penilla, so I'm thinking that could be a gold mine for the Ecuadorian.

Check Philly's third goal here:

If Brad Friedel wants to make it two in a row in the league — and two in a row against Montreal — he’ll start Penilla.

I think the Revs gave teams a blueprint on how to slow BWP down