After a stressful week for the organization, the players on the field turned the energy around under interim head coach Mike Lapper. Their approach to the game felt similar to their approach to most games in 2018, with some minor differences. San Jose kept most of the ball throughout the game but they weren't able to make anything of it, while the Revolution took advantage of their time in possession.
Let's look at the starting 11...
[caption id="attachment_507002" align="aligncenter" width="428"] Headshots from revolutionsoccer.net.[/caption]
This week's lineup looked awfully similar to what this club would've thrown on the pitch in 2018. Teal Bunbury got the nod at the lone forward spot, leading the way in front of Juan Agudelo and Cristian Penilla, who played on the right and left wings, respectively. The midfield was slightly different than what it looked like last year, as Lapper decided to go with two attacking midfielders, Carles Gil and Diego Fagundez. Luis Caicedo was the third central midfielder but he -- as expected -- played a more defensive role. Brandon Bye also returned to the 11 at right back and Andrew Farrell started a right center back. Jalil Anibaba was the other center back with Edgar Castillo to his left. Matt Turner received his second straight start in goal.
Patience on the ball: In the postgame press conference, Lapper said that he wanted his players to go out and have fun on the pitch against San Jose in Gillette on Saturday night, and it looked like they took that to heart. Their typical passing style feels predictable, uninspired, and cookie-cutter. On Saturday, though, they didn't seem as rushed as they normally are in the attacking third.
Normally the Revs only make a couple of passes in the attacking third before they play a service, or turn the ball over on a forced pass. But there was an unexpected patience on the ball against the Earthquakes. From the jump, Gil and Fagundez set the tone with composed play and the other players in blue shirts seemed to replicate that energy by moving purposefully off of the ball and not hesitating to get the ball off of their foot for a simple pass that keeps possession. Look at this segment