BSJ Match #15 Breakdown & Review: Revolution 1, D.C. United 1 – Admirable Revs effort masked by late call

You couldn't have drawn it up to be any more crushing for the Revolution in their first bout of the season with Eastern Conference opponent D.C. United. After going down a man in the 56th minute, when Matt Turner was red carded for his challenge on Wayne Rooney, the Revolution rallied to put a goal on the board thanks to efforts from Carles Gil, Cristian Penilla, and Juan Agudelo. They held that lead almost a half hour until D.C. United was awarded a penalty kick in the 90th minute, which it converted.

Let's look at the starting 11...

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There were a couple of notable changes in the lineup on Saturday night. The most noteworthy, though, was that Juan Agudelo started in the attacking midfield instead of Diego Fagundez (the starter there for the last couple of weeks), who didn't even make the 18. Carles Gil was Agudelo's partner in the attacking midfield, while Tajon Buchanan and Cristian Penilla played on the right and left of them, respectively. Luis Caicedo took on the defensive midfield role, sitting just in front of center backs Jalil Anibaba and Andrew Farrell. Mike Lapper opted for youth at outside back, starting Brandon Bye on the right and DeJuan Jones on the left. Teal Bunbury ran in the forward role at the top of the 4-5-1. Matt Turner started in goal.


Space in the midfield: The narrative of this match wasn't all that difficult to follow and understand. D.C. would drop their back line way off from the Revolution line of contention to establish possession, and their front four (Junior Moreno and Russell Canouse mainly hover closer to the center backs) of Wayne Rooney, Lucas Rodriguez, Ulises Segura, and Luciano Acosta would make runs into space behind the Revolution's midfield to move the ball up the field. See Acosta work with Rooney to break the Revs' midfield and back line.