Sweeney: Bunbury, Penilla did as they were told, and made a difference

Adam Richins for BSJ

FOXBOROUGH — Over the season-plus of Brad Friedel’s tenure as Revolution manager, fans lamented — constantly lamented — the gaffer’s substitution patterns. It was flummoxing to many, hair-losing to some, and for more than a few, caused sales at their local package store to skyrocket on Saturday nights.

And on a few occasions so far during the start of the Bruce Arena Era, that has happened, too: some have wanted to tap Arena on the shoulder and say, “Hey, you know you can use all three subs, right?”

On Saturday, Arena did get to use all three — part in parcel of the Revolution coming away with a 2-1 win over visiting Houston.

The first came in the 57th minute, as Diego Fagundez — who has still yet to score in 2019, but came close early — came off in favor of Teal Bunbury.