BSJ Match #23 Breakdown & Review: Revolution 4, Orlando 1 – Revs win the midfield and roll over Orlando

The Revolution matched up well on the field against Orlando's 4-3-3. Bruce Arena's 4-5-1 allowed his players to fade in and out of the midfield to outnumber the opponent. This overwhelmed Orlando and allowed time and space for New England to create in front of them, breaking them down with quality off-ball movement and passes that put them in behind the backline. The result was a resounding victory for the home team, which put them three points closer to the top of the conference table.

Let's look at the starting 11...

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Now that Gustavo Bou and Bruce Arena are settling in with the club, it seems as though we're seeing the unit that will receive most of the starts through the back half of the season. Across the back, it was Edgar Castillo at left back, Antonio Delamea at left center back, Andrew Farrell at right center back, and Brandon Bye at right back. The midfield was occupied by Luis Caicedo, Wilfried Zahibo, and Gustavo Bou, with Carles Gil and Cristian Penilla playing on the right and left wings, respectively. Teal Bunbury played on the front in the lone forward position, and Matt Turner got the nod in goal.


A look at the midfield: Much of this game was won because of the play in the midfield.