The stage was set. The New England Revolution rode an 11-game unbeaten streak, welcoming a league-leading opponent to Gillette, and a healthy roster to get the result that they -- and the region of New England -- wanted. The only problem was that LAFC was too disciplined and positionally sound to allow that to happen. For the first time since May 8th, the Revolution couldn't find a way to leave a game with a point. Let's dive into the why.
Let's look at the starting 11...
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Nothing very surprising here. Bruce Arena has definitely found a core that he likes to start on the pitch with the current roster that he has, especially given the assignments of Justin Rennicks and Isaac Angking earlier this week. 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. Juan Agudelo and Gustavo Bou played center midfield in front of Luis Caicedo, who played a more holding role. Cristian Penilla and Carles Gil played the left and right wings, respectively. Teal Bunbury got the start at the top of the formation, and Matt Turner started at the bottom.
Missing a man (theoretically): I recently covered Bou's role on both ends of the pitch, noting that he hasn't shown to do much on the defensive side of the ball. This observation held true against the league's current 1st place team and it killed the team. LAFC has a good enough midfield as it is, they don't need another advantage in there to allow them to produce and put their group in the best spot to win the game. But Bou allowed that extra advantage by playing very high as an attacking midfielder and leaving the other midfielders (Agudelo and Caicedo) out to dry.