Sweeney: Four takeaways from the Revolution-Red Bulls draw

Only a few takeaways today as we really try to find something to, you know, talk about:

Gosh, that first half was forgettable

No one’s going to write sonnets about the first 45 minutes Saturday, which saw the Revolution fall behind, 1-0, after only 18 minutes. Another game, another early goal allowed. Entering Saturday, New England was 1-8-1 when surrendering the first goal of the game.

If anything, Revs fans can violently delete the game from their DVRs, seeing as there’s no way that the game film will go to the National Soccer Hall of Fame for posterity’s sake. If the Revs were bad (72 percent passing accuracy), the Red Bulls weren’t necessarily better, either. The hosts were at 75 percent passing accuracy, and had a few extra percentage points in possession (54.9-45.1).

I had called it rather dreadful, and I showed the Revs’ passing map for the first half. Plenty of you agreed with me. It was giveaway after giveaway — but also give extreme amounts of credit, no matter how much it pains you, to the New York defending. The Red Bulls’ backline had the Revolution scratching their heads quite a bit, and really took both Gustavo Bou and Carles Gil out of their games.

Even Bruce Arena was displeased with the first-half effort.

Something switched on in the second half