By the end of the first half, it appeared that New England still hadn't woken up from the bus ride to Harrison. They began the game in a 3-5-2 and made a couple of tactical changes that put them back in the game. The team put together a great transition effort in the second half to bring them back from a 1-0 deficit, which left New York Red Bulls fans leaving the stadium deflated.
Let's look at the starting 11...
[caption id="attachment_526472" align="aligncenter" width="429"] Headshots from revolutionsoccer.net.[/caption]
Although the formation didn't last long, the Revs started this one in a 3-5-2. From left to right, Jalil Anibaba, Michael Mancienne, and Brandon Bye played across the back, with Edgar Castillo and Juan Agudelo playing the outside midfield (wing back) role. Luis Caicedo and Scott Caldwell played in the midfield, trading defensive midfield roles throughout the match, while Carles Gil played the attacking center midfield role. Teal Bunbury and Gustavo Bou played as dual forwards, and Matt Turner started in goal.
Note: Please forgive the media in the breakdown this week. My film replay was blacked out so I had to record the TV screen with my phone.
A note on the 3-5-2
We saw Bruce Arena's 3-5-2 last week and we noticed the importance of the wing backs, particularly in their decision-making (when to get forward and when to sink back into five across the back line). But this week, I noticed something that looked a little more established with the formation -- something that looked as if they spent more time covering it in training this week.