Revolution

Sweeney: Five soccer takeaways from Saturday’s action

FOXBOROUGH — A few thoughts, musings, and wonderment from the world of soccer on Saturday…

I really thought the Revolution lacked urgency in the first half Saturday

Some may disagree with me — Bruce Arena certainly did in the post-match presser — but even with 57 percent possession, it didn’t feel like the Revs wanted Saturday night’s match with Real Salt Lake, which finished in a scoreless draw.

The facts: the Revolution had no shots on target in the first 45 minutes, with the closest New England came to scoring was a Carles Gil curler that caromed off the top of the crossbar in front of the Banner End.

The first half, while the Revs owned the possession, was not an attractive advert for the sport. People want to see goals, as well as scoring chances. And just because you can own the match with the possession numbers, it doesn’t mean you’re the better team (ask former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger that and see type of response you get).

New England did better in the second half —