Revolution

BSJ Match #34 Breakdown & Review: Revolution 1, Atlanta 3 – Atlanta break Revs with composure on the ball

The New England Revolution struggled to contain the Atlanta United FC attack for 90 minutes and eventually fell by two goals when the final whistle sounded. At times, the Revs looked sharp on the ball but they couldn't produce enough to hang even with the Five Stripes.

Let's look at the starting 11...

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New England started in their normal 4-4-2. Teal Bunbury and Gustavo Bou played as the forwards while Cristian Penilla and Carles Gil played on the wings. Luis Caicedo and Wilfried Zahibo played in the center midfield. Across the back, it was Jalil Anibaba at left back, Antonio Delamea at left center back, Andrew Farrell at right center back, and Brandon Bye at right back. Matt Turner started in goal.

TAKEAWAYS

Atlanta's defense

New England did well to respond offensively after conceding a goal in the first three minutes of the game. Penilla was able to convert on a breakaway that came from a counterattack. Otherwise, the Revolution were largely shut down by an Atlanta team that played conservatively in its own end.