For the New England Revolution, this season will -- and should -- be seen as a success after falling to Atlanta United FC in Round 1 of the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs. After 70 minutes of battling and keeping one of the league's best clubs honest, the Colonial jerseys conceded a goal that buried their hopes of advancing past Atlanta and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. After Franco Escobar rifled a shot past Matt Turner, the Revs looked deflated and only generated two chances for the remaining 25 minutes of play.
Let's look at the starting 11...
[caption id="attachment_538960" align="aligncenter" width="429"] Headshots from revolutionsoccer.net.[/caption]
A couple of interesting moves from Arena ahead of the Round 1 playoff game on Saturday afternoon. The first one was Scott Caldwell, getting the nod in the center midfield alongside Wilfried Zahibo. The other was DeJuan Jones receiving his first career playoff spot at left back, starting with Antonio Delamea (left center back), Andrew Farrell (right center back), and Brandon Bye (right back). Carles Gil started out on the right wing and Cristian Penilla started on the left wing. Gustavo Bou and Teal Bunbury played as the forwards. Matt Turner started in goal.
If you remember the last week of the season, the theme of the game was that the Revolution attempted to press, but their press was leaky and it wasn't coherent. Thus, Atlanta built out of the press and generally sent their front players with ease.
This week, however, the Revolution were more organized in pressing Atlanta, making it more difficult for them to build out of the back. On multiple occasions (the middle of the 3rd minute, the 22nd minute mark, and the middle of the 36th minute were the best examples), Arena's side pressed well enough to force Atlanta's players across the back (it was Brad Guzan, most of the time) to clear the ball out of any potential danger stemming from the press.
Just after the start of the 27th minute, the home team was