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Revolution Match #2 Breakdown: Revolution 1, Chicago 1 – Arena and company struggle to find identity

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Although one of the new guys got his name on the scoresheet, the Revolution didn't get the points they would have liked in their 2020 home opener. Adam Buksa opened the scoring in the first half when he turned a simple cross from Brandon Bye into a high probability scoring chance; which he converted on. Similarly, the Chicago Fire turned a simple cross into an equalizer when Jonathan Bornstein flicked a service from Djordje Mihailovic beyond the reach of Brad Knighton.

Let's look at the starting 11...

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Two changes in the starting 11 this week as Wilfried Zahibo got the nod over Scott Caldwell in the midfield with Diego Fagundez, and Brad Knighton slid in the goal for Matt Turner (injury). Adam Buksa and Gustavo Bou remained the two forwards, with Teal Bunbury and Cristian Penilla running on the wings. The back four stayed exactly the way it was against Montreal with DeJuan Jones at left back, Henry Kessler at left center back, Andrew Farrell at right center back, and Brandon Bye at right back.

TAKEAWAYS

Two teams, no identity

I'll start by sharing one of my tweets during the game on Saturday...

https://twitter.com/tcbenedetto/status/1236378268737077251

That tweet came towards the end of the game after both goals were scored and the feel of the game made it seem like it was destined to end in a draw. From the first whistle to the last, neither team was able to establish themselves as a unit. Neither team developed any particular pattern of play and both teams were generating their chances after taking advantage of bouncing/sloppy play in the middle third of the field, and going at the other team's disorganized back line.

Looking at the back half of the game alone you can see that all of Chicago's chances were a result of just that. Take a look at the origin of their chances below.