All you need to know about the Revolution’s win over Montreal to kickoff of the MLS Is Back tournament in quickie form, complete with BSJ insight and analysis:
Pro sports are back for New England: It wasn't exactly the Patriots or the Red Sox, but the Revolution kicking off in the MLS tournament was a big milestone and one hurdle cleared as it signified that live pro sports were back in New England for the first time since the pandemic hit in mid-March. Next up will be the MLB, then NBA and finally the NHL, with NFL training camps possible in between.
DPs make all the difference: The Revolution had their three designated players — basically the franchise players in other sports parlance; players making the most money — on the field for the first time: Carles Gil, Gustavo Bou and Adam Buksa, and it made a huge difference. Gil was terrific distributing the ball (franchise-high 12 chances created), Bou finally found his finish in the 56th minute and was dangerous throughout, and Buksa was solid. Those three players gave the Revolution the kind of top-flight talent they've been missing in recent years.
Turner saves the game: The Revolution were cruising towards three points as Montreal couldn't muster much of any attack, and then New England relaxed for a moment and it nearly cost them two crucial points. Montreal's Bailou Tabla found some space in the final minute of stoppage time and was free to get off a left-footed rocket that appeared to be going for the lower right side of the Revolution net, but Matt Turner stayed on his game and deflected the ball just past the post to save the Revs' bacon. Turner had to make just two saves, but both were high quality.
"It was a great save," said Bruce Arena. "What a crime it would have been if we walked off this field with one point today. I thought we had opportunities to score a number of goals. It's nice to see in the 97th minute of the game that your goalkeeper's concentration is where it needs to be and he comes up with a big save. That would not happen with most goalkeepers. That was an outstanding save."
— New England Revolution (@NERevolution) July 10, 2020
Farrell unable to start: Andrew Farrell, who just received a contract extension, was questionable with a quad and wasn't able to go. But Arena said Farrell should be back for the next match in a week.