It was a matter of inches against the Union on Monday night. After trailing for most of the game, Tajon Buchanan was able to bring things close enough for the momentum to swing in the Revolution's direction. They came close to equalizing a couple of times after that, but it wasn't enough to salvage a point in a game that looked far out of reach when the away team scored their second.
Let's look at the starting 11...
[caption id="attachment_589318" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Headshots from revolutionsoccer.net.[/caption]
This lineup felt a bit more like Bruce Arena he wanted to test his side against one of the better opponents in the Eastern Conference because most of the consistent starters (minus Gustavo Bou) found their way back into the lineup. Adam Buksa started as the lone forward while Teal Bunbury and Tajon Buchanan started as the wingers. The midfield was made up of Lee Nguyen in the attacking role, with Scott Caldwell and Tommy McNamara playing just below him. Across the back (from left to right), it was Alexander Buttner, Henry Kessler, Andrew Farrell, and DeJuan Jones. Matt Turner started in goal.
Lack of hold up play
If you were watching as a fan it must've been frustrating to watch this team try to get things going against their opponent; in the first half especially. It wasn't that they weren't able to get on the ball and ping it around a little bit, but they were really struggling to create anything productive going forward.
[caption id="attachment_589470" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Graphic from mlssoccer.com.[/caption]
A significant reason why that was happening was because of the attacking players' failure to maintain any kind of hold-up play. Credit to Philadelphia's center backs because they were very physical in their play (they were likely prepared for it because of athletic players like Bunbury and Buksa running up top) and didn't make anything easy on the Revolution attacking players.
Take a look at the example below.