Early into preseason training, the Revs suited up for their first preseason match of the season. The Revolution faced off with Minnesota United FC, who were getting their very first taste of the MLS ever. The Revolution sent out a squad of XI that included several potential starters, including Fagundez, Tierney, Delamea, Wright, and Bunbury.
However, it wasn’t just MNUFC playing in their first MLS action, the Revs sent out some new faces as well. Brian Wright and Napo Matsoso both got the start in today’s game for the New England side. Right away, Wright was able to make a difference by earning a penalty in the 12th minute. Unfortunately Teal Bunbury was unable to capitalize for the team.
At the half Minnesota held a 1-0 lead by beating goalie Matt Turner for a goal. The Revs did have a chance to tie just before half off of a corner kick, but Delamea’s hit it wide.
Since this is the preseason, the Revolution were able to put out a nearly entirely different lineup. This half’s lineup included the likes of Lee Nguyen, Kei Kamara, and American international, Cody Cropper in the goal. In this half, the Revolution showed a bit more spark and a stronger attack. Kelyn Rowe, Donnie Smith, and Kei Kamara led an excellent attack this half, climaxing when Kei scored off of a cross from Donnie Smith. The game would go on to end in a 1-1 draw.
So what did we learn today?
We learned that Kamara, Nguyen, and Rowe seem to have excellent confidence. We also have to give Cooper the edge in the goalkeeping competition as he made several excellent saves. To add to that, newcomers Brian Wright and Antonio Mlinar Delamea seemed to have fit in very well with the squad in their first appearances. Also, if you’re worried about them for any reason keep in mind that they were playing without American international, Juan Agudelo.