With the Revolution season beginning on March 4th and preseason beginning just next week against Minnesota United FC, the team has begun preparations for the year. With many returning players like Lee Nguyen and Diego Fagundez as well as new players like Antonio Mlinar Delamea, the Revolution are hoping to improve on last year, in which they didn’t make the playoffs. The 25-year old Slovenian international, Delamea, is looking to make a major impact as a centre back for the Revs this year.
Several other new players also looking to make a major impact this year. Brain Wright, the Revs’ pick in the 1st round of the SuperDraft this year, is looking to help improve New England’s offensive attack.
Wright isn’t the only player from the SuperDraft looking to impress with the Revolution this year. Napo Matsoso, who was the Revs pick in the 2nd round this year, is an excellent attacking midfielder from the University of Kentucky. The young man from Lesotho has excellent ball control and will without doubt be an asset on the attacking end of the Revs game.
A trio of returning players are the main reason to be excited as a New England fan, though. Lee Nguyen, Juan Agudelo, and Diego Fagundez are all looking to be driving forces this year for the Revs.
Despite the fact that Lee Nguyen is coming off of a down-season, he has still been the Revs best player for the past few years. Luckily, his down-season is still considered a good season for most players, he notched a team-leading 10 assists last year. If he is to make a resurgence as a goal scorer this year then the Revs could be in great shape.
Juan Agudelo, who was the Revs Golden Boot winner last season, may be riding more momentum than anyone else on the squad. Earlier this month the 25-year old was called to USMNT training. If Agudelo is able to use this opportunity to improve his play, he could be in for a massive season.
However, if you’re looking for someone to get excited about this season, look no further than the Revs’ own academy product, Diego Fagundez. The 21-year old Uruguayan international became the youngest player ever to play 100 matches and score 25 goals in the MLS last season and will only be getting better. Having grown up in Massachusetts I can think of no one better to lead the revolution this season.
If the team is able to get together easily and play to their full potential, I see no reason as to why the Revs wouldn’t make a deep run this year.