Last night in front of 10,487 people, the New England Revolution came out of the gate with a ferocious pace against visiting San Jose Earthquakes. Unlike the weather, the pace of the Revolution was tamed. On a cold, wet, and windy New England evening, the New England offense was chilled in time as an oddly entertaining game went on.
For the first half the Foxboro side, who looked to improve upon a league-best six match home winning streak, dominated the ball and completely controlled the tempo of the match. Despite having normal starters like Kei Kamara, Josh Smith, and Xavier Kouassi out there, the Revolution appears to play with good chemistry. The game was played with a blistering pace that could only match that of a Champions League match. We saw an incredible amount of chances in the first 45 minutes, however no one was able to find the back of the net. Kelyn Rowe, who played in his 162nd career match which is good for 8th most in club history, had several of the better chances in the half but was unfortunately unable to score.
We’d enter the second half scoreless, and we’d see more of the same early in this half. The tempo would change, however, when the Revolution subbed Kei Kamara on for Daigo Kobayashi, who took a wicked knock earlier, in the 52nd minute. As Kei Kamara came on, the fans would see the two highest active scorers in the MLS, Chris Wondolowski and Kei Kamara, attempt to put their club ahead. Alas, neither was able to do so.
San Jose was able to start their three-game road trip, which features matches at New England, Houston, and Montreal, with their first road point of the season.
The Revolution midfield did an excellent job of controlling the ball for the majority of the game, however them along with the forwards were unable to put the ball past the San Jose keeper. At times it appeared as if the team was hesitant to take a shot, even though they were able to get 15 shots off.
The bright side for the Revs? Cody Cropper and the back four were able to secure the clubs second clean sheet of the season, making back-to-back clean sheets in home matches. Going forward, if the club is able to maintain this defensive intensity as well as find the back of the net, they’ll be in good shape. Supporters will hope that they’re able to do that on Saturday against DC United.