#SoccerSaturdays: New England Revolution Quest For The Cup Starts Today!
The wait is finally over for many of us New England Revolution fans as the MLS is back!
Yes, the MLS season is finally back and so are the Revolution. During this years’ offseason, Revolution’s manager Bruce Arena took on a few reinforcements needed for this years’ team. Based on the reinforcements, bringing experience and adding depth to a team that can capitalize with those strengths.
I think it’s fair to say as well, that this year the excitement for New England’s fanbase has been refueled due to last years’ playoff run when everyone counted the Revolution out. If you are a serious sports fan, you know that when it comes to New England, you should never count them out that soon!
So what can we expect from this years’ Revolution? Let’s start with some of the major names brought in to reinforce the team a bit.
AJ DeLaGarza: Free Agency Signing – Defense
Bruce Arena’s early needs where around the defense and he looked to bolster it but also find an experienced leader to that back four, this is exactly where AJ fits! AJ brings consistency, and huge improvements to the back four bringing flexibility in his skills as well as having the experience of winning MLS Cup titles. Looking forward to AJ’s talent and can’t wait to see him on the pitch. In the meantime….
🎶 Reunited and it feels so good 🎶
Welcome to the club, @AJD_20!#NERevs
— New England Revolution (@NERevolution) January 7, 2021
Wilfred Kaptoum: Midfielder
Another exciting addition during the off season! Kaptoum comes to the Revolution bringing an European flair having expertise from playing in the Spanish La Liga. Yes, the Cameroonian played in FC Barcelona (2015) and on Real Betis (2018). At 24 years old, not only is his youth a giant element for the midfield. His youth also brings speed, talent and experience and another one I truly can’t wait to see it!
Additional signings: Ema Boateng, Arnor Traustason, Christian Mafla.
The Season Starts Today!
New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire FC.
A great match ahead to start the season.
In my personal opinion, I think this could be an opportunity to see Revolution unveil a 4-3-3 formation. In the back, we are counting with the incredible talents from Matt Turner in net. We all saw how good Matt can truly be and he showed the world he’s got it as he played for the USMNT.
Additionally, in the midfield we can count with the creative mindset and powerful offense of Gustavo Bou! Then, there is the likes of Tajon Buchanan. The 22 year old Canadian continues to show incredible growth and even has the eye of big European teams as his development continues to show. Buchanan would also be pairing up with Carles Gil, the 28 year old Spaniard delivers an incredibly creative and driven offensive game that suits up perfectly for a finisher like Bou and Teal Bunbury.
For the Revolution, if they can manage to give Bou Buksa and Bunbury an opportunity to their thing upfront and supported by Gil, Buchanan and Polstar it would certainly be a great setting for a successful and lethal attack against Chicago Fire.
Meanwhile for the Chicago Fire, the offseason injuries picked up by several of their players will probably be a big issue. However, even with those injuries Revolution have got to be careful with the the threat presented by a forward like Fabian Herbers and their 18 year old stud, Alex Monis.
Overall, I think Revolution will manage just fine to walk away with a victory here. My score prediction is 2-1 New England.
Prediction for the Season.
Now that I have covered my predictions for the first game of the season, it’s over to predicting what the record could be this season.
Revolution’s schedule features 34 games where in several occasions they will face some of the toughest teams in the MLS like Atlanta United, Philadelphia Union, Columbus Crew, Inter Miami and New York City FC. However, as I mentioned previously this years’ Revolution roster truly gives one of the best chances for this team to win.
Bruce Arena did a fantastic job with what was given to him to set this team for success. At this point, it truly comes down to Perfomance and fan support. Overall though, the Revolution have a chance to have a 16-8-10 record bringing them deep into the playoffs, final bound!
Good luck New England, this is your year! LET’S GO REVS!
~Diego Galvis (@Diego_TheDJ on Twitter)