5 Bold Predictions For New England Revolution’s 2014 MLS Season
5 Bold Predictions For 2014 Season
If you were asked to describe the New England Revolution in two words, “young and talented” would more than likely be the first words out of your mouth. The 2013 Revolution team proved that not only could the squad run with the big boys, but scoring goals was finally becoming a consistent habit.
As an MLS fan, it was nice to see a team make the playoffs outside the normal grouping that have dominated the postseason the past three years. Even though the team did not win their matchup against Sporting Kansas City, the message that New England sent was heard around the world.
Seeing players like Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe and Lee Nguyen absolutely burst onto the grand stage of MLS soccer made critics realize that this team from Boston may actually be a threat. When you take into account that the Revolution went out and drafted one of the best classes in the in the history of the Super Draft, it makes you want to take notice of where this squad is headed in the next several seasons.
By mixing Patrick Mullins, Steve Neumann and Fagundez all into one attacking side, you find yourself with three prolific goal scorers. Mullins is by far the steal of the draft, and how lucky for a team like New England who has recently had trouble putting the ball in the back of the net to be the ones that draft him. Personally, I do not feel that he should have ever fallen all the way to No. 11, but Revolution fans are extremely thankful.
With opening day just a few short weeks away, Revolution fans can already start to smell the success brewing in Foxboro. This year has all the right tools to be a tremendous success, not only in the Eastern Conference, but also all the way to MLS Cup 2014.
One thing fans and critics love to do is make “bold” predictions on how teams will end up and several different stories will unfold throughout the season. Here for you now are five bold predictions for the 2014 Revolution season.
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5. Steve Neumann Will Be An Instant Success
The first pick by the Revolution in the 2014 Super Draft will do his very best to secure a starting position right away, if not a solid rotation player. Steve Neumann was one of the very best at the midfield position while in college. If he can continue his run if terrific success, he will make New England an incrediblly hard team to beat.
4. Charlie Davies Will Finally Find His Scoring Touch
If there was any player on this team that needed to find their scoring touch, it would be Charlie Davies. The guy has been through so much and definitely deserves a shot at seeing some solid minutes for the Revs during the 2014 season. Luckily for Davies, he has a terrific supporting cast to help set him up for numerous goal scoring opportunities this season.
3. Revolution Will Make Conference Championship Run
Let’s all be honest about this one, I know it can happen and you know it can happen. This team is full of young, dynamic, goal-scoring playmakers. If this squad can stay healthy, you will not want to be facing them come playoff time.
Last season was the first year the Revs had made the playoffs since 2009. Coach Jay Heaps will be looking to reproduce much of the same success the team had in 2013 and apply it to this year’s squad.
2. Patrick Mullins Will Win Rookie Of The Year
No other rookie has the kind of chance to be an immediate force like Mullins. Landing on a squad of brilliant playmakers gives him everything and more he needs to succeed. Pair him up top with Davies or Fagundez and you have a forward that can score at least 10 goals this season. He did not win back-to-back Hermann trophies by sitting on the field and picking daises, no sir. This man knows how to score a goal and score goals he will.
1. Diego Fagundez Will Score 20 Goals
This may sound like a redundant statement, but honestly, take all of the young talent on the Revolution and let them run wild and great things will happen. Fagundez scored a career high 13 goals in 2013 and is more than capable of scoring at least another five to seven goals on top of that. This guy is fast, unpredictable and an absolute sensation to watch play. If he plays his cards right, we could see him in the US National Team camp in the next year or so.
What a difference a player like Fagundez would make for Team USA. He already has changed the face of the Revolution and I promise it will not take long for him to change the face of our national team.