5 Key Players to New England Revolution’s 2014 MLS Season
5 Key Players to New England's 2014 MLS Season
Since 1996, the New England Revolution have always been a team of tradition and talented players. From the good old days of when players like Taylor Twellman, Steve Ralston, Clint Dempsey and Alexi Lalas dawned the red, white and blue for the Revs, each one of these players has been crucial to the organization's continued success.
New England has been built from the bottom up just like any other MLS team. Not all teams have had the pleasure of fielding quality talent. Each MLS team goes through hardships during the course of their existence -- just ask teams like the Miami Fusion and Dallas Burn. New England has benefited tremendously from great coaching and players that knew what it took to be successful in this fast-growing league.
The Revolution may find themselves being the main focus in the league going into this 2014 season for several reasons, one of which is the amount of young and talented players the team possesses Coach Jay Heaps has truly outdone himself with bringing in the proper players to make this organization just as successful as when Steve Nicol was in charge.
The expectations for this 2014 team are exceptionally high due largely in part to surprise run the Revs made in the playoffs last season. Since their Eastern Conference semifinal loss to Sporting Kansas City, New England has done nothing but get better across the board
With all of these talented players on the roster, it can be hard to figure out who the important players will be to help led the team to success this season. Obviously, each player in incredibly important, but for the Revolution, there are five distinguished members who will play a tremendous part in the club's success in 2014.
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5. Lee Nguyen
The pacey, possession-oriented attacking midfielder for the Revolution is going to one of the many catalysts for the team in 2014. Nguyen has played two seasons with New England and has nine goals and nine assists in 63 games. Living under the shadow of Fagundez and Rowe, his abilities are top-class and make him one of the best midfielders in MLS. His consistent play is unprecedented and incredibly hard to stop. Nguyen will be looking to help bring the Revolution back into to the MLS Cup playoffs by dishing out numerous assists in 2014.
4. Teal Bunbury
One player that every New England fan should be keeping a consistent eye on as the season progresses is Teal Bunbury. After a two-goal preseason performance, Bunbury has found his goal scoring ways once again. His presence in the Revolution offense will be a huge determining factor how well the team does this season.
3. Jose Goncalves
It certainly did not take long for the Portuguese international to make his mark on MLS in 2013. Jose Goncalves was named the Revolution club captain, the 2013 MLS Defender of the Year and was a MLS Best XI selection. With all of these accolades in just his first season, Goncalves is going to be a force to be reckoned with in 2014. His presence on the Revolution back-line with Andrew Farrell will make a tremendous difference in the team wants to remain a force in the Eastern Conference.
2. Kelyn Rowe
Rowe is one of the league’s most dangerous and exciting players to watch going into the 2014 season. His coming out season last year placed his name among the best midfielders in MLS. Rowe’s ability to strike from distance makes him incredibly versatile and exceptionally dangerous. In 2013, Rowe netted seven goals and assisted on eight goals, raising his career totals to 10 goals and 13 assists. If his play continues to escalate, it would be great to see him on the US National team squad in the coming years.
1. Diego Fagundez
The man, the myth, the legend, Diego Fagundez. The attacking midfielder dominated MLS in 2013, scoring 13 goals and assisting seven goals. Fagundez is one of the league’s brightest stars and by being so young, the potential for his career is absolutely endless. One player does not make a team successful, but if the Revolution want to have a successful season in 2014, Fagundez will need to continue his terrific run of form.