The 2014 MLS season may not have started off the way the New England Revolution wanted. The lessons the team learned after their humiliating 4-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo will certainly help guide their team heading into Week 2.
With such a lopsided result, fans were starting to question just how good their team really was. It was certainly surprising to see so many holes in the back line for the Revolution, especially after an incredibly successful preseason.
Diego Fagundez was the only bright spot for the Revs as he was awarded the Man of the Match by coach Jay Heaps. Fagundez did play a good game and was the team leader in shots with three. The hype surrounding Fagundez leading up to this season is tremendous. With only one game behind him, the team will be seeing a influx in chances created and goals scored by their main striker.
Soccer is a team sport, so the play of one player cannot be the reason for a team’s loss. Fagundez did everything in his power to make sure the Revolution stayed in the game, but when a team’s defense does not play well, it is incredibly difficult to win a match. With the upcoming game against the Philadelphia Union, the Revs will be looking to restart their season and get off to a more positive start.
The Union are coming off a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers, so the club will be looking to also win their first game of the season. MLS is full of ever-changing storylines, including how different a team can play from preseason to the regular season. New England certainly had a lot of hype before the season started. Seeing the club struggle in Week 1 is a cause for concern, but with how many games are in the regular season, the Revolution will be just fine.
Overall, New England is full of young and talented players who know what it takes to win games. With Week 1 behind them, the team will learn from their mistakes and regain their confidence for the rest of the season.