The New England Revolution may have lost their 2020 season opener versus the Montreal Impact but hope is still aplenty. Here are three things we learned.
The New England Revolution’s first match of the 2020 MLS season started off well but ended up in disappointment. A last-minute goal handed the Montreal Impact a 2-1 win over the Revs, Thierry Henry earning his first victory as head coach.
New England came out firing. They opened the scoring through Teal Bunbury in the 13th minutes, before Romell Quioto evened things up and Maximiliano Urruti scored an insane goal in the 80th minute that proved to be the game-winner.
Nevertheless, despite the disappointing ending, there are plenty of reasons for New England Revolution fans to be excited about. Here are the 3 things we learned from New England’s opening match of the 2020 season.
3. Set piece kings
Immediately, you could see the impact of having head coach Bruce Arena for an entire offseason. The New England Revolution set-pieces looked extremely dangerous throughout this match. They will lead to plenty of goals this season.
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New England had three corners. All were impressively organised, with excellent deliveries and dangerous movements in the penalty area to cause confusion and create space. The Revs have plenty of targets at corners, chief among them the height of Henry Kessler and Teal Bunbury to their advantage. Their sole goal here came directly from a corner, Bunbury pulling off the Montreal defense with a clever piece of moment to find space before volleying home.
Clearly, Arena has plenty of tricks up his sleeve. And given the strong end to last season, allied with the greater understanding Arena has of his players and squad, there is reason to hope for the year ahead, especially if they can steal goals from set-pieces on a regular basis.