2. Cristian Penilla came out firing
Cristian Penilla produced one of the standout performances from a New England Revolution player on Saturday.
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In the early stages of the match, he was a major part of the attacking gameplan. Penilla used his speed to get by defenders and helped get the ball to Gustavo Bou and Adam Buksa. He was an outlet for New England and looked dangerous whenever he received the ball with the chance to dribble at the defense.
Penilla was also a major part of the Revs only goal, which came from a corner. Bou left the ball for Penilla in the near corner and he sent a perfectly floated cross into the box which Bunbury volleyed home at the far post.
But what was also impressive about Penilla’s performance was his defensive effort. He showed great work-rate and attitude to recover his position, track runners, press hard, and dig deep late in the game. With Carles Gil out, he definitely did his best to fill the hole that was left in the midfield.