The Revs have won more playoff matches in 2020 (2) than the Union have in their entire history (1). This ends a 10 match unbeaten streak against the Revolution as well as 9 match home winning streak for the Union.
At the risk of stating the obvious, the Revs are a completely different team with a healthy Carles Gil. Before the season, I said that the Revs were an awful defensive team, propped up by elite goalkeeper. This year, the defense improved (mostly due to Kessler), but they became an awful offensive team without Gil, propped up again by Matt Turner.
With all three designated players healthy the Revs attack is still probably not elite, but they are now strong enough to compete in every match of a single-elimination tournament.
They finally beat Philly, amazing! Buchanan is really coming on, he looks like a really talented player.
It's kind of weird that they still have a bunch of guys from the 2014 team who came so close to winning the cup but lost in extra time to Bruce Arena's team. This year's team still has backup keeper Knighton, Andrew Farrell, Scott Caldwell, Kelyn Rowe, Fagundez, Nguyen, and Bunbury from that team.
It's only been 6 years, but it seems longer than that. By comparison, now that JBJ is a free agent, the Red Sox only have Vaz, Xander, and Barnes who were here in 2014. The only Celtic left from 2014 is Marcus Smart-- that season seems like 3 lifetimes ago. The Bruins have a group left from 2014: Bergeron, Krejci, Marchand, Rask, plus Kevan Miller if he can actually play. And Chara as a possibility but a free agent.
I also watched the first half of PSV/Sparta before this to catch Ledezma’s first start and this is vastly more entertaining. Playoff energy plus (Ill-advised?) crowd energy plus general MLS frantic energy is great.
The Revs announced a bunch of moves for their reserve team. Most notable is RB Colby Quinones '03 (of Bedford, NH) signed a pro deal after playing quite a bit in USL League One last year as an amateur. The Revs academy is not deep, but I've read Quinones has good pro potential. They also signed GK Marzuq Puckerin '02 (of Cambridge, MA), who is not an academy product — he played for FC Boston Bolts, then moved to Atlanta's academy, and has now gone pro here.
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