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Revolution Leftovers:Brian Wright Leads Legion To First Victory, DeJuan Jones Gets His First MLS Start
This weekend was a monumental one for the New England Revolution first team as they were able to capture their first win of their MLS campaign with a 2-1 victory over Minnesota United FC.
Saturday’s win over the Loons was a rather special one for Revs rookie DeJuan Jones.
Jones made his first MLS start after seeing his debut in the previous week against Cincinnati and was able to record a secondary assist on a Brandon Bye goal, the game winner.
“I saw a great run. He’s cutting in, so the center back in front of me couldn’t see him. I just wanted to play a nice weighted ball onto him and give him an opportunity to shoot it across.” said Jones on the play.
For a 21-year-old making his first start in MLS Jones was bound to be a little shaky at first, something he admits happened to start the match.
Jones on 11 passes was only able to complete a team low 36.4% of them in the first half. But to his credit, he finished the match with a 52.2% passing accuracy on 23 passes.
“First half, my touches were kind of off – kind of just getting use to the game. Then, second half, got some confidence from my teammates, from my coaches. Then, came out and started getting more touches, seeing the field more, and Teal made a great run. I just played him in the space, he took a shot – or a cross – and then Brandon was there to finish up the play, so it’s great.” said Jones.
As for what caused Jones to get the opportunity and his chances of seeing time going forward? Well it will all come down to his performance in training.
“You never know when opportunities are going to arise. An opportunity arose for DeJuan, and I thought he played very well today.” said Head Coach Brad Friedel.
Brian Wright Gives Birmingham Legion FC Their First Victory In Franchise History
The Jay Heaps led Birmingham Legion FC played a match on Sunday, March 31st and were able to capture their first victory in the franchises history.
The Legion of course, were led by one of New England’s players that are on loan with the USL Championship club.
Both Brian Wright and Zachery Herivaux started for the Legion. Herivaux playing a 7 on the right side and Wright playing more of a 9 with the Legion running a 4-2-4 formation.
Brian Wright from all accounts was able to put on an absolute show for Birmingham. Wright lended an assist in the 36th minute with a low cross in for Chandler Hoffman.
Then in the 87th minute in a 2-2 game Wright was able to set himself up perfectly on the first touch to slam home the 3-2 game winner.
Through 2 appearances, 1 start, 121 minutes logged with the Legion Wright has attempted 4 shots, 3 on target (team high), with one goal and one assist.
Herivaux on the other hand, has not recorded any offensive stats per the Legion, put has started two games with a full 180 minutes under his belt. Herivaux however has been fairly decent in the passing game with an 85.7% passing accuracy on 77 passes and has created 3 chances, 3rd on the team.
The New England Revolution’s next match is Saturday at 7:30 PM at Columbus Crew SC.
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