On Thursday night in Orlando, the New England Revolution defeated the Montreal Impact in match one of their MLS is Back Tournament slate. New England who had the far better chances of the night was able to edge out a 1-nil victory over Montreal to pick up three points.
New England right from the jump took it to Montreal and was able to get 10 shots off, two on target, in the first half of play but was held scoreless. The fact that they were held scoreless was more on the Revs missing their targets than Montreal’s defense. In fact, Montreal’s goalkeeper Clement Diop played well out of position on a number of occasions.
In a clear effort to try and regain momentum Montreal’s Thierry Henry made a half-time sub bringing on Zachary Brault-Guillard with the Impact utilizing a different formation. Montreal had initial success but the Revolution were able to adjust quickly.
In the 56th minute, the stalemate was broken with Gustavo Bou scoring assisted by Carles Gil. Bou took the cross from Gil down with his right foot and then blasted a goal with his left foot. Bou has now scored ten goals in 17 appearances with New England and took eight shots with three on target on the match.
GOLAZO! LA PANTERA! 🐾#NERevs | #MTLvNE pic.twitter.com/v08XgGyPnY— New England Revolution (@NERevolution) July 10, 2020
New England and Montreal played scoreless for the remainder of the match but the six minutes of stoppage time proved to be a dramatic affair for the Revs. In the expiring seconds of the match, Montreal was able to get a shot off forcing Matt Turner to make an incredible diving save that not only stopped a goal but ensured a Revs win. Turner wasn’t tested a lot in this match but did make two saves and when he was needed his positioning and play was strong.
BIG SAVE MATT TURNER!!!#NERevs | #MTLvNE pic.twitter.com/c5HRnwwB7F— New England Revolution (@NERevolution) July 10, 2020
“‘That is the challenge of a goalkeeper,” said Matt Turner on the quiet moments early on and then having to make a key save late. “Just to stay focused as best you can for 90-minutes. You never know when you are going to get called upon and tonight I was up to the task.”
Building out of the back: New England was very strong in building out of the back. Strong performances from Alex Buttner, Michael Mancienne, and Antonio Delamea. All three had passing accuracy near 90% for the match.
Kelyn Rowe impressive: Rowe had a few mistakes but overall his performance was very strong. He showed an ability to play two-way soccer tracking back deep into his own third and also creating some chances on the offensive end. Rowe completed 88% of his passes and had 61 touches while also created one chance and getting two shots off.
Carles Gil can still play: Gil maybe wasn’t as sharp as he usually is but he stepped it up in the second half and finished with 87.1% passing accuracy. In addition, the captain had three shots, one on target, created 12 chances, and had a team-high 88 touches. Speaking to chances specifically, the rest of the field (both teams) had a combined 11 chances created. According to Opta, this is the most chances a Revs player has created in a single match since they started tracking the stat in 2010. Gil is on another level…
“He was excellent,” said Bruce Arena on Carles Gil’s performance. “Carles plays like that every game. He is one of the better players in the league and you can see what a difference he makes in our team and we certainly missed him in the first two games of the year. it is great to have him back, and it was great to see him perform so well tonight.”
Photo Credit: Matthew Stith and Devin L’Amoreaux
Matt Turner: While big balls Turner didn’t have a whole lot of work his positioning was strong and when called upon he made two saves. The key point for him was a diving stoppage-time save that kept the game at 1-0
“It was a great save,” said Revs Sporting Director and Head Coach Bruce Arena on the stoppage time save by Turner. “What a crime it would have been to walk off this field with one point today. It’s nice to see in the 97th minute of the game your goalkeeper’s concentration is where it needs to be and he comes up and makes a great save. That would not happen with most goalkeepers. That was an outstanding save.”
Gustavo Bou Could Have Had More: Bou got a match-high eight shots off, three on target. Didn’t have the clinical finish and probably should have had three goals. More of a result of having months off.
Broadcast Woes: The commentary on the Twitter stream gave the impression the pair didn’t know anything about either team and maybe weren’t actually watching the game. In addition at some point, crowd noise started pumping in and then in a one-goal game in the closing minutes the feed itself just stopped. MLS can’t grow the game if that is the level of product that they are providing fans.
New England will be back in action next Thursday when they take on D.C. United at 8:00 p.m. on FS1.
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