Bruce Arena Wants More From Dylan Borrero
This is a long-term project for the winger
Dylan Borrero got off to a hot start for the New England Revolution in 2023 but now that he has cooled off, head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena wants more from the 21-year-old.
Borrero made his return to competitive play on Tuesday in the U.S. Open Cup after missing out on New England’s Major League Soccer match against Sporting Kansas City due to a red card suspension he picked up against the Columbus Crew.
So far this season, Borrero has two goals and an assist. The Colombian has shown some great skill but has failed to be able to carry that over week in and week out.
Prior to this weekend’s match against FC Cincinnati, Arena once again mentioned that the Revolution are pushing Borrero to be more consistent.
“How he [Dylan Borrero] reacted to the red card? You move forward and he's done that. Hartford, there were plusses and minuses,” Arena said when asked about Borrero. “I think he can play a better game than we saw against Hartford. I think we're trying to find a little bit more consistency to his game because he can have very, very good games and I think we're pushing him to be a little bit more consistent from game to game, and if he does that, he's going to be a very good player in the league.”
After playing close to 90 minutes, it will be interesting to see if Borrero stays in the starting XI. It is a quick turnaround but this will be a big game for New England early on in the season.
Captain Carles Gil believes that the Revs have the chance to make a statement to the rest of the league on Saturday night.
“Yes, obviously. We know that if we win, then we will be alone on the top, and that’s we want,” the midfielder said. “I think we know the way if we want to be the best team, and this way is obviously a way to make a good game. But at home, we are strong and win all the games. So, here with our fans at Gillette Stadium, we need to be the strong team that we are and on Saturday try to show that and win the game.”
Borrero also has the opportunity to make a statement against Cincy. He can show that he is indeed one of the top young talents in MLS by making an impact against one of the best teams in the league.
But the Colombian has more work to do than just having one good game. As Arena has said time and time again this season, he needs to be a more consistent player. That is a long-term project that Revolution fans will need to be patient with.
Kind of what I was saying at the game on Tuesday- yeah it’s his first time playing with Ben Sweat who had his own challenges but there were times when you would see DB just give up or not track back. He can’t just get amped up for the big games - he’s got to do it for all the games.