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Revolution 2, Nashville 3: Three Thoughts
Here are three thoughts as the Revs collect their third straight loss.
The New England Revolution collected their third straight loss on Saturday night when they were downed 3-2 by Nashville SC.
Here are three thoughts about the game:
New Formation Doesn’t Produce Results
The Revs debuted a new look this weekend as they lined up in a 3-5-2.
Player availability likely was a contributing factor in the coaching staff choosing this formation. The team was without several key players, including DeJuan Jones, Ian Harkes, and Andrew Farrell.
The new look didn’t work as the Revs were down 3-0 at halftime. First came a long-range strike from Dax McCarthy then Sam Surridge got a brace.
It’s the second straight week that the Revs have conceded three goals during the first half, allowed a goal in the 45th minute, and made three substitutes at the break.
The Revs were better in the second half, in part because of Tomas Chanclay. Speaking of which…
Chancalay Is Special
Chancalay continues to prove that he’s a unique talent.
On Saturday, the Argentine collected his fifth and sixth goals of the campaign.
The first one was especially noteworthy because the assist came from compatriot Gustavo Bou, who was making his first start since Jul. 15.
Chancalay got his second tally of the night in the 71st minute when he cleaned up a rebound created by a shot from Carles Gil.
Chancalay has been nothing short of impressive since joining the Revs on loan from Racing Club on Jul. 10. He’s a dynamic attacker who loves to play direct and take shots.
His ability to turn something out of nothing is splendid and he, along with Gil, gives Revolution fans a glimmer of hope that their team can make some noise in the playoffs.
Jacob Jackson Makes His MLS Debut
In a surprise move, interim head coach Clint Peay gave Jackson his first MLS start with Earl Edwards Jr. moving to the bench.
The 23-year-old had a tough assignment, but he did make a few nice saves, including a full-stretch stop in the first half.
Jackson has been playing with Revs II this year after recovering from a 2022 surgery to repair his left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
He played 12 regular season games with the second team, amassing a 1.5 goals-against average.
With one regular season game left for the Revolution, you do have to wonder who will be in the net when the playoffs begin. This is especially true when you consider that midseason signing Tomas Vaclik didn’t even make the trip to Nashville.