New England Revolution ripped apart the Seattle Sounders on Sunday, thumping one of the “big”clubs in MLS 5-0. The Revs scored early and often as Diego Fagundez scored his first two goals of the season in a first half that saw New England jump out to an emphatic 4-0 lead. Patrick Mullins, Teal Bunbury and an own goal from Chad Marshall added the other goals for the hosts.
After a slow start, Jay Heaps side in the last five games has has beaten Houston, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto, Seattle and drew in Chicago. That is a impressive streak.
Equally as impressive, is that New England has only conceded two goals in those five games, as Heaps seems to have sported out the teams early season defensive woes.
It was not the defense that worried Revs fans. It was the lack of goals. But the move by Heaps to start rookie first round pick Patrick Mullins in a center forward role, and push Teal Bunbury our wide has paid off as Mullins has two goals in back to back games. Bunbury, who never looked comfortable as the target man, seems much more comfortable playing out wide, where he is not only assisting on goals, but is scorning them too.
Mullins won the last two Hermann Trophy awards as college soccer’s top player, has done a really good job of not only running the channels, but also has played really with his back go goal, linking up with the likes of Lee Nguyen, Daigo Kobayashi, Bunbury and Fagundez.
On a weekend when the NFL draft dominated the sports landscape, credit has to go to Revs GM Mike Burns for what he has done in the last three drafts, nabbing Kelyn Rowe, Andrew Farrell and Patrick Mullins. That is pretty impressive.