The New England Revolution and Sporting Kansas City played ot a 0-0 draw at Gillette in an game that should be mandatory viewing for insomniacs.
It was cold and windy making passing difficult but that is not an excuse for the poor performance both sides.
Sporting Kansas were tipped by many to challenge for the Supporters Shield this season, but they will not get anywhere near that playing like this. Really disappointed in their play and their inability to put three passes together. For a team that prides itself on its passing, SKC was very disappointing tonight.
That being said, if Claudio Bieler had shown a little more composure in front of goal, SKC could easily have grabbed all three points.
As for New England, it seemed that Jay Heaps was playing for a 0-0 tie early on. The Revs were compact with their full backs rarely venturing forward on attacks, and Chad Barrett isolated as the solitary striker.
Barrett worked hard, but had nobody in support as Jay Heaps set his team up as if they were the away side.
We are into the second season of the Jay Heaps revolution and it is becoming clear that the Revs mission is to be difficult to score on. Two clean sheets in the first three games attest to that.
Listening to Heaps after the game and he sounds like Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce
Not good enough on set pieces tonight
Hoped fans saw that this team will battle and fight more this season
There is nothing wrong with the Pulis and Allardyce styles of play. Pulis has kept Stoke in the Premier League and taken them to Wembley. And look how far Blackburn have fallen since firing Allardyce for a manager that plays more attractive football.
That being said, watching Stoke and now West Ham is difficult to do. It is grind it out soccer where you are big, physical and hope to beat teams 1-0 from a corner or free kick. And that describes this season’s New England Revolution.