The Revolution is preparing for another successful season. They have been one of the busiest teams in the MLS. Adding depth to the defense and drafting a goalkeeper, the Revolution is poised for a big year. New England suffered a loss to New York in the 2021 Conference semi _finals. The loss was disappointing for Revolution fans. The Revolution finished with 73 points the most since the LA Galaxy scored in 2019. In this post, we will review three reasons to see if the club improved since the last season.
Depth On Defense
The club has vastly improved since last season. The only question is will they survive with the loss of goalkeeper Matt Turner? The team drafted Loyola Marymount goalkeeper Jacob Jackson with the 24th selection in the 2022 MLS draft. Jackson has a reputation that is very coachable and possesses a strong work ethic.
During the offseason, the organization signed veteran defender Omar Gonzalez.Gonzalez. played in twenty_ seven games last season for Toronto. He started in every game but three scoring three goals.
He adds ten years of experience to a veteran group led by Andrew Farrell and Brandon Bye.
Losing Matt Turner to the English Premier League will hurt. New England resigned Brad Knighton to a one _yeardeal Knighton has fifteen seasons of experience. Over that span, he has posted a 36-26-20 record. He’s no Matt Turner but a nice piece to have.
Backup Earl Edwards will platoon with Knighton. Unlike Knighton Edwards has not appeared in as many games over an eight_ year career. Still, an adequate veteran until rookie Jacob Jackson is ready.
Compared To The Rest Of The League
The Revolution was one of the league’s busiest teams adding Ryan Spaulding, Omar Gonzalez, Edgar Castillo, and drafting Jacob Jackson is a step to a solid year. Teams like Seattle, Portland, Nashville, Atlanta, and the La Galaxy went out and spent. Drafting a young goalkeeper is keeping the club in the conversation.
Head Coach Bruce Arena is building towards the future. It will be hard to replace Matt Tur They may not record seventy _three points, but they are better on paper.
Offensively the club will be the same. Defensively Gonsalvez adds depth. Jacob Jackson will take time but then again the Revolution has Bruce Arena as a coach.