I was so entrenched in all of the USMNT (and now, USWNT) drama the past 10 days, I almost forgot to write this article...
The New York Red Bulls only played 13 days ago, but it feels like an eternity since the 4-3 victory against the Houston Dynamo. The Red Bulls are back in action on April Fool's Day when they travel to the New England Revolution to kick things off again. As bad as the Red Bulls have been this season on the whole, the Revs are arguably worse. They are tied with RBNY at 3 points a piece, but they haven't won a game yet (0-1-3). The departure of Jermaine Jones seemed to have hurt a lot. Here's who else RBNY have to watch out for:
Bobby Shuttleworth (GK, 28 points; 1 clean sheet, 13 saves): Shuttleworth is the top ranked fantasy goalkeeper in MLS. Most of his stats are fairly average, but during his match with the Philadelphia Union, he made two PK saves, vaulting his point total. It's still early in the season, but he is on track to have his fourth season in a row scoring over 100 points.
Chris Tierney (DEF, 21 points; 1 clean sheet, 1 goal): Tierney canceled out Tommy McNamara's goal during NE's game against New York City FC, ending 1-1. As a defenseman, Tierney does a good job getting forward. He has completed seven crosses and eight key passes. RBNY will need to counter quickly to catch him out of position.
Diego Fagundez (MID, 25 points; 1 goal, 2 assists): Last year, you would have seen Jones or Lee Nguyen listed here, but the former is no longer on the team and the latter is off to a slow start. Fagundez scored all of his points in the first game of the season against Houston and has cooled off since. He is very quick and will test RBNY's highly depleted back line. Dax McCarty and Felipe Martins will need to be in lockdown mode to keep him off the score sheet.
Charlie Davies (FWD, 9 points; 6 shots, 1 goal): Davies also had his best outing against Houston in Week 1, but he's played a total of 67 minutes in the three games since. It's up in the air if he'll get the start, but Davies always plays RBNY tough. With the state of their defense, it won't be any different on Friday.
You can catch the game tomorrow night at 7pm on UniMas. Hasta mañana!