FOXBORO — FC Cincinnati exacerbated the Revolution’s sputtering begin to the season by securing a 2-0 victory Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Kekuta Manneh and Kenny Saief struck both aspect of halftime to offer FC Cincinnati its second consecutive win.
The margin strengthened the composure of the enlargement aspect’s away efficiency and underscored the Revs’ evident failings on the afternoon and puzzling absence of urgency from the outset.
As an alternative of discovering a option to dictate terms to a Cincinnati staff missing a number of regulars due to international obligation, the Revs slogged via a timid first-half display and ultimately shipped two poor objectives to slide to a 3rd defeat in 4 matches.
“I feel we didn’t do sufficient to create area,” Revolution defender Antonio Delamea stated. “We have been too sluggish with passing the ball. We weren’t prepared from minute one to compete with these guys. They gained all the second balls. That’s the end result — all of this collectively. It’s robust.”
The warning signs emerged from the opening whistle because the dogged and organized guests set out their stall and the Revs toiled away in response. Emmanuel Ledesma curled broad and subsequently prompted a great Brad Knighton save just earlier than halftime to spotlight Cincinnati’s menace, while the Revs conjured few incisive sequences earlier than resorting to enjoying too immediately and subsequently dropping second ball after second ball.
Manneh lastly punished the Revs for his or her malaise simply earlier than halftime when Cincinnati defender Forest Lasso gained a header from a objective kick close to midfield. FCC encountered little resistance by way of the center channel and yielded the rewards when Manneh ghosted into the aim space to show residence Saief’s square ball.
“The first half, it’s actually troublesome to elucidate given the week of coaching that we had and the gamers we know that we now have,” Revolution head coach Brad Friedel stated. “To see 5 or 6 not battle as onerous as the other workforce, that’s the worrying half. The great bit is that you simply see them come again again in the second half. However that is 4 video games now when the first-half performances haven’t been excellent and the second-half performances have been better.”
As Friedel famous, the Revs introduced more of a menace after the interval without restoring parity. Cristian Penilla fired extensive quickly after play resumed, whereas FCC goalkeeper Spencer Richey summoned a high-quality double save to deny Carles Gil and Diego Fagundez just after the hour.
Despite the modest uptick, the Revs all the time seemed weak to the counter and ultimately conceded the decisive second aim after 65 minutes. The whole sequence — from the swiftly conceded corner via the lack to clear the strains on the resulting set piece — ultimately permitted Saief to steer residence Manneh’s cross from inside 6 yards to settle the proceedings.
The irritating defeat left Friedel and his players to harp on the need for vast enchancment ahead of Minnesota United’s go to subsequent Saturday.
“Right now, it’s all about us staying collectively as a workforce and dealing very arduous,” Friedel stated. “We now have to win towards Minnesota.”