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Under Brad Friedel, New England Revolution finished eight at the Eastern Conference in last MLS season. The awful start in his second season was evident as New England suffered eight losses in 12 games. There were major defeats likes 6-1 against Philadelphia or 5-0 by Chicago Fire.

Therefore, when the club sacked Friedel was no surprise. As the replacement, the club chose one of the most successful coaches, Bruce Arena the five-time MLS Cup champion took over the head coach position in May. Since Arena was appointed, New England Revolution doing great as they collected some big scalps such as beating LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo, and drawing with Philadelphia Union and DC United.

Now, we see New England returned to being an interesting side once again as they displayed some great performances. This tactical analysis focusing on Arena’s New England and the tactics that now looks pretty effective.

Statistical analysis

This scout report aiming to show the improvement in New England’s performance and tactics too. Thus it is a logical step to look into the numbers what it tells us.

First of all, there is an increase in xG (expected goals) in the last five games, but more importantly, there is a huge difference in the goals ratio.

To read the full tactical analysis of this gameclick here


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