While Seattle resists a disappointing Atlanta in the poster of the day, the conference remains under the control of a New England which confirms its end of last season.
It took the great tactical adaptability of Columbus to deprive the gang at Bruce Arena of heading to the final last year. 2021 has not changed things at New England, confirming the rise of power at the end of last year and turning it into certainties. Leaders of the Eastern Conference, Revs could have doubted in the face of Red bulls. An entry goal for Andrés Reyes who signed his debut in the best possible way, a huge 2-0 opportunity for Royer ten minutes later. But it only lasted a while. That for Reyes to see his dream turn into a nightmare, two warnings in thirty-eight minutes and therefore an exclusion that came less than two minutes after Gustavo Bou had not let his chance pass in a face-to-face almost identical to that of his opponent. 1-1, numerical inferiority, against the pressing of Revs, new York no longer resisted. Waves fell on the end of the first act concluded by a solid number from Tajon Buchana which allowed his team to take the lead at the break. Gerhard Struber was trying to adjust his lines, strengthening his midfielder in the second half, with some promises, the RB creating a few situations, but the most beautiful remained for Revs who was waiting for the end of the match to fold the case – still in a rapid transition – and thus secure his first place in the conference.
First place also confirmed in the West for Seattle. At Lumen Field, Sounders hosted a Atlanta united for what looked like a final. In other words, we didn’t have the bottle, we didn’t get drunk. Because this clash between suitors did not give rise to a great match, Seattle departing from the rule that he wants him to turn into a steamroller as the match progresses and Atlanta taking control of possession without really knowing what to do with the ball. A creator is missing in Heinze’s eleven (Ezequiel Barco to name it) and we feel that the machine is clearly not yet fully in place: the Five Stripes still leave space in the middle or behind their backs, lack of coordination in pressing and moving once the ball has been recovered. But do not lose and therefore have taken a point to Sounders who until now had only left two on the side of the path. What to continue to garner confidence.
And it will take because the weekend menu is plentiful for Atlanta with the reception of another unbeaten: Nashville. Gary Smith’s men confirm what we saw born last year: solidity, balance and offensive efficiency. Nashville does not need a great possession to generate danger and will in fact be formidable at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Especially since a positive result will allow Music City to stay hooked to the leading wagon in the East, in the wheel of Philadelphia, which confirms its last season, andOrlando, last undefeated.
Meanwhile, let’s report the first success of the season for Cincinatti « On the move » in front of Montreal (2-1), the first also for Chicago Fire facing theInter Miami as Austin falls in line, that Dallas and Toronto disappoint and that Minnesota finally seems to have started (second success in a row). Finally, it should be noted that the LA Galaxy and Chicharito seem to dislike the Cascadia. Mute in front of Seattle, the Mexican is also facing Portland and his club lost on the same score (0-3).