CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – The New England Revolution and Sporting Kansas City met in what was both teams’ first preseason friendly on Friday morning, playing to a 0-0 draw at Grande Sports World.
One week after opening preseason camp, both teams used the game as an opportunity to get new players integrated into the team and begin working on game fitness and tactics by playing three 30-minute periods to comprise the traditional 90-minute game. Both teams made numerous substitutions, including the Revs who put out three distinct lineups for each period.
Basic objectives met in preseason opener vs. SKC
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – Preseason matches are often approached with defined objectives, those objectives evolving and developing as clubs get deeper and deeper into training camp.
For the New England Revolution the objectives were clear heading into Friday morning’s preseason opener against Sporting Kansas City. First and foremost, the match was designed to continue building up game fitness as the players are now just one week into camp. Additionally, head coach Jay Heaps wanted his side to focus on defensive movement as they continue to incorporate new faces into the mix.