Agudelo, Bunbury offer different options for Revs should Davies be sidelined

Teal Bunbury & Juan Agudelo

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Charlie Davies hopes to be available for the New England Revolution’s trip to Talen Energy Stadium on Sunday afternoon, but should the hamstring strain he suffered last weekend keep him sidelined, the Revs have options to deal with the forward’s absence.

Both Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury are experienced in the target role that Davies has filled from the start against the Houston Dynamo and D.C. United, and both spent time playing at the top of New England’s dynamic attack on Saturday after Davies’ departure.

Even in those brief cameos against D.C., it was clear that Agudelo and Bunbury bring something different to the position. Agudelo operates as more of a traditional holdup player and prefers the ball played to his feet, while Bunbury is inclined to use his speed to chase long balls into the channels.

“Teal provides that speed; long-distance sprinter speed,” said Agudelo. “You play it into the channel and he’s able to get there. He’s faster than me, and that’s the way that we play. We like the speedy striker, and I like getting the ball to my feet. So it kind of works both ways.”

Those differences allow the Revs to change the dynamic of their attack freely, and according to head coach Jay Heaps, if both players are on the field, they’ll interchange between the wing and the target spot regardless.

“I think it changes not only our look, it changes our formation slightly, the symmetry of our group,” Heaps said. “We’ve worked Teal in quite a bit up there. We’ve worked Juan in up there obviously. And those guys are very interchangeable so that it almost sorts itself out on the pitch.

“Defensively we have to have similar responsibilities and each player and each position has a little different responsibility. But offensively I feel like our formation takes on a little different symmetry and it allows us to attack in different ways and from different angles.”