Lletget making plays for Revs
Has assist in three straight games
Midfielder Sebastian Lletget has shown a capacity to be an attacking playmaker for the New England Revolution.
Lletget, who was an offseason trade acquisition from the LA Galaxy, has recorded an assist in three consecutive games for the second time in his lengthy MLS career. Lletget was credited with a beauty from across the penalty area on Adam Buksa’s second tally in last Sunday’s 2-2 tie at Atlanta United.
Lletget’s field of vision has enabled him to locate Buksa and Carles Gil in prime scoring areas on the pitch. With the pending return of injured striker Gustavo Bou, Lletget sees room for expansion on the front end.
He wants to enhance his role as a playmaker and finisher when the Revolution (3-5-3) engage FC Cincinnati (6-5-1) tonight (6 p.m.) at TQL Stadium. The Revolution are 0-3-2 on the road this season.
“From the beginning of the season, one of my goals was to get more connected with our offensive players and everybody in general, but particularly our offensive players,” said Lletget. “I knew once we got to that we would have some joy.
“So far so good and I think we are definitely getting there. From an individual standpoint I am enjoying it. Adam’s on fire and Carles is obviously doing his thing. Hopefully having Gustavo back soon, things are only going to get better.”
The Revolution rolled FC Cincinnati 5-1 in a Lamar
Hunt U.S. Open Cup round-of-32 contest on May 11 at Gillette Stadium. Gil netted a hat trick, the first by a Revolution player in a U.S. Cup game, while Buksa scored twice.
Buksa followed with a second consecutive brace at Atlanta United. Buksa, who was recently invited to compete for the Polish national team, leads the Revolution with 10 goals in all contests and six in MLS play.
“I guess more than anything they really want to beat us after taking a beating like that and I know I would if I were on their side,” said Lletget.
“We really had to think about that. But they only had three of their consistent players in that game and like us, they were trying out people that have not had a lot of minutes.
“I think we will see a different team and we will be prepared for that. We had a good win against them in the Open Cup but we have to expect they will put out a stronger team.”
The Revolution begin a tough stretch of three games in eight days before the international break starting in Cincinnati. They will play an Open Cup round-of-16 match at New York City FC on Wednesday night and will host the Philadelphia Union on May 28.
“Our focus is on the Cincinnati game and once we are done with that, we will decide our approach for the Open Cup game,” said Revs head coach Bruce Arena. “There are obviously going to be changes for that game and we are going to be playing in a difficult venue in New York.”