Were you able to enjoy the long Labor Day weekend? After enjoying the added day to our weekend, it’s time to get back to writing. It’s only fitting we take a look at some of the hardest-working players for the New England Revolution.
Let’s count them down.
No. 5 – New England Revolution midfielder Lucas Maciel Felix (Maciel)
In his limited time helping out the squad this year, Maciel has matched a few of his teammates in a few stat lines. In duels, Maciel is matching players like Kaptoum and Borrero at around a total of 70. Wilfrid Kaptoum has 300 more minutes compared to the young Brazilian midfielder.
A consistent way that Maciel outperforms the others on his team is through completed passes. His possession-based plays tend to lend to an easier process of moving the ball up the field. Between this year and the last, he has performed around a 90 percent pass accuracy per FBRef.
This year, his pass accuracy puts him at the top of the team in that regard. His hard work to keep possession is what puts him at the 5th spot for me.
No. 4 – New England Revolution midfielder Tommy McNamara
McNamara is one of the most underrated midfielders in the MLS currently. After Sunday, he now boasts three goals and three assists in around 2,000 minutes. His effort with passes and progressive dribbling earns a top-five spot in this list.
Tommy is able to boast just about 1,500 progressive dribbling yards in complete control. He keeps the ball safe while picking out his next pass. His teammates trust him, as should anyone looking at his statistics.
The Brown University graduate is able to complete passes that analytically, he shouldn’t. Per every 100 passes this year (which he has over 1,000), the center midfielder completes 1.41 passes more than he should, per American Soccer Analysis. McNamara keeps the midfield moving while keeping himself in the action as well.