“They look fit, and their movements were all very good,” Friedel said of Agudelo and Nemeth, who played together up top at times, with Nemeth underneath. “I don’t think we’re going to have any -- well, knock on wood – any recurrence of the injuries. We were very, very pleased with seeing them get 30 minutes coming out unscathed, and with their overall effort in the game.”
The preseason has been one of catchup for Nemeth and Agudelo. Nemeth came back to MLS last August and saw his first action under Friedel against the team for which he scored 11 goals in 2015. Agudelo has played 101 games and scored 41 goals for the Revs (including playoffs) during his two stints (2013; 2015-present) but like all of his teammates, he’s learning from a new head coach.
“It’s a new system, a new rhythm, so I was just trying to get into it,” said Agudelo. “That’s what I’ve been doing; just rehabbing, battling to try to get back and to try to build that chemistry that everybody that’s healthy has been building during this preseason."
New England Revolution:
IN: Isaac Angking (Homegrown signing), Gabriel Somi (Ostersunds FK/SWE), Wilfried Zahibo (Gimnastic de Tarragona/ESP, free), Cristian Penilla (Pachuca/MEX, loan), Jalil Anibaba (Houston Dynamo, free), Nicolas Samayoa (FGCU, SuperDraft), Brandon Bye (Western Michigan Univ., SuperDraft), Mark Segbers (Univ. of Wisconsin, SuperDraft).
OUT: Xavier Kouassi, Donnie Smith, Josh Smith, Je-Vaughn Watson, London Woodberry (Nashville SC), Daigo Kobayashi, Kei Kamara (Vancouver Whitecaps, trade), Benjamin Angoua (Guingamp/FRA, loan expired), Gershon Koffie (Hammarby/SWE, loan expired).
Goalkeeper: Cody Cropper, Brad Knighton, Matt Turner.
Defenders: Jalil Anibaba, Brandon Bye, Antonio Delamea, Claude Dielna, Andrew Farrell, Nicolas Samayoa, Mark Segbers, Gabriel Somi, Chris Tierney,
Midfielders: Isaac Angking, Scott Caldwell, Diego Fagundez, Zachary Herivaux, Lee Nguyen, Cristian Penilla, Kelyn Rowe, Wilfried Zahibo.
Forwards: Juan Agudelo, Teal Bunbury, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Krisztian Nemeth, Brian Wright.