The Revolution completely dismantled defending champs Houston Dynamo tonight, 3-0, despite being without three normal starters (Twellman, Thompson and Smith). Goals came from Ralston, Cristman, and Nyassi. Nyassi's in particular was a fantastic solo effort. Highlights (4 minutes) are posted below.
New England looked like a totally different team from last season - they have a flair they've been missing since Clint Dempsey left. The addition of Kenny Mansally, Mauricio Castro and especially Sainey Nyassi gives them speed and skill that they were lacking last season. Nyassi is incredibly fast, doing step-overs at full speed, and was sprinting back to play defense even in the 80th minute. He was man-of-the-match for me. He set up the first goal and the third goal.... well just watch the highlights.
Mansally also played extremely well, setting up Ralston for the game winner, drawing fouls and looking dangerous the whole time. Castro wasn't on the same page as his teammates, which is expected as he's trained with them for only a week and doesn't speak English, but he was still able to use his skill to frustrate Houston defenders. He drew a hilarious yellow card by doing three cutbacks in a row, running up and down the sideline, until the Houston defender got fed up and hacked him down.