When Revolution fans looked on the back of Avery John’s jersey after his 25 yard strike rifled past Jon Busch, they may have thought it was cousin Stern who had sneaked into the Revolution locker room prior to the match and stepped onto the pitch
Alas, it was not the former Crew striker, who now plies his trade for Coventry City of the English Championship. It was former Longford Town star Avery who stepped into the open space 25 yards from goal and hit a swerving left footed strike past Crew keeper Jon Busch.
“I knew it was going in all the way,” said Revolution manager Steve Nicol with a wide grin on his face.
Nicol then noted that John has shown this type of scoring form on the training field.
“Avery’s actually put a few in during practice,” said Nicol. “He’ll take it. He was as surprised as we were.”
The goal scorer was content with his first goal in the American top flight.
“I was happy,” said John. “If you’re going to give me the space, I’m going to take it. I was just trying to hit it straight at goal. If the keeper stops it, it will probably go out for a corner kick. I’m not a natural goal scorer, so I just wanted to put it on frame.”
However, Revolution fans should not expect John to continue his forays up the pitch. The Trinidad and Tobago international is more comfortable at the defensive end of the pitch…
“Honestly speaking, I get more joy getting someone in the tackle rather than scoring a goal,” said John. “It feels good [to score], but I really like getting after people. It was just an addition to my usual defensive duties.”
John attended to those duties through his usual tough tackling form, with Simon Elliot rendered ineffective after an early tackle from John left the Kiwi writhing on the ground. He admits that playing physical on the home field is essential to maintaining defensive form.
“You’re at home, in our house,” said John. “It’s going to be a battle. You have to play aggressively. You have to defend with your life. It’s now or never.”
Original Article written by Kyle McCarthy