After a disappointing season peppered with poor results, the New England Revolution left their largest home crowd of 2012 with something to be happy about as they dismantled a potent Chicago Fire team, earning a 1-0 victory in their home finale. It was a complete team performance in defense and midfield, with a moment of sheer brilliance to seal the win.
Bobby Shuttleworth : Average Rating - 5.33 (Steve 5.5, Corey 5, Matty 5.5)
Steve: Didn't have a lot to do, but did it well. Showcased his aerial command by coming way out to claim a dangerous cross that MacDonald was ready to put away...Corey: Never really tested. Showed off his aerial presence, like, once...Matty: Solid, average performance, bonus half point for the clean sheet.
Kevin Alston: Average Rating - 6.33 (Steve 6, Corey 6.5, Matty 6.5)
Steve: Looked good, as he has for most of the end of the season. Can't shoot, though...Corey: So much better at LB. Jay, please pencil him in there for 2013 (never thought I'd be saying that)...Matty: I don't know if the move to a new position challenged him, or if it just suits his skill set, but he's been great at LB.
A.J. Soares: Average Rating - 6.5 (Steve 6.5, Corey 6.5, Matty 6.5)
Steve: Looked like the Soares we all know he can be, and I think he can be even better...Corey: Much improved performance out of A.J., especially coming off injury...Matty: Been waiting for a beast performance like this for a while from AJ. Great stuff.
Darrius Barnes: Average Rating - 5.83 (Steve 5.5, Corey 6, Matty 6)
Steve: Early on made one or two small gaffes that could have been big issues, but recovered well and was his typical smooth, beastly self...Corey: Kind of a quiet night but still solid...Matty: Strong, physical, and kept the Fire attackers quiet.
Ryan Guy: Average Rating - 5.83 (Steve 5.5, Corey 6, Matty 6)
Steve: Appeared to benefit from the fluidity in formation and looked much more comfortable...Corey: Was much more effective and focused defensively. By no means would I advocate for him at RB moving forward, but I feel much more comfortable with the idea now...Matty: Better than he has been in the past at RB, but I'm still not sold.
Diego Fagundez: Average Rating - 7.33 (Steve 7.5, Corey 7.5, Matty 7)
Steve: Killer movement, great touch, good passing, and a nasty shot. That goal was a hell of a birthday gift for his mom...Corey: Great game. Showed a lot of energy up to the final whistle. Worked hard defensively. Almost like the idea of him getting more time in at midfield...Matty: Lovely blast from distance. Diego gives the Revs a dynamic they haven't had in a while: an attacking mid who loves dribbling at defenders and makes them commit.
Clyde Simms: Average Rating - 6.67 (Steve 7, Corey 6.5, Matty 6.5)
Steve: Took care of the ball with a 90.7% completion percentage, but more importantly, marked Rolfe out of the game and covered so much ground. Masterful performance in the trenches...Corey: Quiet game but probably his best game in the past month, maybe more...Matty: Best performance by far down the stretch.
Blair Gavin: Average Rating - 6.67 (Steve 6, Corey 7, Matty 7)
Steve: Very impressive with his vision, dictated tempo, and looked eager to get forward and pull the strings. Could be on to something here...Corey: Really impressive outing. Was all over the pitch. Great awareness and energy...Matty: Thought he wasn't a real person considering how little we've seen him, but what an entrance by the young midfielder. Good motor, nice vision.
Kelyn Rowe: Average Rating - 5.5 (Steve 5.5, Corey 5.5, Matty 5.5)
Steve: Wasn't too remarkable, but his 83.3% completion percentage indicates that he did a better job of taking care of the ball than we're used to from him. Good shift...Corey: Didn't do anything very remarkable but had a nice outing...Matty: Rookies tend to hit the wall this time of year, and when they've played as much as Kelyn has, it's totally understandable.
Jerry Bengtson: Average Rating - 4.33 (Steve 4.5, Corey 4.5, Matty 4)
Steve: High workrate, but good God man, you need to score that goal...Corey: - Obviously has point deductions for missing two guaranteed goals. Looked just generally worn out, but still made some runs and kept the Chicago back-line honest...Matty: There may not be a player on this Revs roster that needs this seson to end more than Jerry. Guy needs a two week spa vacation after all of the minutes he's played all over the world in 2012.
Dimitry Imbongo: Average Rating - 4.33 (Steve 4.5, Corey 4.5, Matty 4)
Steve: I wasn't sure what his role was on the night, and I'm not sure he knew either...Corey: Looked totally lost, to be honest...Matty: If you could add some tactical awareness and soccer IQ to his obviously massive physical talents, he'd be a hell of a player.
Juan Toja: Average Rating - 5.67 (Steve 5.5, Corey 5.5, Matty 6)
Steve: On the way to another middling performance before that great ball to spring Diego on Jerry's muffed chance. Next year should be fun...Corey: Looked pretty sharp, especially with possession. Like his vision...Matty: Best I've seen from him since his acquisition. A full off season with the club is going to do wonders for him.
Chris Tierney: Average Rating - 5.5 (Steve 5, Corey 6, Matty 5.5)
Steve: Looked happy to be on the field. Service was decent, too...Corey: Looked hungry and made himself very involved on the attack, including a couple dangerous, charging runs into the box that could have amounted to something if the Revs attack was clicking a bit better. Forget how much I like him at LM...Matty: Saw what I loved from him at LM, as he's aggressive, dangerous making runs, and has a good left foot to provide service.
After every match this season, the staff here at The Bent Musket will be putting together player ratings. Ratings are on a 1-10 scale, with 5 representing a thoroughly average performance, and 6 a decent/capable showing. The final ratings will be averages of individual ratings from Steve Stoehr, Corey Major, and Matty Jollie. Abram Chamberlain and Brendan Schimmel had to sit this one out.
Who was your Revolution man of the match? (please explain your choice in the comments!)
Clyde Simms (2 votes)
Diego Fagundez (20 votes)
Blair Gavin (2 votes)
A.J. Soares (0 votes)
Other (let us know who in the comment section!) (0 votes)
24 total votes