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Revolution 1-3 Sporting, MLS Playoffs 2013: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

The ratings we gave our guys after a (long) period of quiet reflection.

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Matt Reis: Average Rating - 7.83 (Steve 7, Corey 7, Nick 9.5)

Steve: Immense between the sticks, but that hurried throw in extra time cost the team a shootout chance...Corey: Obviously it was a huge game for the big guy. He was incredible throughout. His distribution in OT, however, cost us...Nick: The timeless vet kept the Revolution alive on Wednesday, making several game-changing saves. I wish he would have swallowed the distribution to Diego, though I credit him for attempting to make something happen offensively. The guy turned in a fearless 119 minutes.

Darrius Barnes: Average Rating - 4 (Steve 5, Corey 3, Nick 4)

Steve: Horrible on throws, but distribution not bad and actually had a monster defensive night with few mistakes...Corey: Was out of sorts all night...Nick: The Revs' third defensive option showed grit and resilience on the back line. Unfortunately, he was outmanned for the most of the night, struggling to keep pace with SKC's frontrunners.

Jose Goncalves: Average Rating - 5.67 (Steve 6, Corey 5, Nick 6)

Steve: Great passer, colossus in defense (recovery and clearance numbers just ludicrous), but had some issues on the Bieler and Collin goals, though not really at fault...Corey: Jose looked strong in the middle but even his typical heroics weren't enough for us in this one...Nick: Per usual, Jose looked strong in the middle, though a few shaky clearances and a number of high-risk touches seemed uncharacteristic. The skipper did well to diffuse a number of high-energy disputes.

A.J. Soares: Average Rating - 4.83 (Steve 4.5, Corey 5, Nick 5)

Steve: Decent by defensive metrics, but passing was poor and got beat on the free-kick for Collin's goal, plus was basically absent on Sinovic's goal when he should have shut the angle down...Corey: It was not his game. Too touchy-feely with opposing strikers and still doesn't get that the long-ball hurts us just as much as it helps sometimes when desperate...Nick: Like many of his defensive ‘mates, A.J. struggled in the box, allowing entirely too many balls to slide through untouched. Marking was also a struggle, though Soares deftly handled a dangerous one-on-one challenge with C.J. Sapong late in the second half.

Andrew Farrell: Average Rating - 5.67 (Steve 4.5, Corey 6, Nick 6.5)

Steve: Passing not good, especially in the final third. Absolutely cannot be this offensively-minded and yet so unable to take care of the ball...Corey: An important game for him. He handled the pressure well and was composed on defense all game...Nick: Sure, he seemed out of position at times and yes, he misplayed a few challenges. But Farrell still showed well, using his speed to recover while completing a number of skilled tackles in the defending third. Extra props for the Bobby Shuttleworth cameo.

Andy Dorman: Average Rating - 3 (Steve 3, Corey 3, Nick 3)

Steve: Can't be the midfield lynchpin and only attempt 14 passes, completing 9. Needed composure and efficiency in the middle and got neither from him...Corey: It was not his game. He looked like our weak link for the full first half...Nick: Dorman did well to hide himself among the 22 players in action, often forcing me to wonder if he was on the field at all. The Wales international just didn't seem to make any impact.

Diego Fagundez: Average Rating - 3.5 (Steve 3, Corey 3.5, Nick 4)

Steve: If he'd scored that goal he'd be a hero. Instead, he was nearly nonexistent, only 17 passes in 120 minutes of soccer. Needs to learn to impact a game not played in his comfort zone...Corey: Struggled mightily on defense and was a liability for most of the night. Couldn't get any attack going in this one...Nick: Sometimes Diego looked brilliant, others he seemed non-existent. I wanted him to make a difference, and felt he had the potential to do so, though his typically-dangerous deep runs came up empty.

Lee Nguyen: Average Rating - 4.5 (Steve 4, Corey 4.5, Nick 5)

Steve: Tidy passer, created two opportunities, but still managed way too many non-pass turnovers. When it needed to be simpler, he was trying way too hard...Corey: Tried his best to get some passes going and was a good facilitator of the simple passing game when we needed it, but ultimately wasn't enough on the night...Nick: "The roamer" tried to be too creative on Wednesday, making simple plays frustratingly complex. It wasn't all bad-Nguyen set up a handful of dangerous opportunities, and maintained a high work rate for the entire 120 minutes-though I definitely expected more in this spot.

Kelyn Rowe: Average Rating - 5.5 (Steve 4.5, Corey 6, Nick 6)

Steve: Props on the assist and a relatively decent passing rate, but 21 turnovers is entirely too many...Corey: This kid needs to be taking free kicks and corners moving forward. Great deliveries...Nick: Although the sophomore failed to string passes together, his brilliant set piece put the Revolution on top, if even for a few short moments. Rowe found a way to make a difference on a night when his best stuff evaded him.

Juan Agudelo: Average Rating - 3 (Steve 3, Corey 4, Nick 2)

Steve: Must have tried to nutmeg the defender six times without success. One-dimensional, predictable, and totally ineffective in his most important game as a Revolution player. Easily his worst match in the shirt...Corey: The Revs couldn't find him, but he also looked lackadaisical out there. Was not giving 110%...Nick: Too harsh? Not a chance. Agudelo appeared lifeless on the field during the Revs' most important match of the season, lackadaisically playing ambitious balls to his attack teammates. During his one moment of redemption, Agudelo capped an astounding run with a poor finish, sending a one-on-one shot off poorly-positioned goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.

Dimitry Imbongo: Average Rating - 5.67 (Steve 5, Corey 6, Nick 6)

Steve: Big points for the goal, and not much else. Usually excels in hold-up, but this was one of his worst matches as a target striker in his two seasons...Corey: Strong and determined to make an impact. He did, of course, and it was a well taken goal. He was lost at times though and that hurt us...Nick: Tough to overlook his well-balanced, point-blank finish, which momentarily put the Revs ahead. Like many nights, however, Dimitry showed signs of two men: a strong and tactical target striker paired with an immature and unenthused young player. The good outweighed the bad-but just barely.

Scott Caldwell (sub): Average Rating - 6.5 (Steve 6, Corey 6.5, Nick 7)

Steve: Closest to a game-changer we saw in this match. His impact on the midfield in the second half was immediate, passing typically good. Should have started, though can't blame Heaps for the idea...Corey: Changed the tempo of the game and was the catalyst for the Revs getting back to basics...Nick: The Braintree man inserted himself into the match well, failing to panic during pivotal defensive stands. If he clears up the occasional shoddy foul, Scotty will have a long-winded future in Foxboro.

Chad Barrett (sub): Average Rating - 3.67 (Steve 4, Corey 3, Nick 4)

Steve: I don't blame him as heavily on the Sinovic goal as some, but he brought nothing good to the table upon his insertion...Corey: I like Chad, but I'll be shocked if he's on this team in 2014. Came in and immediately cost us a goal by being unfocused defensively...Nick: Barrett just isn't an overly skilled forward. His work rate offers value, though he consistently slowed up the attack with poor passes and slow decision making.

Jerry Bengtson (sub): Average Rating - N/A

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