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Revolution vs. Sounders 2013: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

The Revolution can log another 0-0 draw in the books for 2013. While the offense was once again ugly, a one-point result in Seattle was actually a positive outcome. Steve, Matty, Abram, and Travis contributed ratings this week.


Bobby Shuttleworth: Average rating - 7 (Steve 7, Matty 7, Abram 7, Travis 7)

Steve: Finally got his clean sheet, looked much better and more confident than in previous two starts...Matty: Strong clean sheet, and was impressed with his desire to come off the line early and cut off angles. Solid back up and keeper of the future...Abram: Held up solidly under a barrage from Seattle. 3 saves, but numerous times off his line to make big stops or pull in crosses. No bobbling Bobby today...Travis: Besides the clean sheet, really made up for the defensive errors and had one or two stunning saves.

Chris Tierney: Average rating - 3.5 (Steve 3.5, Matty 4, Abram 3.5, Travis 3)

Steve: Lack of speed exposed...Matty: If he's not going to provide quality service, he's a liability at left back...Abram: Tierney's biggest responsibility, even more than defense, is his service. The service from him was awful. Two terrible crosses and not much on set pieces either (not that we had a whole lot of them anyway)...Travis: No service and the Sounders picked on him as the weak link, causing the CBs to cover for him and come out of position.

Jose Goncalves: Average rating - 7.25 (Steve 6.5, Matty 7.5, Abram 7.5, Travis 7.5)

Steve: Excellent in the back, covered for his teammates' mistakes and flashed his range...Matty: So physically imposing. Incredibly heady play, a true leader at the back...Abram: He is a rock. This game sets him in stone for me as the CB partner for AJ. Leadership, positioning, and just bruising the opposition. While Bobby deserves a lot of credit, Jose took the team on his back and delivered a point that they clearly did not deserve...Travis: Really a savior this match, cleaned up mistakes by Soares and was always there with a vital block or tackle to help maintain this clean sheet.

A.J. Soares: Average rating - 5.125 (Steve 5, Matty 6, Abram 5.5, Travis 4)

Steve: Came on strong at the end, but his mistakes would have cost the team a goal or two if not for Goncalves, Shuttleworth, and poor finishing...Matty: Strong defender, but his distribution is definitely priority one in the training grounds...Abram: Jurgen Klinsmann was at the game, and while Soares was not awful, his passing out of the back was once again terrible. Still had some big blocks...Travis: Lost the ball a few times and put Goncalves under pressure, luckily his partner and goalkeeper were up the task.

Andrew Farrell: Average rating - 6.125 (Steve 6, Matty 6.5, Abram 6, Travis 6)

Steve: Contrast to Tierney on the other side, Farrell was fast in defense and again showed his good ball skills...Matty: Continues to not play like a rookie. Strong, quick, and can play with the ball at his feet if need be...Abram: Not much of a chance to get in on the attack, but was high energy, and like the rest of the backline was able to keep up with Seattle's speedy attackers...Travis: Tackled and battled well, very composed and few attacks were successful from his side.

Clyde Simms: Average rating - 4.125 (Steve 5, Matty 5, Abram 3.5, Travis 3)

Steve: Offered little going forward, but that's not what he's here for. Passing percentage was good, filled the gaps well...Matty: Typical solid, albeit boring, performance from Simms...Abram: Clyde offered nothing going forward (not that anyone else did). While his pass completion percentage was high (24 out of 29), his passes seemed to always go backwards. I get playing it safe on the road, but there is a point where you need to attack...Travis: Seemed afraid to go forward? Overran by the Sounders more dynamic midfield which is not entirely his fault as the whole Revs midfield was at fault.

Kalifa Cisse: Average rating - 4.5 (Steve 5, Matty 5, Abram 4, Travis 4)

Steve: More box-to-box than Simms, solid first game back, but unspectacular...Matty: Had a decent game of his own but in a different, tougher way. He's certainly a little rough around the edges as far as the visuals, but he's definitely better going forward...Abram: I was amused when Cisse was taken off as opposed to Simms. There were times when Cisse was dangerous going forward. Yes, he is a bit rougher than Clyde, but at least he offers something going forward (even if it is a bit reckless and wild)...Travis: The effort he put in saved him from a worse grade, might not be the most technically sound but battled hard and tried to push forward rather and force the issue.

Lee Nguyen: Average rating - 4.25 (Steve 4, Matty 4.5, Abram 4.5, Travis 4)

Steve: Who is this guy and what has he done with the real Lee Nguyen? And his shooting was just atrocious...Matty: I'm done making excuses, and I'm done living off of last season, which, by the way Revs fans, wasn't as amazing as we all made it out to be. Lee needs to step up the physicality and overall imprint on the game...Abram: My main concern with Nguyen is when we get into the attacking third. 12 unsuccessful passes is not awful, except when 10 of them are in the attacking half, and of those 10, 5 are within the 18. Tighten it up...Travis: Suffered the same fate as Simms, outran and out-muscled, doesn't seem to be on the same page as his midfield partners. Gave the ball away countless times and never threatened.

Juan Toja: Average rating - 3.5 (Steve 4, Matty 4, Abram 3, Travis 3)

Steve: Saw his ideas, but they never came off. It wasn't entirely his fault, but his footloose and fancy-free positioning and style needs to produce results if he wants to keep it up...Matty: I don't think I have much patience left. Stronger on the ball, yes, but still too slow to play at an MLS pace...Abram: Not completely sure how Toja was supposed to be deployed. Ideally I would have loved to see him leading the counterattack, but the counterattack never came. Had a shot, way off goal, and barely enough possession to pass...Travis: No real position? All over the place without the ball which is just a waste of energy. Had a good chance to lob the keeper and missed, lost the ball numerous times and generally looked lost, His substitution actually brought life to the team.

Kelyn Rowe: Average rating - 3.25 (Steve 3, Matty 4, Abram 3, Travis 3)

Steve: Good energy at the end was not enough to account for how unbelievably bad he was for about 85 minutes...Matty: Off night for Rowe, who struggled to complete passes, and didn't stay out on his flank enough to create the width the Revs needed...Abram: Too much time drifting into the middle and bumping into Toja and Nguyen. Passing was abysmal (17 out of 29 completed). Maybe nervous in front of family? Whatever it was, he was terrible...Travis: All over the place, taking up space offered to other players, bad communication, let the game run past him. Just a bad game overall and looked overawed by the occasion.

Jerry Bengtson: Average rating - 3.625 (Steve 3.5, Matty 4, Abram 4, Travis 3)

Steve: I'd blame the service, but he had two chances near the end that should have at least gone on frame, if not scored. Unacceptable...Matty: No service, no output...Abram: Not sure how to really judge Jerry. 8 for 16 passing is bad. 1 shot is bad. But the lack of service and lack of New England possession makes me wonder. That said, he should have gotten a foot on the last ball were Gspurning bobbled it. We cannot use the turf excuse, when 50% of the games he'll play this year will be on turf. That was a solid chance and he should have gotten a foot to it...Travis: Ran for nothing as the midfield gave him absolutely no service but when he did get the ball, wasted the few chances. A glorious chance late in the game could have changed the outlook of the game but he couldn't take his chance. Good strikers make the best out of whatever chance they get and he couldn't do it.

Andy Dorman (sub): Average rating - 5 (Steve 5, Matty 5, Abram 5, Travis 5)

Steve: Had a positive effect on the midfield, but God I wish he scored on that free kick chance...Matty: Strong presence in midfield, deserves at least a sniff at a start...Abram: I never notice Dorman when he's in. That, I guess, is good...Travis: Steadied the shaky midfield and looked more bright and composed against the dynamic Sounders midfield.

Saer Sene (sub): Average rating - 5.75 (Steve 5.5, Matty N/A, Abram N/A, Travis 6)

Steve: Attack looked better as soon as he came on. Plus, come on, it was just great to see him...Matty: N/A...Abram: Looked good and the attack opened up a little when he came in, not enough time to fairly judge him...Travis: Changed the complexion of the game, stretched out the Sounders defense with his speed and fight. Delivered in quality crosses and looked infinitely more dangerous than any other player on the field.