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Revolution 1-2 Real Salt Lake: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

The Revolution looked to have a home win over RSL in the bag on Wednesday night before coughing it up in a dismal late-second half performance. Steve and Abram contributed ratings for this match.


Bobby Shuttleworth: Average Rating - 6.5 (Steve 7, Abram 6)

Steve: Thought he was solid all evening. Tough to blame him for the goals, though his rebound on the first was a little tasty. Save to deny Sandoval in 76th was pure class...Abram: Not an awful game. Can't really be blamed on either goal as both were second chances.

Chris Tierney: Average Rating - 5.5 (Steve 5.5, Abram 5.5)

Steve: Set up a few chances, had some dangerous deliveries. Not a bad night, but you still have to wonder where the cultured left foot that looked so good throughout the 2010 and 2011 seasons has gone...Abram: Two questions: 1. Why is he no longer our set piece specialist? 2. Why did he not take the late game penalty? Tierney delivered the ball well all night, someone needs to do something with his service.

Jose Goncalves: Average Rating - 5.25 (Steve 5.5, Abram 5)

Steve: Solid and physical as always, though some cracks showed in his game. He lost Sandoval on the free header that Shuttleworth saved. Still, leadership was there and he snuffed out several dangerous attacks...Abram: Still the best defender on the team, and a leader that has been lacking, but was beaten for speed and positioning a few times late.

Stephen McCarthy: Average Rating - 5.25 (Steve 5.5, Abram 5)

Steve: Same rating as JoGo, same issues as JoGo. Big, tough, solid in the back, but on the second goal he appeared to be standing around with nothing to do. It wasn't his man who scored, but you can't be looking lost and confused as a defender when a goal is scored...Abram: Was good passing out of the back. Could make a difficult decision for Heaps when AJ is healthy.

Andrew Farrell: Average Rating - 4.25 (Steve 4.5, Abram 4)

Steve: Decent defensively, but for me, was a disaster with the ball at his feet. Not the skillful Farrell we're used to seeing. May have been dealing with rust or lingering pain in his knee, but his passing was woeful and he made poor decisions with the ball...Abram: He's going to have off nights, this was one. Wasn't sharp on the ball, was decent defensively but got burned on the first goal. Not his best night, particularly with passing going forward.

Scott Caldwell: Average Rating - 4.5 (Steve 5, Abram 4)

Steve: Thoroughly average on the night. Passing was pretty good relative to his teammates, but didn't contribute a whole lot defensively...Abram: One thing will stick out: he was unable to keep with Garcia for the goal. He still was strong on the ball. Moves it smoothly and passes well. That said, I question Heaps decision to start him alone in the defensive midfield role. Him staying alone could have had something to do with the defensive breakdown all night.

Ryan Guy: Average Rating - 6.5 (Steve 7, Abram 6)

Steve: Guy is a weird case. His passing was - and usually is - pretty poor, but he contributes so much hustle defensively and in renewing the attack that it's tough to fault him. Plus he scored a great goal...Abram: Nothing more to say except that the goal was amazing. Should probably keep on starting, but will probably move back to the bench upon Sene getting healthy and Agudelo coming in.

Lee Nguyen: Average Rating - 5.75 (Steve 6, Abram 5.5)

Steve: Dangerous and involved most of the night, he was probably the team's best passer by the raw stats. Also a machine in the recovery metric. Not enough to get the Revs over the hump, but it's telling that the whole team looked deflated when he came off...Abram: Everywhere. I assume he was subbed off partially because of the yellow and partially because of the game this weekend.

Kelyn Rowe: Average Rating - 6 (Steve 5.5, Abram 6.5)

Steve: Another high-energy performance, but this time he was wasteful with the ball and only completed about half his passes. Assist brings him up a little, but the complete body of work was lacking on Wednesday...Abram: Three of the Revs' goals have been set up by Rowe's feet. The move centrally is working. Could compete with Jose as Revs MVP for the season.

Diego Fagundez: Average Rating - 4.5 (Steve 4, Abram 5)

Steve: Don't think Diego had a poor game per se, but he was rather anonymous. Did look like there were some issues with Farrell over on the right, who we already established didn't play well going forward...Abram: At some point (probably when he was moved to the midfield) Diego became our most dangerous attacker. Pulled defenders away from Rowe and Bengtson (who did nothing with having defenders pulled away from him). Did not get the substitution at all.

Jerry Bengtson: Average Rating - 2.25 (Steve 3.5, Abram 1)

Steve: Shoot the ball, Jerry. That's what you're paid to do. Take the shots. Have to mention, however, the run he made on Guy's goal to pull three defenders to the far post. Those little plays that go unnoticed are what get the ball in the net, and he made the little play there...Abram: Am I partially tanking his player rating? Yes. To quote myself: "Done with Bengtson. Finished. No more defending him. Sell him. Trade him. Waive him. Whatever. I'm done." Granted that was twitter-speak, which means ultimate negativity. Now I'm just starting to wonder if maybe, just maybe, he isn't built for MLS.

Saer Sene (sub): Average Rating - 2.5 (Steve 2, Abram 3)

Steve: It's not just that God-awful penalty that gets him the lowest rating I believe I've ever given anyone. He looked so lackluster, so slow, and so out of sync. Really just a very poor overall performance...Abram: Looked sluggish. First time he had little to no impact on the game. Also, why was he taking the penalty?

Juan Toja (sub): Average Rating - 2.5 (Steve 2, Abram 3)

Steve: When subbed on in that situation, he was expected to keep the attack going and get the Revs to press a little again. Instead, he earned an instant yellow card and took the wind out of the sails of the whole team, along with Sene...Abram: Came on, got a yellow, and did not believe in playing defense. Not sure he wasn't worse than Bengtson on the night.