The New England Revolution's 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew was highlighted by Shuttleworth saves, a monsoon, more Shuttleworth saves, a second Jones game winner and even more Shuttleworth saves. Yeah, it's pretty easy to guess where we're going on this one. Defensive scores are above average despite a few hiccups because in those conditions you have to expect a few odd bounces.
Bobby Shuttleworth (9) - That's one of the best games Bobby's played not only this year but probably in his Revs career. Six saves, most of them brilliant, especially his Save of the Week nominee on Aaron Schoenfeld in the 18th to keep the scoreline level. Also made several important saves to keep the game even until Jones' winner.
Chris Tierney (6.5) - Yes he over-committed badly on that one ball to Ethan Finlay and was bailed out by Bobby but his service was spectacular, including the winning assist to Jones and contributed nicely overall defensively at both left back and left mid.
Jose Goncalves (6) - Got caught stepping up on Finlay and Tchani made him pay but I think that's more good offense than bad defense on the slick surface. A soft yellow card and a quiet day defensively otherwise.
A.J. Soares (6) - Also had to commit a soft tactical foul to stop a Crew breakout but otherwise a quiet night coming back from injury.
Andrew Farrell (6) - Passing wasn't good (58%) but he and Teal have such a great understanding on the right side which means he gets to be more aggressive shutting down passing lanes and can recover with speed on over the top balls.
Scott Caldwell (4.5) - For the third time this year, I think Scotty did a tremendous limiting Federico Higuain in the center of the pitch, but also for the third time Tony Tchani is just too much of a mismatch for him and the Revs had trouble maintaining possession in the midfield. Rightly subbed off for Kobayashi at the hour mark.
Kelyn Rowe (6) - A quiet, yet solid game for Rowe who picked up a knock behind the play and had to come off. Nothing spectacular but solid combination play and decent service.
Lee Nguyen (7.5) - I mean, you'd think the Crew would want to mark a league MVP candidate on the backpost right?
Jermaine Jones (7.5) - If Jones hasn't already kicked down the door and announced his presence in MLS, back to back game winners surely means he's arrived and in full form.
Teal Bunbury (6.5) - A wonderful assist combined with mostly tireless work box-to-box on the right hand side and good passing in bad conditions. Solid if unspectacular shift bumped up by that wonderful cross to Lee.
Charlie Davies (4.5) - Worked hard to win the long balls that came his way but tough to have much of an impact given the conditions. Also docked for that display on Francis' second yellow, write the check now Charlie, the fine is a comin'. (Note: I swear I originally wrote this on October 4th.)
Daigo Kobayashi (5) - Didn't see a lot of the ball and wasn't good with it when he did, but two tackles in a thirty minute shift off the bench is exactly what the Revs midfield needed in the second half.
Kevin Alston (6) - Another excellent tactical sub by Heaps, brought on more speed to the left back spot and anchored down the left flank when the Crew were pressing with 10 men.
Steve Neumann (N/A) - Another late cameo for the rookie, who leads all of MLS in substitute appearances with 20.