Bobby Shuttleworth: Average Rating - 5.75 (Steve 5, Jake 6, Nick 6.5, Matty 5.5)
Steve: Made a save or two, and they were good ones, but Espindola couldn't have made that goal any easier to save...Jake: Was the goal he gave up soft, yes, but that was a team goal. Thought Shuttleworth did well coming off his injury last week...Nick: Would have been difficult to read the Espindola goal much quicker, given the chaos in front goal. Continued to manage his back line with poise...Matty: Nothing huge of note, but I will give him the benefit of the doubt on the goal. He certainly seemed to lose sight of it, and might have been screened pretty good.
Chris Tierney: Average Rating - 6.25 (Steve 5.5, Jake 6, Nick 7, Matty 6.5)
Steve: Solid overall, if unspectacular...Jake: He can't be awesome on offense every week, but a good shift on the defense end...Nick: His attacking contributions regressed a bit, but his tidy work along the back line impressed once again. Overall strong showing...Matty: Solid effort from CT8. Conditions made the defending a bit more difficult, but he shined through.
A.J. Soares: Average Rating - 7.5 (Steve 7, Jake 7, Nick 8, Matty 8)
Steve: A.J. has been seriously awesome lately, and this match was no exception. Decent distribution, imperious defense...Jake: AJ is quietly having a tremendous season and his distribution continues to improve...Nick: Tough defending and purposeful passing led to another outstanding performance. Don't forget--his picture perfect pass onto the left flank set up Mullins' goal...Matty: Great distribution on the goal, and another great performance at the back.
Jose Goncalves: Average Rating - 6.63 (Steve 7, Jake 7, Nick 6.5, Matty 6)
Steve: Was worried that JoGo was going to be rusty, but apart from some slightly-lax passing, he was his usual best...Jake: You would barely know he's missed over a month due to injury, maybe not his best but still pretty good even with a little rust...Nick: Brilliant defensive performance seemed on-point with his potential, though he didn't quite seem comfortable with the ball at his feet. A handful of poor passes showed signs of rust...Matty: Defending was solid as usual but his touch let him down several times while trying to play out from the back.
Andrew Farrell: Average Rating - 6.13 (Steve 6, Jake 6, Nick 6.5, Matty 6)
Steve: Great passing on the night, less excitement on the defensive end. Crossing is improving but still needs work...Jake: Moved back out to the flank and didn't miss a beat even if his crosses are still off, he still gets involved on the attack very well...Nick: Attacking distribution could use work, but defending seemed nearly flawless. Thought he gave Christian too much space leading up to the Espindola goal, but hindsight is 20-20...Matty: Good showing from Farrell, proving his defensive abilities continue to improve.
Andy Dorman: Average Rating - 5.88 (Steve 5.5, Jake 6, Nick 6, Matty 6)
Steve: Defensively sound as usual, but an off night passing for Dorman...Jake: The defensive effort was there as usual, linked up well at times with the wingers but often was off the mark...Nick: Seemed outmatched at times in the middle of park, a rare sight given his recent performances...Matty: Sloppy field conditions certainly didn't help his game, and he seemed to lose that edge a little against a physical D.C. midfield.
Lee Nguyen: Average Rating - 7 (Steve 6.5, Jake 7, Nick 7.5, Matty 7)
Steve: All over the pitch per usual, good recoveries, great passing. He's gotta be an MVP contender...Jake: Was it an MVP type of game, no, but like JoGo, Lee's off games are still really good...Nick: Another savvy attacking performance from the team MVP. His ability to track back and take over possession has benefitted the Revs all season long...Matty: It's more of the same from Lee, as he continues he campaign towards league MVP.
Daigo Kobayashi: Average Rating - 5.38 (Steve 4.5, Jake 5, Nick 6, Matty 6)
Steve: An unusually slow, quiet night for Player X. Team was more dangerous after Rowe replaced him...Jake: Is it a coincidence that the Revs broke through a minute after he came off, yes, but the team was much more dangerous in the second half but I liked the creativity he tried in the first half with Mullins...Nick: Not a particularly strong night, yet not a poor one, either. Worked to develop his usual creativity but struggled just a bit with passing execution...Matty: Silently went about his business and got the job done.
Diego Fagundez: Average Rating - 8.38 (Steve 8, Jake 8, Nick 9, Matty 8.5)
Steve: Getting hotter and hotter. His passing was sharp, movement swift, and he was totally up for that match. His run on Mullins' goal was breathtaking...Jake: One more week and I'll give him the WWE intro for 2013 Diego being back...but 2013 Diego could be back right now...Nick: Astonishing run gave the Revs a crucial first goal. Credit Diego for his right place, right time game-winner, too; he made daunting runs from start to finish...Matty: His runs are getting to be so incisive and game-changing. Right place/right time on the goal as well for the winner.
Teal Bunbury: Average Rating - 6.75 (Steve 6, Jake 6, Nick 7.5, Matty 7.5)
Steve: Inaccurate passing offset by the danger he posed to the D.C. backline and setting up the goal...Jake: Not great in the final third but I continue to be impressed by his defense when he tracks back, which is often...Nick: Hustled more than any other player on the pitch, which is certainly saying something. Looked dangerous for most of the match...Matty: I LOVE how fast and physical he is. An absolute terror to try and defend.
Patrick Mullins: Average Rating - 8.13 (Steve 8, Jake 8, Nick 8.5, Matty 8)
Steve: Dude can't stop and won't stop. His little shimmy-shake to get free for his goal was just sumptuous, too...Jake: He scores when he wants, he scores when he wants. That rookie Patrick Mullins, scores when wants...Nick: Another game, another goal. Still gets shaken up a bit too easily, but has the intelligence and skillset of a veteran in the frame of a rookie...Matty: Another goal for the rookie puts him at the top of the ROY discussion.
Kelyn Rowe (sub): Average Rating - 6 (Steve 5.5, Jake 6, Nick 6.5, Matty 6)
Steve: He looked a lot better this week than last week. It's clear he's almost ready to come back full-time...Jake: Maybe not back to full fitness, but he was the energy in the midfield that the Revs needed and his usual pesky self...Nick: Entered the match and immediately accomplished his goal: add a spark to the attack, create a few opportunities, and pester D.C.'s back line...Matty: You can see what he adds to the attack just by stepping on the field.
Scott Caldwell (sub): Average Rating - N/A
Steve Neumann (sub): Average Rating - 10 (Not really, but really)
Steve: DAT SAVE DOE. I'm kidding. Not enough time for a real rating...Nick: Tough to truly grade his two minutes, but two points have to be worth something, right?...Matty: Man of the match ;).
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