After going up early—and knocking on the door of a decisive, 2-0 lead—the Revolution lost momentum on the road, ultimately falling to D.C. United, 2-1. Before we say goodbye to another season, we invite you to cast your final Man of the Match vote. Who earned your game ball? Tell us below.
Rating Scale: 1.0 Goat → 10.0 Golden Boy
Bobby Shuttleworth - 7.5
After stopping Chris Rolfe 1v1 to open the match, Bobby proceeded to make a handful of big-time saves, including a full-stretched denial of Fabian Espindola. It would have required a Herculean effort to keep a clean sheet in this one; Bobby did everything he could do.
Kevin Alston - 6
After an up and down season, Alston left everything on the line against D.C. United. His cross to Juan Agudelo (though not perfect) gave the forward just enough space to do something special. And, on the defensive side of the ball, Alston turned in a clean match, amassing 3 interceptions and a handful of strong challenges. Jay Heaps made the right call.
Andrew Farrell - 5
Though he ultimately turned in a classic Andrew Farrell performance—several booming clearances, plenty of acrobatics, a resilient blocked shot—the Revs center back looked shaky during a few isolated moments. In the first half, he lost a battle with Rolfe, committed a foul and was out-muscled by Chris Pontius on the ensuing set piece. Pontius finished the cross with relative ease. He'll want a few of those moments back, though none of them overshadow a memorable 2015 season.
Jose Goncalves - 6
Relatively routine shift for the Portuguese center back. Dominated the aerial game, minimized mistakes and even made a few forrays forward in the waning moments. Couldn't have asked for a whole lot more from a guy who started in 22 consecutive matches ahead of Wednesday's contest.
Chris Tierney - 5.5
On Wednesday, Tierney whipped 16 crosses into the box, more than the rest of his club combined. Unfortunately, only five of those crosses landed in a dangerous spot (and of those five, only two resulted in a goal-scoring opportunity). Defensively, Tierney turned in a pedestrian performance, until he lost Chris Rolfe on D.C.'s game winner. You can bet on this: Tierney will be back and ready to build on his all-star campaign in 2016.
Scott Caldwell - 5.5
Scotty, the club's 2015 MVP, turned in a quiet match against D.C. United. He looked sharp over the ball—and contributed a handful of defensive stops—but failed to clog up the middle of the field, as he did so often in 2015. Of course, he also committed a handball in the box, an offense that led to much debate (and a missed Rolfe PK).
Jermaine Jones - 5.5
Following the NYCFC match, we recognized the value of a "boring" Jermaine Jones. Well, JJ turned in an exciting performance against D.C., to say the least. He ripped several ambitious shots (5 in total, 1 on target, 1 off the post), took more touches than any Revs player (58) and patrolled the middle of the field with his typical physicality. Unfortunately, he lost his cool in the waning moments, receiving a just red card for getting up in Mark Geiger's grill. Mixed bag—but his energy undoubtedly benefited the Revs for 92.5 minutes.
Kelyn Rowe - 6
Of all Revolution players, Rowe seemed to struggle the most with the wet surface, as his first touch failed him more than it didn't. Still, the fiery midfielder found a way to impact the match, nearly beating Hamid from close range in the first half (one of two shots on goal) while looking dangerous throughout his 90-minute shift. At this point, pencil Rowe into the Starting XI in 2016.
Lee Nguyen - 5.5
Though relatively active over the ball, the Revs' playmaker never seemed to find his rhythm. He miss-hit several crosses, lacked his usual creativity and failed to take an on-target shot. He deserves credit for a well-paced through ball to Jones, a pass that led to Geiger's infamous no-call, though the Revs just needed a little bit more from their creative engine.
Diego Fagundez - 3
In a must-win, do-or-die outing, Diego never seemed to find the match. His stat line tells the story of a flat performance: 0 shots, 0 key passes, 0 crosses, 18 touches. Heaps needed more from his energetic midfielder, and rightly subbed him off after 50 sluggish minutes.
Juan Agudelo - 7.5
What a gutsy call by Jay Heaps. But in the end, Agudelo proved to be the right man for the job, flashing his technical ability with an electric bicycle kick finish in the first half. For much of his 69-minute shift—cut short by a strong Bobby Boswell challenge—Agudelo looked like the most dangerous man on the pitch.
Teal Bunbury - 3.5
In search of an attacking spark, Heaps gave his hard-working midfielder 40 minutes to make a difference. Unfortunately, Bunbury picked up where Fagundez left off, failing to leave a significant impact on the match. His stat line: 0 shots, 0 key passes, 1 cross, 18 touches. Sound familiar?
Charlie Davies - 4
Tasked with building on Agudelo's performance, Davies entered in the 69th minute and struggled to find the match. He did create a late goal-scoring opportunity, but his outing yielded little else. No playoff magic for Charlie in 2015.
Daigo Kobayashi - N/A
Daigo just didn't have enough time to find the match—or find an equalizer.
Thanks to all who read, voted, commented, and argued in 2015. We'll see you next season.