The Revolution failed to muster a goal in a scoreless draw with Crew SC, earning just one point during a windy Foxboro afternoon. Who deserves Man of the Match honors?
Scott Caldwell? Kevin Alston? Somebody else? Vote (and discuss) below.
Rating Scale: 1.0 Goat → 10.0 Golden Boy
Bobby Shuttleworth - 7 (April Average: 7.63)
Nick: Came off his line to make a crucial stop in the waning moments of an otherwise quiet match. Handled the wind much better than his counterpart with effective distribution. Has not conceded against the run of play since week 2.
Kevin Alston - 7.5 (April Average: 6.63)
Nick: Couldn't agree more with the legendary Brad Feldman--Alston looks more comfortable in his unnatural LB spot. Made a potential goal-saving challenge in the box early on and never looked back. Stellar match.
Andrew Farrell - 6.5 (April Average: 6.25)
Nick: Held his own defending 1v1, but struggled to jumpstart the attack out of the back. Made 4 strong clearances, showing off his elite athleticism.
Jose Goncalves - 6.5 (April Average: 6.38)
Nick: Dominated the aerial game and gathered a whopping 7 clearances. Survived a few nervy moments, but ultimately turned in strong, tough, resilient match out of the back.
Darrius Barnes - 7 (April Average: 6.88)
Nick: Pushed forward into dangerous attacking positions, but seemed to shy away from his occasionally erratic crosses. Turned in another strong match defensively, however, giving Jay Heaps reason to continue calling his name.
Scott Caldwell - 7.5 (April Average: 7.5)
Nick: Great to see Scotty finally getting the recognition he deserves. Outstanding two-way effort; connected on 80% of his passes and 5 of his 8 long balls.
Jermaine Jones - 5.5 (April Average: 5.5)
Nick: As soon as I've grown tired of JJ's recklessness, he turns around and drives the attack out of the middle. Ultimately turned in relatively pedestrian return: above average passing rate (78.6%) and a number of creative ideas moving forward, but also picked up a brash yellow. Mixed bag.
Kelyn Rowe - 5.5 (April Average: 6)
Nick: Absent for much of his abbreviated shift, but came flying out of the gate in the second frame. Unfortunately, Heaps called his number for Charlie Davies to jumpstart the attack.
Lee Nguyen - 6 (April Average: 6.34)
Nick: Same old story. Creative, smart, deceptive play out of the middle, but just couldn't seem to find the final pass. At his best, Nguyen beats Steve Clark low 1v1 after receiving a flawless through ball from Juan Agudelo.
Teal Bunbury - 6 (April Average: 6)
Nick: Typical Teal Bunbury shift. Tracked back with pace, pressed hard against the opposing outside backs and connected on several clever passes. Still, he needs to turn his gritty, heads-up play into goal-scoring opportunities.
Juan Agudelo - 5 (April Average: 6.34)
Nick: Just a brilliant pass to thread Nguyen 1v1, but seemed to grow more and more frustrated as the match progressed. Loses points for a foolish yellow and a sloppy passing afternoon (60%).
Andy Dorman - 5.5 (April Average: 6)
Nick: Relatively quiet shift out of the middle. Struggled to impact the match in Jones' absence, both offensively and defensively.
Charlie Davies - 5 (April Average: 5.63)
Nick: Hard-fought shift, as always, but just never got involved (only took 6 touches). The wind made it difficult for Agudelo & Co. to find him through the air, though Charlie did little to find dangerous positions in the attacking third.
Diego Fagundez - 6 (April Average: 6)
Nick: Provided an immediate spark off the bench. Stood at the forefront of a positive interchange on the left flank, but just couldn't whip the ball into the box and create a goal-scoring opportunity. Connected on all of his passes.