After losing two men--Chris Tierney and Lee Nguyen--to early red cards, the Revolution battened down the hatches, turning in a strong defensive performance en route to a 1-1 draw. Following an unconventional, nine-on-11 match, who deserves Man of the Match honors? Vote below.
Rating Scale: 1.0 Goat → 10.0 Golden Boy
Bobby Shuttleworth - 5.75 (May Average: 6.38)
Nick - 5.5: Surprisingly quiet shift for the man between the pipes. Could have done nothing about the Jairo Arrieta goal; otherwise didn't have an opportunity to impact the match. Jake - 6: A stellar effort in front of him meant only the one shot on target but Bobby commanded his area well overall and, considering the task of salvaging the game with only 9 men, he did well.
Chris Tierney - 3.75 (May Average: 5)
Nick - 3.5: Moved up the flank with purpose and helped set up the Revs' lone goal with a well-placed corner. Unfortunately, his studs-up foul left his club shorthanded for nearly 45 minutes of play. I don't believe his challenge was malicious in intent, but it was reckless. Tough evening. Jake - 4: It's a tough red card to receive but more importantly for the Revs is Tierney's looming suspension. He's been so vital on set pieces and on the overlap down the left we'll see how the Revs cope without him.
Andrew Farrell - 8 (May Average: 7.13)
Nick - 8: Statement performance after receiving midweek rest. His defensive stats--4 tackles, 2 interceptions, 6 clearances, 1 blocked shot--don't tell the whole story, but they certainly help. Covered a tremendous amount of ground and rose to the occasion when his team needed him most. Gutsy shift. Jake - 8: I said it during the second half when the Revs were under siege, but Farrell is playing centerback at an All-Star caliber level right now. Such a vast improvement from the first games of the year.
Jose Goncalves - 7.25 (May Average: 6.19)
Nick - 7.5: Still have reservations about the Goncalves-Farrell CB pairing? Me either--they've come a long way. Much like Farrell, JoGo put together an impressive statistical night, contributing 6 clearances and 6 tackles. Highlighted the Revs' need for a strong defender in the air, using his physical frame to command the box (and keep Bobby upright and clean). Jake - 7: His aerial presence is so key for that backline and his partnership with Farrell continues to grow and mature as the season progresses. We can question the depth behind those two, but the starting defense is as good as any in the league.
London Woodberry - 6.25 (May Average: 6.45)
Nick - 6.5: Woodberry has developed into a Scott Caldwell-like figure of consistency. Responded to the double reds with poise, defending well 1v1 while earning 3 big tackles. Floated into no-man's land on the Arrieta goal, but by that point, the Revs' back line had entered survival mode. Strong performance. Jake - 6: Gave up a lot of room on his flank during the build up to the goal but aside from that he was he was the most affected defender when the reds starting coming out and he had to stay in his own half.
Scott Caldwell - 7.5 (May Average: 6.85)
Nick - 8: Scotty had his finger on the match from start to finish. Showed up virtually everywhere on the pitch, continually stalling the DC attack with aggressive, intelligent defending. Man of the Match candidate. Jake - 7: The reds also tempered Scotty's ability in the midfield just a bit but the overall effort was still there. With the offense losing a few key cogs next week, Caldwell will be one of the players tasked with picking up the slack, something the young midfielder has been more than capable of this season.
Jermaine Jones - 6.25 (May Average: 5)
Nick - 6.5: As expected, this club looks significantly more dynamic with JJ in the middle of the field. Flashed his attacking abilities by sending a near-flawless cross toward Charlie Davies early on, and used his physicality and strength over the ball (5 tackles) to wear down DC's attack. That said, his yellow card was foolish--and completely avoidable; hopefully the MLS DC gives him a pass. Jake - 6: Almost salvaged a win for the Revs with his marauding dribbles forward to earn a few corners late in the game but when the Revs needed composure the most he almost lost his. Dissenting with Mark Geiger in that manner down to 9 men already is not smart, nor were some of his passes deep in his own half.
Juan Agudelo - 6.25 (May Average: 6.3)
Nick - 6: Creative movement up top caused problems for DC's back line in the first half, and his powerful header set up Davies' right place, right time goal. Unfortunately, Agudelo had to depart midway through a promising evening, thanks to a defensive substitution (and a Chris Tierney red card). Jake - 6.5: Loved the defensive effort in particular down the right flank and it was a shame he had to be sacrificed to stabilize the backline right before the Nguyen red. Should keep him fresh for next week when he'll need to support likely replacement Kevin Alston at left back.
Lee Nguyen - 3 (May Average: 5.3)
Nick - 3: Devastating to receive such a poor mark after a strong performance, which included a handful of creative passes in the attacking third. But to pick up a foolish yellow--and a then recklessly earn a second, while already playing shorthanded, is inexcusable. Disappointing performance from a club leader. Jake - 3: We've seen Lee make a few ill-advised tackles from behind this year to draw yellow cards, but nothing close to the sheer lapse in judgment to go elbow first (and very late) into a needless midfield challenge. If there's something going on behind the scenes between Lee and the Revs, a suspension week would be a good time to clear the air.
Teal Bunbury - 6.75 (May Average: 6.4)
Nick - 6.5: Didn't turn in his best passing night (55.6%) and failed to complete a far-post run that would've resulted in an easy, tap-in finish. But for 89 minutes, Teal worked his tail off, fighting to keep possession with three aerial wins and a clever run at goal. Jake - 7: Another player who nearly stole three points for the Revs was Bunbury, who's hard work and clever play down the right earned several chances and set pieces for the Revs as they battled to stay in front in the second half.
Charlie Davies - 6.25 (May Average: 6.55)
Nick - 6: Davies' teammates struggled to involve the striker early on, but that didn't keep Chuck from making strong runs off the ball. His hard work was rewarded in the 45th minute, when he finished a spilled rebound to give the Revs a 1-0 advantage. Jake - 6.5: Right place at the right time for the goal, but I'd have taken Davies off for Alston instead of Agudelo if only for defense. Not that Charlie didn't do a bad job under the circumstances, just that Agudelo's more suited for the job.
Kevin Alston - 5.75 (May Average: 4.42)
Nick - 5.5: In an unexpected substitute appearance, Alston held his own, shutting down the left side of the field en route to a relatively pedestrian performance. Heaps will look for another clean showing if he calls Alston's name to replace Chris Tierney this weekend. Jake - 6: Alston's struggled his last few appearances at left back, but a good showing here probably gives him the nod to start at left back even if the Revs have to give up a lot on the offensive end.
Kelyn Rowe - 5.75 (May Average: 5.7)
Nick - 5.5: Wanted to play hero--and nab a shorthanded goal--but ultimately settled into the match, helping the Revs preserve a point. Great energy from the Starting XI hopeful...exactly what his club needed. Jake - 6: With Nguyen and Tierney both serving suspensions next week, Rowe will probably be tasked with pulling the strings in midfield AND delivering set pieces. Let's see if he can pull it off.
Sean Okoli - 6 (May Average: 6)
Nick - 6: Six minutes may not warrant a true player rating, but for the second time this season, Okoli entered late and took care of business. Earned a crucial corner to help his side waste the final moments of extra time. Jake - 6: A rare cameo but certainly added fresh legs and kept up Bunbury's intensity on the right flank.