The refrain sounds entirely too familiar: early goal, poor second half, points left on the table. For the second time this season, the Revolution scored first, but failed to button down the hatches and earn three points against their I-95 rival. Who stood out in the club's 2-1 loss? Vote for your Man of the Match below.
Rating Scale: 1.0 Goat → 10.0 Golden Boy
Bobby Shuttleworth - 4 (June Average: 5.78)
The consistent 'keeper turned in a shaky performance on Sunday. Though he could have done nothing about either goal, he spilled a sloppy rebound and struggled to distribute the ball effectively. Not his best performance.
London Woodberry - 4 (June Average: 4.44)
Undoubtedly his worst defensive showing of the season. Struggled to stick with Fabian Espindola throughout his abbreviated shift, which forced Jay Heaps to make a rare defensive sub. Earns a point back for consistently-strong service (2 key passes) in the attacking third.
Andrew Farrell - 6.5 (June Average: 6.39)
Farrell looked sharp, even though his defensive 'mates didn't. A ridiculous defensive stat line--8 clearances, 4 interceptions, 2 tackles--tell the story of a busy man who took care of business. His stellar 2015 campaign continues.
Jose Goncalves - 4.5 (June Average: 5.78)
Mixed bag for Goncalves. Sometimes, he used his typical strength to stunt Espindola and the D.C. attack (4 interceptions, 5 clearances); others, he looked sloppy, taking inadvertent touches, failing to recover from deep runs and struggling to stand strong 1v1. Outplayed by Farrell and it showed.
Chris Tierney - 5.5 (June Average: 5.11)
Despite curling in several promising crosses, and collecting a pair of key passes, Tierney never linked up with a goalscorer. Nearly found a goal of his own, but ran into great 1v1 goalkeeping. Looked strong in the attacking third--especially when Woodberry left the match.
Scott Caldwell - 5 (June Average: 5.78)
After setting up Tierney's 1v1 opportunity in the first half, Caldwell turned in a routine shift. Just wasn't as active as he has been in matches this season; his legs seemed to wear down as the match went on. Still turned in a tidy passing night (88.6%).
Andy Dorman - 6 (June Average: 5.94)
Interesting night for Welsh veteran. Turned in a strong defensive shift, but exited early in favor of the less-experienced (and attack-minded) Steve Neumann--with a 1-0 lead. Sure, the midfield lost steam as the match carried on, though the middle immediately opened up after his exit.
Teal Bunbury - 4 (June Average: 5)
The Revolution workhorse struggled against D.C. United. Had a pair of opportunities to find Davies with a straightforward finish, but miss-hit both passes en route to a less-than-crisp performance (connected on an abysmal 53.1% of his passes). He does, however, deserve some credit for creating a pair of attacking opportunities--and collecting 4 aerial wins.
Lee Nguyen - 6 (June Average: 5.17)
One of his best performances of the season. Found rare space to maneuver in the attacking third, which helped create a handful of goalscoring opportunities. Held his run--and played a flawless pass--to set up Charlie Davies' first-half tally. For the first time in a long time, Nguyen looked dangerous.
Juan Agudelo - 4.5 (June Average: 4.75)
Down 2-1 in the waning moments, the Revolution desperately needed Agudelo to step up and take over. He never did. Found good spots on set pieces, but just couldn't finish, hitting 3 off-target shots en route to a mediocre performance.
Charlie Davies - 6.5 (June Average: 6.44)
Chuck has undoubtedly found the best form of his MLS career. Caused problems for the DC defense from the opening whistle forward and, with better service (particularly from Teal Bunbury), could have scored at least one more goal. Probably should have done better on his late-match, close-range header, but turned in a stellar shift regardless.
Steve Neumann - 2 (June Average: 2)
Heaps put Neumann into a tough spot, dropping the young, attack-minded player into a defensive role, and he struggled through his longest MLS shift of the season. Conceded a rash penalty--the game-winner--and struggled to benefit the attack once his team went down. Forgettable performance.
Kevin Alston - 5.5 (June Average: 4.5)
Entered the match in the second frame to stick with Espindola and turned in one of his better performances of the season. Heads up attacking play helped the Revs earn several corners late in the second half. Unfortunately, he planted himself in no-man's land on Chris Rolfe's first goal, leaving the forward wide open inside the box.
Diego Fagundez - 4 (June Average: 6)
Thought Diego may see the Starting XI after his recent run of form, though Heaps opted for Bunbury instead. Brought great energy to the attack, and created a goal-scoring opportunity, but ultimately failed to make a significant impact.