In a scrappy, card-filled affair, the Revolution struck last, collecting a 65th minute game-winner to stun the visiting Red Bulls. The win helped the Revs claim first place in the Eastern Conference. Who earned your game ball? Cast your vote below.
Rating Scale: 1.0 Goat → 10.0 Golden Boy
Bobby Shuttleworth - 6 (September Average: 5.67)
Somehow, Bobby came out of a back-and-forth match with just one save. Still, the Revolution keeper had plenty to do: he snared a handful of dangerous crosses, shut down a crucial 1v1 with Lloyd Sam and offered consistent service from the box. Solid performance.
Kevin Alston - 6.5 (September Average: 6.5)
Once projected as a week-in, week-out starter, Alston has gradually fallen out of the fold. But on Wednesday, he reminded Revolution fans of his worth. The veteran hung with Lloyd Sam (0 shots) for the majority of the match, refrained from committing a foul and even made a big-time 1v1 stop on Mike Grella in the 30th minute. Does he deserve a second consecutive start?
Jose Goncalves - 7 (September Average: 7.42)
The Revolution skipper turned in another strong match on Wednesday. Looked dominant in the air (4 aerial wins) and continually stalled an attacking barrage of Sacha Kljestan and Bradley Wright-Phillips. An awkward clearance—which clanked off Shuttleworth's crossbar—resulted in Grella's first-half equalizer, though Goncalves recovered to guide the Revs to another strong defensive outing.
Andrew Farrell - 7.5 (September Average: 8.12)
Quietly-efficient match from the consistent center back. Stood strong for a full 90 minutes, amassing 4 interceptions and a pair of clearances. During the Revs' eight-game unbeaten streak, Farrell has seldom taken a wrong step. His impressive campaign continues.
London Woodberry - 6.5 (September Average: 6.5)
After a long hiatus from the Starting XI, Woodberry re-emerged to turn in a clean, hard-fought match. Remained calm in the wake of raging tempers and tidied up his 1v1 defending following a handful of sloppy mid-summer matches. Woodberry will serve as a vital depth piece down the stretch.
Scott Caldwell - 7.5 (September Average: 7.12)
Oh, the assist. Scotty's perfectly-weighted touch from the top of the box set up Rowe's game-winner, an assist the midfielder won't soon forgot. Otherwise, Caldwell looked like Scott Caldwell, putting together an efficient passing night (86.1%, team high) and a solid defensive shift (4 interceptions).
Daigo Kobayashi - 6 (September Average: 6.08)
Despite committing a handful of fouls, and picking up a rare yellow card, Daigo turned in a classic Daigo performance: quiet, efficient and dependable. He even curled in a few daunting corners in Chris Tierney's absence. We've said it a million times, though the opportunity to bring Daigo, Teal Bunbury and Juan Agudelo off the bench will serve the Revs well as the club pushes for a second consecutive MLS Cup appearance.
Diego Fagundez - 8 (September Average: 7.83)
Diego stayed hot on Wednesday, finishing a clever one-time shot to put the Revs ahead in the 2nd minute (that's four goals in four games for the Uruguayan forward). For the remainder of the match, the 20-year old floated in and out of the action, though his strong work rate—and ability to pester the NYRB back line—changed the course of the match.
Lee Nguyen - 8 (September Average: 8.25)
Nguyen has fully embraced his role as the creator. With fellow midfielders Fagundez and Kelyn Rowe consistently finding the back of the net, he can drift into space and wreak havoc in the middle of the field, ultimately setting up goals like Diego's 2nd minute tally. Nearly every time a flock of defenders tried to push Nguyen off the ball, he found a way through. He's peaked at the right time.
Kelyn Rowe - 8.5 (September Average: 7.08)
Rowe did it all on Wednesday: won a pair of aerial duals, created two goal-scoring opportunities and even led the team in tackles (4). Of course, he also scored a brilliant game-winner, taking a gentle touch past NYRB goalkeeper Luis Robles. The former UCLA man has grabbed hold of an attacking midfield spot and figures to hang on for the rest of the season. Exceptional performance.
Juan Agudelo - 7.5 (September Average: 6.67)
Agudelo looked sharp on Wednesday. After a cheeky touch set up Fagundez's goal, the center forward continued to cause problems for the NYRB back line, nearly breaking Robles late in the first half with clever movement in the box. A performance like this one will make Jay Heaps' job difficult in the coming weeks, a problem the gaffer is sure to embrace.
Charlie Davies - 5 (September Average: 5.17)
Charlie entered in the 65th minute and immediately looked dangerous. He picked good spots, made dangerous runs at goal and even possessed the ball well. Unfortunately, he failed to capitalize on his lone goal-scoring opportunity. After receiving a pass from Rowe on the end of a skillful passage of play, Charlie had an uncontested shot on frame—which he pulled high and to the right. With Agudelo breathing down his neck, Davies has to finish those opportunities.
Teal Bunbury - 5 (September Average: 5.25)
Bunbury came into the match and gave Jay Heaps exactly what he needed (and a yellow card, something he didn't exactly need). He ran at the NYRB back line with abandon, tracked back with pace and put his physicality on display. With Fagundez and Rowe locking up the attacking midfield positions, Heaps may look for more of the same from the speedy midfielder.
Andy Dorman - N/A (September Average: N/A)
Great to see Dorman back in action, even if only for a few fleeting moments.