In March, pundits wondered if Andrew Farrell would ever settle into the center back spot. Now three quarters of the way through his 2015 campaign, the former Louisville man has developed into a stalwart defender, a rock in front of goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.
In August, Farrell looked as sharp as ever, helping his club earn a pair of shutouts. But does he earn Player of the Month honors? We think so. Cast your vote below.
Player of the Month: Andrew Farrell
Score: 7 votes (out of a possible 9)
August Player Rating: 6.75
Seth: There was a time when the Revolution were leaking goals, but that's no longer the case, largely due to the superb play of Farrell. The Revs had two shutouts in the month of August, frustrating the Houston Dynamo and Philadelphia Union. The team did allow a goal when playing Toronto FC, but that shouldn't distract from Farrell's solid month.
Nick: It's easy to forget about Farrell, who turned in three solid matches in August. Against the Union late in the month, the athletic center back reminded Revolution fans of his worth, continually stalling Philadelphia's attack with high pressure and confident touches. His club conceded just once in three matches, thanks in part to Farrell's consistent play in front of goal. The center back deserves recognition.
Runner Up: Diego Fagundez
Score: 6 votes
August Player Rating: 6.92
Nick: Diego just keeps maturing. In August, he pushed forward with purpose, looked slippery over the ball and scored a brilliant game-winner against Philadelphia. With a little more luck, he would have found the back of the net against TFC and Houston, too. When Diego pesters opposing back lines, the Revolution attack looks infinitely more dangerous; his presence has become an invaluable part of Jay Heaps' game plan.
Seth: Consistently a threat in the attacking third, Fagundez has earned himself a spot in the starting XI, which is quite an accomplishment when Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury are your competition. Fagundez played 144 minutes in August, contributing six shots. His crowning moment came against the Union when his long-range blast beat Andre Blake, a strike that put him in contention for Goal of the Weak.
Honorable Mention: Kelyn Rowe
Score: 3 votes
August Player Rating: 7.08
Nick: From April through July, Rowe almost completely fell out of the mix, earning nothing more than a handful of spot starts. But in August, the scrappy midfielder found his form. In a surprise start against TFC, Rowe collected a clever assist and drew a game-clinching penalty. He stayed hot against Houston two weeks later, nearly beating Tyler Deric twice after hitting the post on both occasions. If he can fine tune his service from the right side of the field, Rowe has a chance to stay in the Starting XI moving forward.