Playing for the third time in seven days, the Revs entered Saturday's match on the forefront of another summer swoon. But just three minutes into the match, Lee Nguyen put the Revs in front for good with a perfectly-placed volley.
Who starred for the Revs vs. Columbus? Check out our Player Ratings and vote for your Man of the Match below.
1 → Player was a complete liability and made no positive contributions
5 → Player minimized mistakes during a routine outing
10 → Player turned in a historic performance
Brad Knighton - 7
Seeking to end a three-game losing streak, Knighton shined vs. Columbus. He made four saves, offered on-point distribution and commanded his box with poise. In a perfect world, Knighton stops Ola Kamara's close-range shot that snuck under his arm. But the veteran 'keeper hardly carries the blame for Columbus' only goal.
Andrew Farrell - 6.5
Farrell contributed a strong two-way performance on Saturday. Offensively, he pushed forward on the attack and looked strong over the ball; defensively, he refrained from making mistakes and executed several key tackles. Justin Meram was a handful, though Farrell helped minimize his impact when it mattered most.
Jose Goncalves - 5.5
Much like the NYCFC match, JoGo turned in a strong defensive shift—hindered by a key mistake. Following a foul late in the first half, Goncalves recovered slowly and allowed Kamara to peel over his shoulder; the forward proceeded to beat Knighton with a point-blank finish. Thankfully, a clean second half from JoGo helped the Revs to an eventual win.
London Woodberry - 6.5
Woodberry turned in another quietly-stellar shift. He denied crosses, clung to his mark on set pieces and contributed 4 tackles and a game-high 6 interceptions. Woodberry appears locked in to the center back position moving forward; he just needs to limit sloppy yellow cards, like the one he picked up on Saturday.
Chris Tierney - 6
Though Tierney left Saturday's match without creating an official goal-scoring chance—a rarity for the veteran left back—he still contributed on the attacking end. In the first half, he found acres of space to work on the left flank, which he used to jumpstart several attacking opportunities. Defensively, he collected 4 clearances in a tidy showing.
Scott Caldwell - 7
Scotty clogged up the middle of the park (2 tackles, 3 interceptions) and even flashed his skill in the attacking third by creating a pair of goal-scoring chances. As an essential component of the Revolution midfield, Caldwell continues to fly under the national radar.
Je-Vaughn Watson - 6.5
Despite whiffing on a pair of clearances in the box—plays that could have ended in disaster—Watson stood strong in front of the Revolution back four. He collected a game-high six tackles while grinding out a physical defensive shift. Through 19 matches, Watson has evolved into a jack-of-all-trades—a welcomed role considering the Revs' defensive inconsistencies.
Kelyn Rowe - 7
Rowe has finally found his consistent stride. On Saturday, he created two goal-scoring chances, whipped accurate crosses into the box and forced Will Trapp into an own goal with a dangerous run into the six. He didn't appear on the score sheet, but Columbus felt his presence.
Lee Nguyen - 7.5
Nguyen's 3rd-minute volley put an exclamation point on another memorable outing. Even though Columbus worked hard to close him down, his slick passing and class over the ball helped the Revs wreak havoc in the attacking third.
Teal Bunbury - 7
On Saturday, Bunbury pestered Waylon Francis and the Crew back line. He created a game-high 3 goal-scoring chances, made dangerous runs into the box and rarely turned the ball over. On the heels of two down matches, Bunbury made the most of his minutes against Columbus.
Kei Kamara - 8.5
Kamara is heating up just when the Revs need him most. Against his former club, he turned in a tireless shift, picking up an "assist" on a cross-turned-own-goal, winning a game-high 4 aerial duels and scoring an alert strike that put the match away. His motor just keeps running.
Daigo Kobayashi - 5
In an abbreviated, 13-minute shift, Kobayashi brought good energy and fresh legs. He sat in front of the back four, picked off a few passes and helped the Revs see through to victory.
Femi Hollinger-Janzen - 5.5
As always, Femi brought a spark off the bench, making his presence known in a 6-minute showing. In that span of time, he won a pair of balls in the air while contributing a tackle and an interception.
Diego Fagundez - N/A
Diego entered as a time-wasting sub in the 92nd minute and never had a chance to impact the match.