On the heels of a 6-1 loss to Orlando City, the Revolution needed a bounce-back performance against Atlanta United on Saturday. Instead, the club responded by playing The Five Stripes to a sleepy 0-0 draw.
Here’s who stood out, and who didn’t, during the matchup:
For a moment, it looked like Caldwell had fallen behind Xavier Kouassi and Gershon Koffie on the Revolution depth chart. But those days have passed. In his fourth straight start, the Revs Academy product turned in one of his best performances of the season. He connected on 93 percent of his passes, earned a match-high five tackles and took a match-high 92 touches. In the second half, he did his part to spur the attack by making deep runs from his withdrawn midfield position.
With Kouassi struggling to stay on the field and Koffie likely headed back to Europe, Caldwell will serve as a critical part of the Revolution midfield next season. He looks like he’s up for the challenge.
Farrell’s stock plummeted in September, as the former first overall pick started just two of the month’s first five matches. But in his first start since September 16, Farrell turned in a steady shift. He looked strong over the ball, sound in one-on-one defending and dangerous moving forward (he created two goal-scoring chances; he averages 0.6 per start).
That’s good news for the Revolution, as Tom Soehn lacks a proven replacement at right back. If Farrell wants to lock down that spot heading into 2018, he’ll need more performances like this one.
No one could have predicted Nemeth’s Revolution debut, when he set up a goal in a one-minute substitute appearance. Sadly, in six matches since then, Nemeth has earned more red cards (one) than shots (zero) in 33 minutes of action.
On Saturday, Nemeth played 15 minutes but struggled to get involved, taking just six touches in a match that desperately needed his playmaking ability.
The Hungarian International should eventually develop into a meaningful part of the Revolution attack. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened yet.
All stats courtesy of WhoScored.com.