You can learn everything you need to know about Scott Caldwell by watching the celebration that followed his third career goal.
In the 4th minute of Saturday’s game against Real Salt Lake, Caldwell found the back of the net when he finished a Diego Fagundez cross. The midfielder ran to the supporters to celebrate, only to be swarmed by his teammates.
“Go back and watch the film when he scores and watch everyone get a little bit more excited when he scores,” head coach Jay Heaps said. “You can look at the entire bench. You can look at the field. We love him.”
Caldwell signed as a New England Revolution Homegrown in December 2012. Since then he has logged 10077 minutes over the course of 132 games. Considered an unsung hero in his first few seasons, Caldwell was the 2015 Team MVP and Player’s Player.
After years of lining up as defensive midfielder, Caldwell has recently played the role of shuttler. This new position has afforded him more opportunities to attack, which lead to Saturday’s goal.
“A couple guys [have been] trying to get me to go forward a bit, score, get chances, so that helped I think,” Caldwell explained. “In the back of my mind, it pushed me forward a little bit more.”
Caldwell would only need one shot to get the desired results, as he was able to zip one past goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel to give the home team an early lead. Kelyn Rowe, Andrew Farrell, and others were soon on the scene to celebrate an all-around good guy that Chris Tierney calls the “the soul of the team.”
“I have a daughter and if she meets a guy like Scott [Caldwell], I’ll be thrilled,” Heaps commented. “That’s probably too honest right now, but that’s how I feel about Scotty. He’s that kind of guy. He’s as honest as they come as a person, but also on the field. He won’t quit and that’s what we love about him.”