Despite conceding an early goal to Ola Kamara and Crew SC, the Revolution battled back to claim a 2-1 win on Sunday. Who stood out, and who didn’t, during the week 12 matchup?
Just when it looked like Fagundez had nowhere to go but down, he erupted for two first-half goals, including the game-winner, against Crew SC. His second tally served as the more impressive of the two, as he broke past the Crew defense and—with a patient finish—punished Zack Steffen for taking a poor angle to the ball.
Still, as dominant as Diego looked moving forward, he looked almost as impressive tracking back. In addition to collecting two tackles and two clearances, he drew a key foul that helped the Revs milk the clock with a late one-goal lead.
In his past two matches, Fagundez has scored three goals and contributed one assist. He’s still on the rise.
After starting the season in peak form, Delamea regressed during a few less-than-stellar performances (by his standards, at least). Well, he's clearly in peak form again. Delamea followed up a five-clearance, six-interception outing against Real Salt Lake with an even better showing against Crew SC. He completed 96.6 percent of his passes, went headfirst into several daunting challenges and likely saved a goal with an athletic header on the far post.
Yet somehow, in the midst of his gritty performance, he refrained from committing a foul. If not for Fagundez’s breakout start to the season, Delamea would serve as the frontrunner for club MVP.
Angoua endured an up-and-down start to the season but has come into his own in recent weeks. Against Real Salt Lake, he picked up a game-high eight clearances during a clean performance. On Sunday, he continually stalled the Crew attack with quick reads, timely interventions and one gutsy blocked shot. He seemed to constantly show up in the right place, at the right time.
After switching center back spots with Delamea a few weeks ago, Angoua has started to look more and more like the highly-touted defender Revs fans expected to see. A starting spot is his to lose.
For the majority of Sunday's match vs. Crew SC, Farrell went unnoticed, often a sign of a solid performance from a defender. But unfortunately, two miscues ultimately defined his afternoon. First, he had a clearance blocked that resulted in a two-on-one for Columbus, a play that ultimately went down as of many missed opportunities for the visitors. Then, in the 93rd minute, he took down Waylon Francis during a clumsy, poorly-timed challenge. Referee Alan Kelly issued Farrell a red card.
The Revs will have to make do without him next week, when the club takes on the Red Bulls in Harrison, N.J.
In his first start of the season, Femi started up top and then shifted out wide in Jay Heaps’ midfield diamond. Unfortunately, he struggled to make an impact in either role. In the first half, he took just 11 touches and misfired on two of his five passes. Heaps called an end to Femi’s shift after just 45 minutes, a move likely influenced by a first-half tactical shift and Femi’s inability to influence the match. Given an opportunity to solidify himself as a top option off the bench, Femi sadly failed to take advantage.
May stock report
|Match||Week||Stock up||Stock down|
|Match||Week||Stock up||Stock down|
|Revs vs. Crew SC||10||Cody Cropper||Juan Agudelo, Je-Vaughn Watson, Daigo Kobayashi|
|Revs vs. Real Salt Lake||11||Lee Nguyen, Xavier Kouassi, Kei Kamara, Diego Fagundez||-|
|Revs vs. Crew SC||12||Diego Fagundez, Benjamin Angoua, Antonio Delamea||Andrew Farrell, Femi Hollinger-Janzen|
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