The Revolution took care of business on Saturday, defeating the top team in the east, Toronto FC, 3-0. Who stood out during the week 14 win?
In recent weeks, Agudelo has faced the tall task of re-discovering his form during short substitute appearances. On Saturday, he did just that, immediately making his presence known after coming off the bench in 60th minute.
First, Agudelo used strong hold-up play to set up Diego Fagundez's 66th-minute tally. Then, 19 minutes later, he nearly picked up another assist with a pass to Fagundez across the face of goal. Fagundez’s shot deflected off Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono, though Agudelo followed the play and ultimately scored a goal on the far post.
In the end, Agudelo finished his 30-minute shift with a goal, an assist, two shots on target and a pair of chances created. He'll head into the international break in peak form—just the way he started the season.
Nguyen looked as creative as any player on the field Saturday night. He pestered TFC's back line with well-weighted through balls, creating a match-high five chances. He worked hard in possession while taking a team-high 83 touches. And he even contributed on the defensive side of the ball, collecting three interceptions.
Of course, Nguyen also picked up a corner-kick assist for the second straight match, his seventh helper of the season (that’s good enough for second in MLS). Don’t look now, but the 30-year-old midfielder is on pace for a 13-goal, 15-assist season.
In the beginning of the season, Angoua struggled to fend off rookie Josh Smith for regular starts. But those days have passed, and—over the past several weeks—Angoua has finally settled into his role beside Antonio Delamea.
On Saturday, “settling in” meant scoring an 18th-minute, go-ahead goal, the first of his career; executing a match-high four tackles; and partnering with Delamea to shutout one of the league’s premier attacks (shorthanded or not).
Aside from picking up a yellow card, his first of the season, Angoua put forth a memorable shift against Toronto FC. He’ll look to build continued chemistry with Delamea as his inaugural MLS season carries on.
All stats courtesy of WhoScored.com.