The Revolution came to play on Saturday. In front of 17,865 fans at Gillette Stadium, Kei Kamara put on an attacking clinic, scoring three of four Revolution goals in a 4-0 rout of Orlando City SC.
Here’s who stood out during the weekend win:
Kamara was on another planet Saturday night. En route to his first career hat trick, the veteran forward made daunting runs at goal, held possession well and finished with precision. He outclassed the Orlando back line all night long. Just ask Jose Aja, who, in the 80th minute, earned a second yellow card when Kamara beat him to a 50-50 ball. Unable to claim possession, Aja knocked Kamara to the ground. Kamara completed a hat trick nine minutes later.
His stat line tells the story of a career night: four shots (all on target), three goals, three chances created and five aerial wins.
Playing in his first match in three weeks, Nguyen reminded fans of his ability to take over matches with his creativity. The Lions gave him too much space to work on several occasions, and he made them pay. Nguyen made quick decisions, played flawless through balls and consistently beat defenders on the dribble. His efforts resulted in four assists (including two secondary assists), which tied an MLS record. He did all that, and connected on 95 percent of his passes.
Nguyen now has eight goals and 14 assists on the season—not too bad for a player who has largely flown under the radar this season.
Following Staurday’s win, all the attention focused on the attack and its four-goal outburst. But the Revs also earned a clean sheet. And Koffie had a lot to do with that.
The Ghanaian midfielder clogged up the passing lanes during a clean-but-physical performance, collecting a team-high three tackles. He also looked active jumpstarting the attack; he took 70 touches, second to Chris Tierney, and sent several long balls into dangerous spots.
Xavier Kouassi has battled injuries for most of the season (and most of his Revolution tenure), and in his stead, Koffie has filled in admirably.
It took an injury to Kelyn Rowe and a call-up for Je-Vaughn Watson for Tierney to make his first start since July 22, but he made it count with a steady two-way performance. The long-tenured defender shut down the left side of the field by limiting crosses, forcing turnovers and keeping right-sided attackers Dom Dwyer and Dillon Powers in check (zero chances created between them).
Tierney may have slipped down the depth chart, but he proved on Saturday that he can still play at a high level.