Injuries tore apart the Revolution Starting XI in April, yet hometown hero Scott Caldwell used the opportunity to solidify his role as key performer. For his efforts, Caldwell earned TBM Player of the Month honors. Did we get it right? Share your thoughts below.
Player of the Month: Scott Caldwell
Score: 13 votes (out of a possible 15)
April Player Rating: 7.25
Seth: If you aren't sure how much Caldwell means to the Revolution, watch how his teammates reacted after he scored his first MLS career goal against Real Salt Lake. Caldwell is Mr. Consistency for the Revs, doing the little things that sometimes go unnoticed. Unfazed by the rotating cast of characters around him, the Massachusetts native was sound with his passing, positioning, and tackling throughout the month of April. A typically steady month for Caldwell was capped by an atypical one-goal, one-assist performance against RSL. Hats off to you, kid.
Nick: During an injury-riddled month, Caldwell provided the consistency Jay Heaps so desperately needed. None of his four performances seemed overly flashy, nor did they garner national praise; he simply took care of business in the middle of the park. Regardless of who lined up beside him--Andy Dorman or Jermaine Jones--Caldwell clogged the middle of the field, had sound vision moving forward and found his teammates with tidy passing (85.5% on the season). Oh, and he added a goal and an assist, too. Stellar campaign.
Jake: Jermaine Jones has been praising his holding midfield partner pretty much since he joined the Revs, and 2015 hasn't changed much. Jones has tabbed Caldwell for the United States national team when he retires and it's performances like the one he turned in against Real Salt Lake that prove why. His lovely assist to Davies followed by the final goal in a 4-0 rout proves that Caldwell can be just as good in the final third as he is pretty much everywhere else on the field as he links the Revs backline to the forwards.
Runner-Up: Andrew Farrell
Score: 8 votes
April Player Rating: 6.88
Jon: After having a rough go of it against Seattle and NYCFC in the early portions of the season, Farrell righted the ship personally and for the team as a whole. It didn't matter if he was partnering next to Jermaine Jones or Jose Goncalves in the heart of defense--he simply got the job done. He is clearly starting to learn the center back position and predictions from Jay Heaps and co. that Farrell would move centrally as his MLS career progressed were spot-on. Oh, don't forget the fact that the Revs' defense has allowed two goals in the last six games and hasn't allowed a goal from the run of play since March 15. Farrell has played a huge role in this success.
Seth: While several Revolution players were stricken by the injury bug in April, Farrell stayed healthy and is now the only outfield player that hasn't missed a minute. More than that, Farrell has shown outstanding improvement, rebounding from his "two worst games ever." The third year pro now looks plenty comfortable at center back. The only thing left is to get him a goal.
Honorable Mention: Charlie Davies, London Woodberry
Score: 3 votes
April Player Rating: 6.75 (Davies), 7.5 (Woodberry)
Jon: The New England native proved his worth during the Revs' playoff run from last season and started to show the same type of form during April. The beginning of the month was slow for him, but two outstanding performances in the latter portions of April justify his inclusion at the three spot. He grabbed crucial goals against Philadelphia and Real Salt Lake, respectively, but did so much more for the team than that. He utilized his sturdy frame to hold up the ball well, made what seemed like dozens of penetrating runs behind the opposition's defense, and is a major reason why other Revs attackers thrived. As Charlie's game continues to grow in the coming weeks, expect to see those around him blossoming as well.
Jake: There have been a lot of Revolution players that have had very solid months, but through his first two games in New England perhaps none more impressive than Woodberry's debut at right back. Yes, a lot of it probably comes down to expectations, or in London's case, a lack of them, but his service from the right back position has been a near revelation for the Revs attack, giving them two legitimate overlapping threats out of the defense along with Chris Tierney on the left side. Woodberry was arguably the best player on the field in the first half against Philadelphia and I have no problem jumping him over players who have played more for the month of April.