In July, Lee Nguyen continued to find his form, scoring a pair of crucial goals while collecting a crafty assist. That's two consecutive Player of the Month awards for the attacking midfielder, who took home the award in June. Did we get it right? Cast your vote below.
Player of the Month: Lee Nguyen
Score: 9 votes (out of a possible 9)
July Player Rating: 7
Nick: A strong June lead way to an even stronger July for Nguyen, who continues to bounce back from a disappointing start to the season. Early goals against NYC FC and the Chicago Fire helped the Revolution out of a prolonged summer slide, and a crafty assist against the Red Bulls served as one of the few bright spots in a 4-1 loss. He's heating up at the perfect time.
Jake: It might not be vintage, 2014 MVP caliber Lee Nguyen, but this was by far his best month of the year and hopefully there will be much more of this as the Revs make their push for the playoffs. We've seen him do all the little things, but now he's finding the score sheet pretty regularly—and that's bad news for the rest of MLS in the coming months.
Seth: With two goals and one assist, Nguyen had himself a nice little July. Last year's MVP candidate showed some swagger by taking on opponents, hitting killer passes, and making good on his opportunities. Nguyen isn't back to his 2014 form but there should be optimism that he can get there during the finial leg of the season.
Runner Up: Chris Tierney
Score: 4 Votes
July Player Rating: 5.83
Nick: Tierney's service and ability to move up the left flank gave life to an attack that looked lifeless in July's first two matches. He arguably turned in his best performance of the summer against NYC FC, hitting a pair of dangerous shots while shutting down the club's attack down the right side of the field. Strong campaign for the veteran left back.
Jake: In a month where the Revs backline was shuffled for suspensions and everything else, the one constant has been Tierney, who deserves his All-Star Game nomination (even though he had to withdraw from the game). His back-post cross to Kelyn Rowe set up the Revs equalizer in Chicago as he continued to stake his claim as one of the league's best left backs.
Seth: Though he wasn't able to play, Tierney was named as an MLS All Star for the first time in his career. That's a good month to me.
Honorable Mentions: Daigo Kobayashi, Diego Fagundez
Score: 3 votes
July Player Rating: 6 (Kobayashi), 5.5 (Fagundez)
Nick: Healthy for the first time this season, Kobayashi stole the second holding spot from Andy Dorman and hasn't looked back. A well-weighted through ball to Nguyen set up a crucial game-winner against and NYC FC—the club's only win in July—and strong play over the ball spurred on the attack throughout the month. Kobayashi continues to serve as a quiet force out of the middle of the park.
Jake: I have to go with a tie on this one, because both of these players deserve recognition. Daigo assisted on the winner against NYC FC and has had a staggering impact for the Revs, particularly in the last two games. He was stellar throughout the NYC FC match, drawing five fouls, including a red on Ned Grabavoy. Diego was credited with an assist against NYC FC, but it's his play on both sides of the field that have been noticeable. Long have we shamed Diego for his lack of defensive effort, especially last year, but his aggressiveness in the attacking third has been a welcome change of pace that opponents have had a difficult time dealing with.
Seth: Like Nguyen, Fagundez stepped up during the month of July. His performance against NYC FC was particularly impressive, as the 20-year old gave the visiting back line headaches all night. His crowning moment was when he hit a beautiful seeking pass that found Nguyen in stride.