On Sunday night, the Revolution capitalized on nearly every opportunity that came their way, scoring three road goals en route to a tenacious 3-1 win over Toronto FC. Goals from Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe and Damien Perquis (own goal) lead the way for the visitors, who have now scored six goals in their last two matches. Who deserves Man of the Match honors following the win? Cast your vote below.
Rating Scale: 1.0 Goat → 10.0 Golden Boy
Bobby Shuttleworth - 6 (September Average: 5.5)
Jake - 6: He was credited with three saves on the night. A couple of balls dinged off his posts, but while under constant pressure and facing countless Toronto set pieces, the Revs keeper kept his unit organized and commanded his area when he needed to. Nick - 6: Solid match for Bobby, who conceded his first goal since TFC's Jonathan Osorio beat him on August 1. Made a nice near-post stop on Sebastian Giovinco in the second frame to preserve the win.
Chris Tierney 5.5 (September Average: 7.25)
Jake - 6.5: Not a lot for him to do going forward, but my favorite sequence would've been the back to back blocks he had on the left side as Toronto tried to cross in from the flank. Won't show up on the score sheet and he chipped in a few long balls and crosses but a solid shift on a good defensive day for the backline (and team as whole). Nick - 5: Defensively, Tierney showed flashes of promise, though he struggled to corral Robbie Findley for the majority of the evening. The TFC midfielder took 5 shots and rose above CT8 (despite tidy marking) to put Toronto back in the match in the second frame. Tierney did, however, respond to the conceded goal with an impressive foray forward. Mixed bag for the reliable left back.
Jose Goncalves - 7.75 (September Average: 7.63)
Jake - 8: Massive play early in the second half when he cleared a ball off the line to keep Toronto from coming right out of halftime on the front foot. That was just one of 4 blocked shots he had on the day as the Revs defense threw themselves in front of a lot of dangerous TFC shots and crosses. Organization was the key today so we'll forgive the average passing numbers. Nick - 7.5: A goal line clearance, a crucial block on Jozy Altidore, 5 clearances out of the back—JoGo did a nice job of cleaning up the occasional defensive mess. Even with sub-par 1v1 defending from Tierney and Jeremy Hall, Goncalves partnered with Andrew Farrell to keep Altidore and Giovinco (11 shots, 2 on target) out of the back of the net. An impressive performance.
Andrew Farrell - 8.5 (September Average: 8.5)
Jake - 8.5: 13 clearances. Probably half of them acrobatic cause he's showing off at this point. An absolutely massive game on top of what's becoming a really impressive season for the young defender. Could have done without the booking for reaching out on Giovinco but the Atomic Ant makes even good players have bad moments. Nick - 8.5: Monster performance for the converted center back. Dominated the aerial game, continually cleaned up the box and, on several occasions, stalled the small and mighty Giovinco. That's two 8.5's in a row for the former Louisville man.
Jeremy Hall - 5.25 (September Average: 6.13)
Jake - 6: Committed the most fouls on the Revs backline (3) but overall was very strong defensively and tidy on the ball. Might have faded a little towards the end but with the Revs sitting back most of the night his flank seemed the busiest so that's understandable. Tough to break up the defense that has been solid the past two months, especially with a massive midweek game looming, but Hall could be the one change against New York as Heaps tries to keep as many players fresh as possible during this tough stretch. Nick - 4.5: In the end, Hall got the job done, though he had to endure some shaky moments to get there. Struggle to contain Osorio—and even defender Justin Morrow—on the left flank, and looked sloppy defending 1v1. Did collect 5 clearances, though, and connected on a clean 83.3% of his passes.
Jermaine Jones - 6 (September Average: 6)
Jake - 6.5: Didn't like the idea to foul Findley at midfield and now it will cost him the midweek game against the Red Bulls due to accumulation. Best moment was in the opening minutes when he caused a turnover on Perquis and then immediately found Nguyen for a shot. Tried his best to switch the play and be active offensively but the Revs were playing defense tonight and he wasn't the only player to not impact the game like he could've. Nick - 5.5: Jones sent an absolutely flawless through ball to Teal Bunbury, a pass that resulted in a hockey assist on Perquis' own goal. Looked sharp defensively throughout his 80-minute shift (4 tackles, 2 interceptions) but the yellow card was borderline infuriating, only saved by a midweek match that may not have featured the USMNT midfielder anyway.
Scott Caldwell - 6.5 (September Average: 7)
Jake - 7: Yes, everyone will remember Giovinco abusing him on that one play and completely forget that Caldwell led the Revs with 5 total tackles in this game. Jermaine Jones likes this kid a lot for USMNT duty and it's games like this that shows he can play with the best, even if he occasionally gets nutmegged. Nick - 6: In the first half, Caldwell looked shaky in the middle of the park, playing turnstile as TFC darted through the midfield. He eventually found the match, however, and ended up turning in a solid defensive shift. Even when not at his best, Scotty finds a way to impact the match.
Diego Fagundez - 8 (September Average: 8)
Jake - 8: Yes, Diego is a menace and wreaking havoc in the attacking half like he usually does and that finish late in the first half was wicked good. But today, his defense was as good as it's ever been. Ten recoveries and 3 interceptions, most deep in the Revs half defensively as he tracked back to assist Tierney on the left flank, an unheralded reason why that flank was shut down most of the night. Nick - 8: Outstanding two-way shift from Diego. Turned a well-weighted pass from Lee Nguyen into a blistering finish—a goal that ultimately held up as the game-winner—and developed an impressive defensive stat line (2 tackles, 3 interceptions). It's been a joy to watch Diego mature in navy and red.
Lee Nguyen - 7.75 (September Average: 8.38)
Jake - 7.5 - Two assists on the night and the turnover he caused on Bradley inside TFC's penalty area totally counts as an assist. This is the MVP Nguyen we're used to seeing except this year he doesn't need to score, being the creator is just as dangerous. Nick - 8: Where do we even begin? He assisted Diego's game-winner, ruined Michael Bradley's night with a timely intervention-turned assist and pestered TFC's back line throughout. Uncharacteristically sloppy passing night (70.4%) serves as the only blemish on another standout performance.
Teal Bunbury - 4.75 (September Average: 5.38)
Jake - 5: Bad passing numbers on few touches though he does technically have an assist to Perquis on the own goal. Did some little things defensively but I'd be shocked to see him start midweek, it's still Kelyn Rowe's spot for now. Nick - 4.5: Mastered the aerial game (6 wins) and used a well-timed run and well-hit cross set up Perquis' own goal, though Bunbury never really seemed to find the match. Just tough to get going when you connect on less than 50% of your passes.
Charlie Davies - 4.5 (September Average: 5.25)
Jake - 5: Another game where Charlie puts in a good shift up top but has little to show for it. Not his fault entirely, there are some better runs he could've made but the Revs were happy to sit back and absorb pressure so that means fewer touches up front. Another player who might sit midweek more to do with managing minutes rather than being out of form. Nick - 4: Did plenty of running, but never seemed to make an impact on the match. Would like to have seen him focus more on possession play, especially with the Revs carrying a lead in the latter part of the second half. Played 67 minutes, but took just 18 touches and failed to record a shot. May have played his way into midweek rest.
Kelyn Rowe 6.75 (September Average: 6.38)
Jake - 7: This game had been screaming for Rowe since about midway through the first half and he provided an instant spark for the Revs. Yes, the immediate yellow card was a downer but the Revs needed an extra midfielder to help possess the ball and move it forward and Rowe did all that and more when he added the insurance goal capitalizing on his and Nguyen's defensive work on Bradley at the top of the box. Nick - 6.5: After a dreadful debut—immediate yellow card, sloppy defending on Giovinco in the box—Rowe turned in a stellar substitute appearance. Heady finish on the Bradley giveaway sealed the match, and strong possession play worn down TFC down the stretch. Expect to see number 11 back in the Starting XI on Wednesday.
Juan Agudelo - 6 (September Average: 6.25)
Jake - 6.5: It's not that he was that much better than Charlie—both had limited touches—though it's the extra element he brings as target striker. Three aerial wins in just over twenty minutes isn't just impressive, it's potentially game changing. Really good chance he gets a start or extended minutes up top either midweek or against Montreal. Nick - 5.5: Jake nailed it. Agudelo didn't do anything particularly impressive in his brief, 23-minute performance, though his aerial prowess served the Revs well. Should earn a midweek start against I-95 rival NYRB.
Daigo Kobayashi - 6.25 (September Average: 6.13)
Jake - 6.5: Comes in, keeps it simple. Completes 3 passes, makes 3 clearances, Revolution see out the game. With Jones out midweek he'll probably get a start in the midfield, he was apart of the starting lineup that dominated Orlando a week ago so I don't expect the level of the Revs play to be affected all that much. Nick - 6: Per usual, Daigo came into the latter stages of the match and took care of business. Didn't miss a pass, didn't commit a foul—his consistent presence means so much to this club.