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Revolution Report Card vs. Orlando City SC: Watson Plays Hero, Villain in Wacky Draw

A first-minute PK, a first-half equalizer, a pair of controversial stoppage-time goals—how did the Revs perform during a back-and-forth match against Orlando City?

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Sunday's road match against Orlando City SC never lacked intensity. And it never lacked controversy. In the end, a 96th-minute equalizer from the spot helped the Revoution salvage a point. But should the visitors have done better?

Check out this week's report card, and submit your overall team grade, below.


Grade: A-

Report: The Revolution couldn't have asked for more from Bobby Shuttleworth on Sunday. After navigating a relatively quiet first half, he battled wind and a barrage of Orlando City opportunities to keep the match level for 90 minutes. It took a quirky (and controversial) extra time tally to finally break him down against the run of play.


Grade: B

Report: First, the good: in Jose Goncalves' absence, Je-Vaughn Watson and Andrew Farrell played 89 minutes of stout defensive soccer. Both players made timely interventions, highlighted by Watson's goalmouth denial of Cyle Larin in the second half (below), a flawless gut-reaction that kept the match level. The pair combined for 6 tackles, 6 interceptions and 10 clearances.

On the left flank, Chris Tierney turned in a vintage performance, setting up Teal Bunbury's equalizer with a clever touch and cross. The Massachusetts native continues to create goal-scoring opportunities with his left foot.

Now, the bad: Watson put the Revs in a 1-0 hole by conceding a penalty 14 seconds into the match, the fastest conceded penalty kick in MLS history. It was a strong play by Julio Baptista to break through, no doubt. But the chemistry between Watson and Farrell looked shaky before it looked strong.

On the right wing, London Woodberry kept the Orlando City attack at bay for most of the match. But fatigue clearly set in, and Woodberry became a liability tracking Kaka in the final 15 minutes. Had Adrian Heath's team more intentionally attacked the left flank, Woodberry may have come out of this one as the goat.

Defensive Midfielders

Grade: B+

Report: Gershon Koffie turned in another physically-dominant performance in the middle of the park. But in spite of his performance, Koffie deserves a slap on the wrist for picking up another yellow card—his fourth in six matches. It didn't seem to change his approach to the match, but that made Koffie all the more susceptible to a second yellow. The Ghanaian midfielder must clean up his play down the stretch to avoid an early-season suspension.

Like Koffie, Scott Caldwell bottled up the middle of the field for most of Sunday's match. But even more impressive than his defensive performance—and his ability to slow down Kaka—was his near-perfect passing day. The consistent midfielder connected on an astounding 94.4 percent of his passes, far and away a game high. Even after a surprise substitution in the 76th minute, Caldwell deserves a shout for Man of the Match.

Attacking Midfielders

Grade: B

Report: Orlando City had no answer for Lee Nguyen on Sunday. He roamed the attacking third at will, earned several wins on the dribble, drew a handball in stoppage time and converted a 96th minute equalizer from the spot. His statline tells the tale of an impressive afternoon: 5 shots, 5 key passes and penalty-kick goal.

Unfortunately, Nguyen's attacking teammates failed to match his effectiveness moving forward. Kelyn Rowe hit a handful of off-target crosses (and a pair of off-target shots), and Diego Fagundez took just 14 touches in a quiet shift. The pair simply had no creative ideas moving forward, and struggled to offer the wide outlet Nguyen needed to turn attacking possessions into goals.


Grade: B+

Report: Jay Heaps keeps opting for Teal Bunbury up top. And this time, Bunbury rewarded his gaffer with his first goal since June 27, 2015. Bunbury has made strides in each match this season, culminating in Sunday's draw, when he also created 3 goal-scoring opportunities.

His versatility led way for another Charlie Davies cameo, though Davies struggled to establish the same chemistry. He seemed to run away from the match, making long, ambitious runs when his teammates wanted to play him in possession closer to the Revolution goal.

Davies did eventually settle into the match, and even found space to take a pair of close-range shots on frame. Unfortunately, he failed to convert both opportunities.


Grade: B-

Report: Heaps deserves credit for sticking with Bunbury, who had yet to prove himself in the lone striker spot. The forward backed Heaps' decision when he finished a Gershon Koffie deflection with authority.

But in the second half, Heaps' in-game management came into question. After Heath inserted Larin and Kevin Molino into the match, the Revs found themselves pinned back defensively. Heaps responded with a puzzling substitution: Daigo Kobayashi for Caldwell. Instead of replacing Koffie, who had already accrued a yellow card and looked dangerously close to picking up a second, he yanked Caldwell, who looked sharp on both sides of the ball.

The move ultimately had no adverse affect, and Kobayashi brought a hint of energy to the attack. But had one of Koffie's lunging tackles resulted in a second yellow, Heaps would have faced justified questions about the move.

Overall Team

Grade: B

Final Word: A second-half adjustment by Adrian Heath left the Revolution scrambling to preserve a point, though the club played well enough to win the match in the early stages of the second half.