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Revolution Player Ratings: Kei Kamara Lives up to the Hype vs. Chicago Fire

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How did the Revs fare against the Fire? Check out our analysis of all 14 players who appeared in Saturday's 2-0 win.

Kei Kamara didn't get on the score sheet, but showed his class by pestering the Fire back line.
Kei Kamara didn't get on the score sheet, but showed his class by pestering the Fire back line.
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In need of its first win since April 1, the Revolution used a goal in each half—and a memorable debut for Kei Kamara—to outlast the Fire, 2-1. Check out our player ratings and vote for your Man of the Match below.

Starters

Bobby Shuttleworth - 6

The Fire struggled to find a way through on Saturday, which led to a quiet night for Shuttleworth. Still, the veteran keeper found a way to contribute, earning his lone "save" on an outstretched parry against teammate Andrew Farrell in the waning moments.

Kelyn Rowe - 6.5

Even after playing 45 minutes at left back last weekend, Rowe earned a surprise start beside Andrew Farrell on Saturday. And while he likely doesn't have a future as a defender, he made a handful of timely interceptions, provided an attacking threat down the flank and kept wing back Brandon Vincent and midfielder Arturo Alvarez at bay. Rowe's Ryan-guy-like versatility (he even transitioned to left back midway through the match) has proved invaluable this season.

Andrew Farrell - 5.5

In a relatively quiet performance, Farrell denied a goal-scoring opportunity with a diving header and effectively cleared Shuttleworth's box on set pieces (he collected four clearances in total). His chemistry with Je-Vaughn Watson looked evident from the get-go, even though he has paired with Jose Goncalves in all but three matches this season.

Je-Vaughn Watson - 5.5

Watson recovered from a forgettable match against the Galaxy to turn in a solid performance on Saturday. He picked good spots on set pieces and limited defensive mistakes, all while connecting on 85 percent of his passes. Like Rowe, Watson's versatility has become an asset for Jay Heaps—especially in the absence of Chris Tierney and Jose Goncalves.

London Wodberry - 6

Woodberry turned in a bounce-back performance while playing on both sides of the field. The young defender picked up a game-high five tackles, added three interceptions and limited the Chicago attack to just one on-target cross. He needs to commit fewer fouls—he picked up three more on Saturday—but his defensive play has undoubtedly improved from last season.

Gershon Koffie - 5

First, the good: Koffie made life miserable for midfielders Alvarez, Matt Polster and Khaly Thiam, who struggled to overcome his physicality. Next, the bad: Koffie turned in a sloppy defensive performance, committing three fouls—including a "professional foul" in the second half that should have resulted in a second yellow card. Already on the verge of a suspension for yellow-card accumulation, Koffie needs to clean up his play to avoid missing time this season.

Scott Caldwell - 7.5

Caldwell, a Man of the Match candidate, stifled the Fire attack in arguably his best performance of the season. He created a pair of goal-scoring opportunities, clogged the passing lanes and covered a tremendous amount of ground on both sides of midfield. If he can consistently perform at this level—a step higher than his normal productivity—Caldwell could be in line for a USMNT call up.

Juan Agudelo - 6

Agudelo looked sharp once again, but failed to capitalize on several second-half opportunities—that is, until he set up Femi Hollinger-Janzen's 84th-minute goal. He finished the day with a strong stat line, including two opportunities created and an impressive 86-percent passing rate, but could have come away with more.

Lee Nguyen - 8

It took 11 starts for Nguyen to score his first goal from the run of play, but he made it count. His golazo, fresh off a brilliant corner kick, set the stage for a memorable performance. The Fire gave him acres of space to work, and he responded by creating a game-high three goal-scoring opportunities and collecting a hockey assist on Hollinger-Janzen's second-half goal.

Diego Fagundez - 5

With much of the attack running through Nguyen, Agudelo and Kei Kamara, Diego seemed to tail off as the match carried on. He brought great energy, created a goal-scoring opportunity and connected on 83 percent of his passes, but struggled to stay consistently involved. He ultimately exited the match for Femi Hollinger-Janzen with 18 minutes to play.

Kei Kamara - 8

In his Revolution debut, Kamara lived up to the hype. He took four shots on goal, created a pair of goal-scoring chances and used his frame and athleticism to win six aerial duels. More importantly, he brought life to the attack, fighting for every 50/50 ball and every cross that came his way. If Kamara can maintain his chemistry with Nguyen—who nearly set up his first Revolution goal in the 52nd minute—he will have no problem finding the back of the net this season.

Subs

Daigo Kobayashi - 4.5

To save Koffie from picking up a second yellow card, Heaps turned to Kobayashi in the 64th minute. The Japanese midfielder made little impact on the match, but did help his club maintain possession (91 percent passing rate) in the final 25 minutes.

Femi Hollinger-Janzen - 7

The super-sub entered the match in the 72nd minute and immediately made his presence known. He battled for loose balls and showed great skill in traffic, all before putting the game away with his first career goal. The 3rd-round SuperDraft pick (51st overall) has been a revelation for Heaps and should continue to see meaningful minutes down the stretch.

Sambinha - Not Eligible

Twelve matches into the 2016 season, the Portuguese center back finally made his debut, playing a few garbage minutes in a game that was all but over. Though Sambinha did not have a chance to make an impact, his appearance could pave the way for more substantial minutes—especially if Goncalves remains sidelined with a chest injury.