On the heels of a disappointing 4-2 loss to FC Dallas, the Revolution defense found its form, guiding the home club to a much-needed win over Jordan Morris and Seattle Sounders FC. Who stood out during the 2-1 win?
Check out our player ratings—and vote for your Man of the Match—below.
Bobby Shuttleworth - 5
After his soft punch set up a 7th-minute goal from Aaron Kovar, Shuttleworth turned in a mistake-free match, holding the visitors scoreless for the ensuing 83 minutes. He looked particularly sharp with his feet, easily handling several bounding balls in the back.
Andrew Farrell - 8
While playing in his natural right back post, Farrell outclassed the Seattle attack. He collected six tackles and three interceptions in a stout defensive performance and, moving forward, created a pair of goal-scoring chances. After the match, Jay Heaps commented on the intentionality of the decision to move Farrell wide, saying, " It was an idea that we had been talking about for a little while..." Could Farrell be in line for a long-term transition back to the right side?
London Woodberry - 6
Woodberry turned in a relatively quiet performance, but flexed his versatility—a common theme for the 2016 Revolution—by shifting to the center. He minimized defensive mistakes, stuck with his man in the box and intercepted a game-high four passes.
Jose Goncalves - 7
Goncalves, like Farrell, played a significant role in quieting Seattle's frontrunners. He rarely took wrong step while winning 50/50 balls, sticking with his mark in the box and using his strength to keep his opposition off the ball. It's good to have JoGo back.
Chris Tierney - 5
Tierney made his lone mistake in the 7th minute when he lunged in on Aaron Kovar, who took a touch and beat Shuttleworth with a bounding finish. Offensively, he didn't find the space he needed to create his typical two-to-three chances, but still looked sharp moving forward.
Scott Caldwell - 8
On Saturday, Caldwell answered any questions about his ability to command the defensive midfield alone. The Akron alum roamed about for all 90 minutes, outmuscling attackers while connecting on 92 percent of his passes. He even created a pair of goal-scoring chances.
Kelyn Rowe - 7
In a box-to-box role, Rowe stuffed the stat sheet, creating two chances, hitting a pair of shots (two on goal) and executing four tackles. Of course, he also shifted out wide, yet again fielding multiple positions in the same match. Rowe's career in New England has been marked by inconsistency, but he has found his groove thus far in 2016.
Lee Nguyen - 8.5
After a slow start to the season, Nguyen has begun to dominate opposing clubs. On Saturday, he finished a virtually unsaveable penalty. He set up Femi's game winner with a scrappy assist in traffic. And, perhaps most impressive, he connected on an astonishing 92 percent of his passes. Jurgen Klinsmann is missing out.
Diego Fagundez - 4.5
Unlike Nguyen, Fagundez has cooled off over the most few matches. He brought good energy—and connected on the majority of his passes in the attaching third (89 percent passing on the night)—but struggled to stay consistently involved. Diego ultimately parted for Daigo Kobayashi in the 69th minute.
Juan Agudelo - 5.5
After recording a goal or an assist in four consecutive matches, Agudelo failed to get on the score sheet against the Sounders—New England Revolution schedulebut it wasn't due to a lack of effort. He looked sharp moving forward and stuck his nose in several attacking chances, but was ultimately replaced for Teal Bunbury in a surprise, 54th-minute substitution.
Kei Kamara - 7.5
Though still looking for his first goal, Kamara turned in a tireless shift. He hawked Seattle's back line, causing several errant passes with high pressure. And he was quick to distribute, creating a pair of goal-scoring opportunities. The goals will come. But for now, Kamara's work rate and unselfish play will continue to benefit the Revolution.
Teal Bunbury - 6
Bunbury looked sharp off the bench in an energetic, 36-minute appearance. He found acres of space to work down the right channel and used it to his advantage, constantly spurring the attack with crisp passes and strong dribble sequences. His highlight arrived in the final moments, when he nearly sealed the game with a shot that clanked off the crossbar.
Daigo Kobayashi - 4.5
Not much cooking for Daigo, who made strong runs into the box but left only a minimal impact on the match.
Femi Hollinger-Janzen - 8
In an incredibly efficient shift, Femi took just two touches: one to reel in a pass from Nguyen, and another to turn that pass into his second career goal, a game winner. He has a nose for the goal that has proven invaluable off the bench this season; we've only seen the beginning.