New England Soccer Today

Player Ratings: New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls

Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen scored his third goal of the season with a shot from outside of the 18 to help lead the Revolution over the Red Bulls on Sunday. (Photo: Kari Heistad)

After each match the contributors to New England Soccer Today will rate the performances of the New England Revolution players who made an appearance on a 1 to 10 scale (1 horrendous, 5 average, 10 perfection). This week Sean Donahue and Julian Cardillo contributed ratings for the New England Revolution’s 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls.

Bobby Shuttleworth – Average Rating: 5.75 (Sean 6.5, Julian 5)
Won’t get a much easier night, but commanded his box well and was more vocal with his backline. (Sean) … Had little to do, but seemed confident and communicated well with his defense. (Julian)

Kevin Alston – Average Rating: 6.25 (Sean 6.5, Julian 6)
Overran Kenny Cooper on his dangerous shot, but otherwise a solid night defensively and found some success going forward. (Sean) … Good runs out of the back, but got beaten by poor positioning a few times. (Julian)

Stephen McCarthy – Average Rating:  6.25 (Sean 6, Julian 6.5)
Kept up his good run of form with another strong performance. (Sean) … Good job taking care of Cooper and some impressive, well-timed sliding tackles. (Julian)

A.J. Soares – Average Rating: 6.5 (Sean 6.5, Julian 6.5)
Gone were the mistakes of the past two games and back was one of the best center backs in the league. (Sean) … Positioning and partnership with McCarthy were great, but the duo did almost let Cooper score in the second half. (Julian)

Chris Tierney – Average Rating: 5.5 (Sean 6, Julian 5)
Struggled a little with Dane Richards early, but held his own against the faster opponent as the game went on. Put a few dangerous balls into the box and had a nice assist on Nguyen’s goal. (Sean) … Beaten for speed at left back and didn’t step up to take the set pieces. (Julian)

Clyde Simms – Average Rating: 6.25 (Sean 6.5, Julian 6)
Fullbacks must love playing with Simms as more often than not, he’s there to cover when they go forward or quick to provide valuable support as a second defender. Only three of his passes (not counting headers) didn’t connect. (Sean) … Per usual, he cleaned up messes in midfield and did well to help out defensively. (Julian)

Benny Feilhaber – Average Rating: 5.75 (Sean 5.5, Julian 6)
After a great June, Feilhaber started July fairly quietly. Probably should’ve done better with his first half chance and faded in the second half before getting subbed out. (Sean) … Silent game, though his set pieces were much better. Would have liked to see him go full 90. (Julian)

Kelyn Rowe – Average Rating: 4.75 (Sean 4.5, Julian 5)
For whatever reason, he rarely saw the ball and had little impact in his time on the field. (Sean) …Should have been subbed out earlier, especially since he was silent out wide. (Julian)

Lee Nguyen – Average Rating: 7 (Sean 7, Julian 7)
Great finish and would’ve had an assist or two if his forwards had taken their chances. (Sean) … Great catalyst in midfield and fantastic shot from range to get the goal. Really the playmaker in this game. (Julian)

Blake Brettschneider – Average Rating: 5 (Sean 4.5, Julian 5.5)
So many chances and nothing to show for it. Effort was there, but with better finishing Brettschneider could’ve and should’ve had a few goals and probably a hat trick. (Sean) … Positioning: Brilliant. Finishing: Terrible. (Julian)

Saer Sene – Average Rating: 6 (Sean 6, Julian 6)
Finishing let him down again, but passing in the final third was great, creating chances for both Brettschneider and Feilhaber. Got away with a shove, but his effort led to Bengtson’s goal. (Sean) … Finishing was poor on more than one occasion, but he set up some nice attacks. (Julian)

(sub) Jerry Bengtson – Average Rating: 6.25 (Sean 6.5, Julian 6)
Scoring on one end and saving a shot off the line with a header on the other – can’t ask for much more than that in a 30 minute debut. (Sean) … Easy finish on the goal and very admirable to stay up top and claw for chances on his own. (Julian)

(sub) Shalrie Joseph – Average Rating: 5.75 (Sean 5.5, Julian 6)
Provided some needed energy off the bench when he first came in, but soon seemed to be showing signs of injury as he was moving around. (Sean) … Really interesting to see him come in fresh with 20 minutes left to play. Not much of a factor, but was moving gingerly. (Julian)

(sub) Diego  FagundezN/A
Not enough time to make an impact.


  1. rick sewall

    July 9, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Agree with the evaluations. Would like to see the little Colombian on the field instead of Rowe. Hope Sene and Bengston stay close together. It is amazing how the skillful layers usually get the easy push in goals.

  2. Billo Follen

    July 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Agree with most including subbing Rowe earlier. would rate Alston higher on a very good game.

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