New England Soccer Today

Player Ratings: New England Revolution at Philadelphia Union

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 Brian O’Connell contributed ratings for the New England Revolution’s 2-1 loss at the Philadelphia Union.

Matt Reis – Average Rating: 5.5 (Brian 5.5, Sean 5.5)
Good positioning, decent service, guessed right on Adu’s penalty only to watch it sail through his arms. (Brian) … Nearly got to the penalty and good positioning throughout, though he had a pass picked off late under pressure. (Sean)

Chris Tierney – Average Rating: 5 (Brian 5, Sean 5): With the attack focused on the right, seemed invisible until the latter stages of the game. Schooled by Williams in the 65th minute. (Brian) … Placed a solid free kick on frame, but didn’t get forward too much. Struggled with Sheanon Williams. (Sean)

A.J. Soares – Average Rating: 4.25 (Brian 4.5, Sean 4)
Connecting with the midfield an issue, slow to cover McInerney and Hoppenot early, and picked up a senseless yellow in the 25th minute. (Brian) … Not one of his better performances, some loose marking and sloppy passing. (Sean)

Stephen McCarthy – Average Rating: 5.5 (Brian 5.5, Sean 5.5)
Strong on the air, solid tackles inside the area and wasn’t afraid to employ a physical brand of football. (Brian) … Solid showing, with mostly good passing out of the back. Few mistakes and recovered from those he did make. (Sean)

Kevin Alston – Average Rating: 4.25 (Brian 4.5, Sean 4)
Yes, penalty was harsh, but he was also beat on the play. Also in the wrong place at the wrong time on McInerney’s game-winner. (Brian) … Wasn’t a penalty, but still poor positioning allowed him to get beat on the play in the first place. Lost on McInerney’s game-winner and slow to get back at times. (Sean)

Lee Nguyen – Average Rating: 5 (Brian 5, Sean 5)
Unusually quiet night; between switching side with Guy and Rowe, he never really seemed to find a consistent rhythm. (Brian) … A couple of passes to no one and didn’t make the offensive impact he often does. (Sean)

Clyde Simms – Average Rating: 4.25 (Brian 4, Sean 4.5):
A ghost for most of the game; passing was good but only collected 20 touches before he was subbed out in the 60th minute. (Brian) … Typical smart passing avoiding turnovers, but seemed to get pulled out of position by the Revs constant shifting in midfield at times and didn’t seem to provide the usual great support for the defense. Made a dangerous run down the right flank, though cross was off. (Sean)

Benny Feilhaber – Average Rating: 5.75 (Brian 5.5, Sean 6)
Played a beautiful ball through to Rowe in the 35th minute and 86th minute strike nearly snuck through; encouraging night overall. (Brian) … Some quality passing offensively and put in the effort to track back and help out on defense. (Sean)

Kelyn Rowe – Average Rating: 5.25 (Brian 5, Sean 5.5)
Somewhat stronger performance than those seen in recent weeks; should’ve done better on his 35th minute shot, but helped set up his teammates early. (Brian) … Active early. Fed Sene for his goal and made a great run to get on the end of Benny’s pass, but should’ve finished it better. (Sean)

Ryan Guy – Average Rating: 4.5 (Brian 4.5, Sean 4.5)
Involved in the attack early, but seemed lost by the second half; never seemed to settle into a comfortable position. (Brian) … Didn’t look comfortable alone up top and rarely involved in the dangerous attacks. (Sean)

Saer Sene – Average Rating: 5 (Brian 5, Sean 5)
Exquisite goal, but how many chances did he squander after it? Hesitancy near the box continues to be his undoing. (Brian) … The bests and worsts of Sene all on display. Great goal, but wasted many easier chances. Poor decisions in the box. (Sean)

(sub) Shalrie Joseph – Average Rating: 5 (Brian 5, Sean 5)
Nearly found a goal when he chipped McMath only to have it land over the bar; good box-to-box play. (Brian) … Good passing and nearly scored late. (Sean)

(sub) Darrius Barnes – Average Rating: 4.75 (Brian 4.5, Sean 5)
A whole lot can of “meh” from Barnes; slow to react to a couple of Union chances and lucky not to be called for the handball late. (Brian) … Got away with a handball in the box, but held his own despite some shaky moments after coming into a tough situation. (Sean)

(sub) Dimitry Imbongo – Average Rating: 3.75 (Brian 4, Sean 3.5)
Seemed hesitant in the attacking third; did little to sharpen the attack. (Brian) … Looked slow and easily pushed off the ball in the attack. Touch was off. Blew a potential breakaway and didn’t provide support for Sene on a late counterattack. (Sean)


  1. rick sewall

    July 30, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Although I think he has the ability, Benny is not becoming the field general-midfield schemer the Revs need, someone who can slow or speed up the game to the advantage of his team, people like Reichart, Scholes, Pirlo, or even Scott Parker, a player who doesn’t have Benny’s talent..It comes down
    to his making the simple play more often. Benny would be more aware of his surrounding if he did so. Great players play the easy ball most of the time.Doing so helps them to know where people are.

    • Brian

      July 30, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      The question in my mind is whether or not Benny is underperforming relative to his talent level or if a more appropriate question if the coaching and putting Benny in a position to succeed relative to what his talents are, I think this is by and large a question that keeps arising, without being as explicitly stated, does heaps have the know how to utilize the overall talent without contesting the midfield? Putting Imbongo in, asking guy to playing the holding forward role, sene on the right side, poor production on set pieces on both sides of the ball at some point there has to be some accountability on coaching.

  2. DimitriT

    July 30, 2012 at 9:38 am

    2nd half was terrible. Players were slow and sloppy. After the great effort at KC I was surprised.

    Can’t agree with the decision to bring in Imbongo. Would have preferred a more aclimated attcker.

    • Jim

      July 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Imbongo certainly didn’t prove himself in his debut. 3.75 may be a bit high…. what did he even do?

      This season looked promising for a while, but man, this team has really come back down to earth. Can’t wait for next year’s draft pick!

  3. Brian M

    July 30, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I feel like in this game Stephen McCarthy had a pretty good game. I think that he has actually looked pretty good overall this year. Recently, though, aj hasn’t been doing so well. I’m interested to hear who you think has had a better year: aj or stephen? What overall ratings would you give them for the season so far?

  4. Demetrios Tsillas

    July 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Both AJ and Kavin are often outmatched. McCarthy is the only solid back on the team. He is not great but he is reliable. Alston does bring some speed which allows him to play midfield and deep throwins but the Union game showed how he is not a strong back. Soares became less effective in the send half possibly due to injury but even at his best he is just fair defensive player.

  5. Brian O'Connell

    July 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Hey Brian M,
    I don’t disagree at all regarding your assessment of McCarthy. After a few shaky early season showings, I think he’s been better than A.J. in the last month or so. Why that is – who knows? But one thing’s for sure – if this team is going to finish strong, they’re going to need A.J. to step up.

  6. rick sewall

    August 1, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Brian O’C, I agree with what you say. The Revs have weaknesses at left and right back, offensive midfield, and one striker position. Lee and Sene are good at the wings, but who will pair with Jerry when he returns? Put Sene with him and Cabrerra at right wing? Maybe. I still feel that the pace of professional practices are too intense and that more teaching could and should take place. Shooting the ball at goal could be gone over. Anyway, slow things down a bit. The younger players [Guy, Rowe, et al] are struggling because of the high pressure I’ll bet is the way things are at a typical Rev practice. Who knows? I’m probably wrong.

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