Player Ratings: FC Dallas at New England Revolution

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 Brian O’Connell and Sean Donahue contributed ratings for the New England Revolution’s 1-0 loss to FC Dallas.

Bobby Shuttleworth – Average Rating: 5 (Brian 5, Sean 5)
Strong showing early, but suffered a few second half hiccups. Indecisive on Kenny Cooper header that was incorrectly called offside. (Brian) … Some solid stops from being quick off his line, but was lucky an offside call nullified Cooper’s goal and looked shaky on a few other chances including a 43rd minute free kick he came out for, but didn’t get as Dallas headed wide. (Sean)

Kevin Alston –Average Rating:  4.5 (Brian 5, Sean 4)
Throw-ins improved, and passing amongst his fellow defenders was sharp. But forward passes and dreadful finish alone on Fernandez didn’t help Revs cause. (Brian) … Wasted the Revolution’s best chance of the night with a weak shot and was exposed defensively at times. (Sean)

Jose Goncalves – Average Rating: 4.75 (Brian 5, Sean 4.5)
Wasn’t afraid to incorporate some muscle and did well to track back and disrupt Dallas’ attack early, but poor positioning on Perez allowed him to score the winner. (Brian) …. Some solid play defensively, but communication between the backline seemed problematic at times as Cooper was allowed free to score his incorrectly ruled offside goal and lost Perez on the goal. Too many long balls. (Sean)

A.J. Soares – Average Rating: 5.5 (Brian 5.5, Sean 5.5)
Solid throughout; kept the ball on the ground more often this week, but too often tried the ambitious pass rather than the safe one. (Brian) … See above about some communication issues, but overall a good outing with a couple of brave blocks. (Sean)

Andrew Farrell – Average Rating: 5.5 (Brian 5.5, Sean 5.5)
Made a number contributions on both ends of the pitch; fortunate that Jackson could only flail at Kenny Cooper’s 14th minute pass across goal. (Brian) … Added some spark to the attack when he went forward and did well defensively, though he was caught forward on a few occasions. (Sean)

Diego Fagundez – Average Rating: 5.5 (Brian 5.5, Sean 5.5)
Created some early chances and played a solid games; unfortunate not to get better wood on his 34th minute shot. (Brian) … Looked dangerous when he had the ball, but didn’t see enough of it. Needed to do better with his first half chance. (Sean)

Clyde Simms – Average Rating: 5 (Brian 5, Sean 5)
Helped plug some of the gaps in the back, but his inability to spring an attacker didn’t help the offense. (Brian) … Not one of his best nights as far as maintaining possession. Good effort breaking up attacks down the center, but struggled to link with Toja. (Sean)

Juan Toja – Average Rating: 4.75 (Brian 4.5, Sean 5)
Freelanced far too often; teammates struggled to find him in space and dropped back too much. (Brian) … Positioning was questionable as a center midfielder and sometimes played too slowly, but still seemed to be involved in just about every dangerous Revolution attack. (Sean)

Lee Nguyen – Average Rating: 5.25 (Brian 5.5, Sean 5)
Passing wasn’t great but almost beat Fernandez late. Seemed out of his element on the right. (Brian) … Didn’t look as comfortable on the right, passing was a bit off and his three shot attempts never really threatened the net. (Sean)

Ryan Guy – Average Rating: 4.75 (Brian 5, Sean 4.5)
In the withdrawn forward’s role, Guy struggled to get on same page with Bengtson and Toja. (Brian) … Invisible for much of the first half. Partnership up top just never seemed to click. (Sean)

Jerry Bengtson – Average Rating: 4.75 (Brian 4.5, Sean 5)
Nearly scored the game-winner before Fernandez lifted it over the bar; lost the ball too frequently, but wasn’t helped by Toja’s runs. (Brian) … Came closest to scoring with his header off Toja’s cross and set up a great chance for Toja with a cross of his own. Effort seemed to be there all night despite his busy international schedule, but didn’t get many chances and passing wasn’t great. (Sean)

(sub) Kelyn Rowe – Average Rating: 4.5 (Brian 4.5, Sean 4.5)
Passes were good when he kept it simple; yellow card was a little unjustified. (Brian) … Got a yellow card quickly after coming on for grabbing Jackson’s shirt after he was beat. Didn’t manage to have much of an impact on the offense. (Sean)

(sub) Andy Dorman – Average Rating: N/A
Minimal impact. (Brian) … Not enough time to make an impact. (Sean)

(sub) Chris Tierney – Average Rating: N/A (Brian 4.5, Sean N/A)
Had a chance to steer Revs to equalizer on a late free kick, but couldn’t find a teammate inside the box. (Brian) … Not enough time to make an impact. (Sean)

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About Sean Donahue and Brian O'Connell

Sean Donahue has been covering the New England Revolution since 2002 for various publications. He hosted Revolution Recap, a weekly radio program covering the New England Revolution and U.S. Men's National Team from 2005-2008. He is a member of the North American Soccer Reporters, and can be reached via e-mail at nesoccertoday@gmail.com. Brian O'Connell has covered the New England Revolution since 2006, and has written extensively for the Associated Press, Revsnet.com, and New England Soccer News. He is a member of the North American Soccer Reporters, and can be easily reached at BOConnell21@aol.com.