New England Soccer Today

Player Ratings: New England Revolution vs. Chivas USA

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 Revs 3-2 loss to Chivas USA.

Matt Reis – Average Rating: 4.5 (Brian 4.5, Sean 4.5)
Obvious miscommunication on the first goal, then caught out of position on the second one. Save on the Moreno shot in the 58th was the lone highlight in a game to forget for the usually-reliable keeper. (Brian) … Looked like he may have called off his defenders on the first goal and faked out of position on the third goal, but made a big save on Moreno after Alston’s blunder. (Sean)

Kevin Alston – Average Rating: 5.25 (Brian 5.5, Sean 5)
Battled to stifle Elliot; made up for the poor pass that Moreno pocketed and nearly scored on in the 58th with a beautiful ball ahead on Fagundez’s goal. (Brian) … Lucky not to be punished for his bizarre pass around the hour mark, made some nice runs forward, his service was inconsistent outside of the nice pass setting up Fagundez. (Sean)

Ryan Cochrane – Average Rating: 4 (Brian 4, Sean 4)
Got away with a few shaky sequences early; finishing on the early header not great. (Brian) … Some shaky moments as the center of the defense was consistently beaten on counterattacks.  Missed two great opportunities on offense. (Sean)

Darrius Barnes – Average Rating: 4.75 (Brian 4.5, Sean 5)
Pace saved him from a few defensive lapses; exposed by Moreno more than a few times. (Brian) … Defended Labrocca well on his goal, but was unlucky with the rebound on the blocked shot. Looked poor on the first goal, but may have been called off by Reis. (Sean)

Chris Tierney – Average Rating: 4.5 (Brian 5, Sean 4)
Service from the run of play and on free kicks was decent, but was beat for speed on the wing often. (Brian) … Faked out, along with Reis, on the third goal. Service was unusually poor from both the run of play and set pieces. (Sean)

Sainey Nyassi – Average Rating: 5.25 (Brian 5, Sean 5.5)
Threatened early with a few good runs on the right, and got a few crosses off, to boot. Second half was a different story.  (Brian) … Made some great runs forward, using his speed to good effect, but his service was inconsistent. (Sean)

Shalrie Joseph – Average Rating: 6 (Brian 6.5, Sean 5.5)
The engine of the Revs offense; unlucky to hit the woodwork late, but didn’t diminish another strong night by the skipper. (Brian) … Well taken penalty and unlucky on his late shot, but should have done better with his last minute header and on a few occasions was a bit slow in his decisions on the ball in the defensive third. (Sean)

Stephen McCarthy – Average Rating: 5 (Brian 5.5, Sean 4.5)
Hobbled a bit for times, but with Benny pinching inside and Tierney pushing up, the rookie did well to aid in the rear.  (Brian) … Turnover led to Chivas second goal and a few too many giveaways overall. (Sean)

Benny Feilhaber – Average Rating: 5.5 (Brian 6.5, Sean 4.5)
Created well and looked dangerous throughout the game; corners could’ve been better, though. (Brian) … Still doesn’t look completely comfortable on the wing and at times tried to force things on offense, leading to turnovers. Set pieces were poor. (Sean)

Zach Schilawski – Average Rating: 5.25 (Brian 5.5, Sean 5)
Decent showing; seemed to pair well with Caraglio, looked much more comfortable up top than on the wing. (Brian) … Had an early header on frame, but otherwise was mostly a nonfactor. (Sean)

Milton Caragilo – Average Rating: 6 (Brian 6.5, Sean 5.5)
Considering it was his first game in over year, the Argentinean got into the mix by getting into good positions; touch was solid, and used his body well to win the ball inside the attacking third. (Brian) … Clearly not match fit and needs time to get to know his teammates, but showed a decent touch and ability to link up with others in the attack on occasion. Early signs are positive (Sean)

(sub) Kenny Mansally – Average Rating: 4.75 (Brian 5, Sean  4.5)
Made a few nice runs, but otherwise, really wasn’t a part of the late fireworks. (Brian) … Failed to make much of an impact after coming on. Took a poor long shot rather than passing. (Sean)

(sub) Diego Fagundez – Average Rating: 8.75 (Brian 9, Sean 8.5)
Going up against guys older and stronger than him, the 16-year-old flat out dazzled in his debut; fearless in the final third, impeccable touch, and, oh yeah, tremendous collection on Alston’s pass and perfect finish on the goal. Single-handedly set up both Revs’ goals. (Brian) … The 16-year-old proved quite the supersub, earning a penalty kick and scoring a goal in his debut. As Nicol said, “what more can you ask for?”(Sean)

(sub) Pat Phelan – Average Rating: N/R (Brian 5.5, Sean N/R)
Solid in the rear, and played mistake-free in the midfield and defending third late. (Brian) … Came on so the Revs could play a 3-5-2, but didn’t have enough time to make much of an impact. (Sean)

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