New England Soccer Today

Player Ratings: New England Revolution at Chicago Fire

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 3-2 loss to the Chicago Fire on Sunday.

Matt Reis – Average Rating: 3 (Brian 3, Sean 3)
Looked silly and molasses slow in the first half; second half was better, but was absolutely awful on the Oduro goal. (Brian) … A good second half save couldn’t erase a dreadful first 45 minutes. Defense put a lot of pressure on Reis and he wasn’t at the top of his game. (Sean)

Chris Tierney – Average Rating: 5.5 (Brian 5.5, Sean 5.5)
Nearly slipped one through via the free kick; defensively sound; admirable performance in light of the team’s terrible first half. (Brian) … Can’t be faulted for any of the Fire’s goals or dangerous chances and set pieces were generally solid. (Sean)

Darrius Barnes3 (Brian 3, Sean 3)
Beaten on the first two goals, but later stepped up his performance; overall, troubling return to his natural CB slot. (Brian) … Feilhaber blamed himself for the penalty kick, but it was Barnes who let Nyarko get the inside positioning on him. Coria and Barnes didn’t work well together. (Sean)

Franco Coria – Average Rating: 1.75 (Brian 2.5, Sean 1)
Flat footed on first two goals, then beaten for speed on the Nyarko goal; inexcusable performance all around. (Brian) … Flatfooted on the second goal and too slow to keep up with Nyarko on the second.  Also beaten – and bailed out by Reis – on Oduro’s second half breakaway. After a promising start to the season Coria’s looked poor lately. (Sean)

Kevin Alston – Average Rating: 5.25 (Brian 5.5, Sean 5)
Slow to track back on the Oduro goal; however, his forays into the final third aided the attack. (Brian) … One of his more effective nights getting forward, but the center backs needed more help from him early. (Sean)

Kenny Mansally – Average Rating: 4.25 (Brian 4.5, Sean 4)
Ambitious shot in the first half nearly squeaked through; otherwise, it was a fairly quiet day for the streaky striker/midfielder. (Brian) … Looked dangerous with his pace a couple times, but service was poor and wasn’t involved enough in the attack. (Sean)

Benny Feilhaber – Average Rating: 4.75 (Brian 5, Sean 4.5)
Giveway in the middle led to first goal; continued to shoulder the load on the attack, with mixed results. (Brian) … Early giveaway helped lead to the penalty. Set pieces weren’t great. (Sean)

Shalrie Joseph – Average Rating: 5.25 (Brian 5.5, Sean 5)
Passing was there, couldn’t convert his second half chances; should’ve been a bigger presence in the back. (Brian) … Chicago exploited holes in the middle and part of that falls on Shalrie, even if he wasn’t directly at fault for the goals. (Sean)

Ryan Guy – Average Rating: 7 (Brian 7, Sean 7)
Workrate was sensational; shook off some wild passes to score the two goals that almost brought the Revs back. (Brian) … Worked hard for 90 minutes and it paid off with two goals. Service was inconsistent. (Sean)

Milton Caraglio – Average Rating: 5 (Brian 5, Sean 5)
Pedestrian pace for much of the match, but tremendous work inside the area helped out Guy on both goals. (Brian) … Would like to see him do better on the header he had and a lack of pace hurt him, but he aided in both of Guy’s garbage time goals. (Sean)

Zack Schilawski – Average Rating: 4.75 (Brian 5, Sean 4.5)
Got a couple of decent looks on goal, but the chemistry between him and Caraglio was lacking. (Brian) … Had trouble finding space in the attack. (Sean)

(sub) Kheli Dube – Average Rating: 4.25 (Brian 4, Sean 4.5)
Fired a couple of shots, but clearly wasn’t comfortable in the midfielder’s role. (Brian) … At his best when he’s making quacking passing and combination plays. Showed life a few times on the left, though it’s clearly not an ideal position for him. (Sean)

(sub) Diego Fagundez – Average Rating: 6 (Brian 6, Sean 6)
Another superb appearance by the teenager; instantly sharpened the attack, and could’ve earned a penalty when Johnson tackled him inside the box. (Brian) … Great spark off the bench. (Sean)


  1. Steve

    September 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Guys, you can’t seriously give Darrius a 3 rating. I understand that when a defense is undone so comprehensively in a 3-0 loss you can’t really rate any of the defenders too high, but he was brilliant all night in a real difficult spot. Coria was the slow one, not tracking runs and looking totally lost while Barnes was forced to try and keep track of Oduro AND Nyarko throughout the match. I’d have given him at least a 4, probably a 5.

    Also, you have Ryan Guy listed as a sub.

    • Sean Donahue

      September 27, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      I think most would agree Coria was the worst player on the pitch on Sunday. That said, Barnes was beaten for speed on a few occasions himself and the positioning and communication between the two center backs was dreadful. It’s hard to just default all that blame to Coria. Sure Barnes made a couple of saving tackles, but when the center of the defense is constantly and easily ripped apart, I can’t justify giving either center back an average (5) rating. I’d hardly call his performance brilliant. Do I think it would have been another story if he was partnered with Soares? Absolutely.

      It was Barnes who was beaten for the penalty. Coria was beaten for the second goal, but Barnes didn’t move to put pressure on the pass or help Coria track the runner. He was also out-muscled by Nyarko on Oduro’s chance that Reis saved. And if Nyarko had passed it to Oduro on his breakaway for the easy tap-in, the blame would’ve fallen on Barnes who didn’t track Oduro.

      I stand by the 3 rating and certainly wouldn’t use brilliant to describe his night.

      • Steve

        September 28, 2011 at 8:36 am

        I can understand a reluctance to give him a 5, but I still think a 3 is very harsh on him. Watch the tape again on Oduro’s chance that Reis saved: Barnes wasn’t out-muscled at all. He matched Nyarko pace for pace and managed to hold him up physically without committing a foul (no easy feat against a guy who is faster than you and in control of the ball) and forced him to pull up and pass. If Coria had been half as fast (or had been in proper position instead of lazily trailing the play) he’d have been in position to cut the angle of the pass and it never would have reached Oduro. But, naturally, Coria was three steps back.

        I’ll have to watch the first goal, but most of the stuff I saw was Barnes trying to cut a passing lane, or mark two men, while Coria dithered in the gaps and hustled after forwards who had long passed him into scoring areas.

        • Sean Donahue

          September 28, 2011 at 9:31 am

          Nyarko wouldn’t have had a chance to get forward or pass in the first place on that chance if Barnes hadn’t let him easily win the 50/50 ball that was more of a clearance than a pass from the Fire defense. Sure, he kept up with him, but I don’t give him a lot of credit for it when he basically allowed Nyarko to take the ball down unchallenged.

          Again, I give him credit for a few good plays, but I think the bad plays more than cancel it out. If a forward scores on 50% of his chances, that’s pretty good. If a defender blows it on 50% of his opponents chances, that’s not good at all.

          You could argue Coria’s performance made it near impossible for Barnes to have a good game and I’d find it hard to disagree, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to rate Barnes as if he had a good game. Don’t get me wrong, I think Barnes should be a starting center back on this team and could work well with Soares. It’s worth noting we gave Soares a similarly poor rating last week when paired with Coria.

  2. Chris B

    September 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I agree with Steve. Let’s at least say Barnes stepped it up after going down three nil. I wasn’t too focused on him during the match but he had one play with a great tackle and recovery to make sure he got the ball safely back to Reis, my dad and I both said “wow” easily the best defensive play of the game for NE. Maybe he deserves a 3.5 or a 4. You gave Alston a higher rating but he is fast enough to defend the Fire forwards and did better going forward himself. At least you made Coria’s terrible game known. Since Soares is now doubtful on Saturday it’s most likely Barnes-Cochrane which SHOULD be better no excuses on communication this time!

  3. The Midnight Ride Podcast

    September 28, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Agree with Steve to a point, but remember it takes two to tango. Barnes stepped up his game too late, but Matt Reis has to shoulder some of the blame. He needs to take ownership of that back line and get it sorted.

    Franco needs to hang out with Darrius and Kevin on the couch and play FIFA all afternoon and get on the same page as these guys mentally (why do these guys only work half days?)

  4. Norm Kanold

    September 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Ryan Guy certainly deserves his rating. He strives hard and runs fast throughout each game, as you noted, and now shows that he can score as well.

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