New England Soccer Today

Player Ratings: New England Revolution at Portland Timbers

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 3-0 loss in Portland on Friday.

Matt Reis – Average Rating: 4.5 (Brian 5, Sean 4)
Hard to blame him for all the attacking avenues in front of him, but managed a handful of heady saves to keep it respectable. Somewhat. (Brian) … Made a few good saves, but was slow off his line on the first goal and possibly could’ve gotten to the cross on the second. (Sean)

Benny Feilhaber's creativity couldn't save the Revs on Friday. (Photo by CHRIS ADUAMA/

Kevin Alston – Average Rating: 3.75 (Brian 4, Sean 3.5)
Beaten along the flank by Nagbe and Alhassan; biggest contribution was his noticeably sharper service in the final third. (Brian) … In no-man’s land on Chara’s goal. Struggled all night with Portland’s creative attack and often caught out of position. Timing of runs forward was questionable. (Sean)

Franco Coria – Average Rating: 3 (Brian 3, Sean 3)
Beaten to pulp by Cooper and general indifference inside the box led to the first two goals. Sloppy performance. (Brian) … Beaten by Cooper all night and with better finishing could’ve been at fault for more goals. (Sean)

A.J. Soares – Average Rating: 3.5 (Brian 3.5, Sean 3.5)
Painfully out of synch with Coria; lax defending made him look like a bonafide rookie. (Brian) … Struggled with positioning as Portland easily sliced through the center of the Revs defense. (Sean)

Darrius Barnes – Average: 5.25 (Brian 5, Sean 5.5)
One of the few bright(er) spots defensively; overmatched early, but settled in as the game progressed. (Brian) … Made several saving tackles and blocks to prevent the final score from being worse than it was. (Sean)

Chris Tierney – Average Rating: 4.25 (Brian 4.5, Sean 4)
Serviceable on set pieces and crosses, but soft challenge on Nagbe goal left Reis out to dry. (Brian) … Didn’t close Palmer quick enough in the build-up to Chara’s goal. Struggled when moved to left back and couldn’t get much going forward in the midfield either. (Sean)

Sharlie Joseph – Average Rating: 4.5 (Brian 4.5, Sean 4.5)
Ball-watching on the Chara goal, defensively shaky overall; but helped out in the possession department. (Brian) … Passing was good, but along with Coria and Soares was caught flat-footed on the opening goal. (Sean)

Benny Feilhaber – Average Rating: 5.25 (Brian 5.5, Sean 5)
The engine of the attack much of the night, but at times tried to do too much. (Brian) … Creativity on his shots was impressive, but overambitious run that ended in a turnover right off the kickoff was a good example of his night. (Sean)

Monsef Zerka – Average Rating: 4.25 (Brian 4, Sean 4.5)
Solid early, but once again, disappeared as the game progressed; fitness has betrayed him. (Brian) … The class is obvious, but the conditioning isn’t there yet. (Sean)

Milton Caraglio – Average Rating: 3.75 (Brian 3.5, Sean 4)
Finishing flew the coop; chipped in on defense, but in front of the net, he failed to put away some golden chances. (Brian) … Appears capable of the spectacular, but his shooting let him down all night. (Sean)

Rajko Lekic – Average Rating: 4 (Brian 4, Sean 4)
Poor runs and wild ideas plagued him before he picked up an injury before the half. (Brian) … Unlike the previous two matches, didn’t seem on the same page with Caraglio. (Sean)

(sub) Zack Schilawski – Average Rating: 3.75 (Brian 4, Sean 3.5)
Never looked comfortable up top with Caraglio; lone shot on goal only noticeable contribution to the attack. (Brian) … Slipped on a great chance late in the match and otherwise struggled to connect with the rest of the offense. (Sean)

(sub) Ryan Guy – Average Rating: 4.75 (Brian 5, Sean 4.5)
A force on the right immediately, but seemed to become a liability late. (Brian) … Provided energy off the bench, but his service was generally a bit too long. (Sean)

(sub) Kenny Mansally – Average Rating: 5 (Brian 5.5, Sean 4.5)
Passing was solid, but never really sprang a solid chance from the left. (Brian) … Struggled to make much of an impact after entering. (Sean)


  1. risapres

    September 17, 2011 at 9:21 am

    this sinking “scow” noses its way to the bottom. Oh Lord if there was only relegation, the ownership of this row boat would at least be under pressure to upgrade the product top to bottom.

  2. rick sewall

    September 19, 2011 at 9:41 am

    The MLS will be a good league only when a system of promotion and relegation is installed and when the season goes from the middle of August to early June like the premiere league. Playing in the summer simply does not work. Get rid of artificial turf. The players are not good enough to deal with it. The ball bounces around like crazy. The relegation issue is the major one. Players dont know pressure until theyve experienced it.

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