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)


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