New England Soccer Today

Player Ratings: New England Revolution vs. San Jose Earthquakes

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 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

Bobby Shuttleworth – Average Rating: 5 (Brian 5, Sean 5)
Made a few nice stops, but couldn’t do much about the mental errors in front of him. Still lacks the presence to direct his defenders. (Brian) … Made some decent saves and can’t be faulted for the goals, but would like to see him organize the first team defense the way he’s shown he’s capable of with the reserves. (Sean)

Chris Tierney – Average Rating: 5 (Brian 5, Sean 5)
Heavily involved on both ends of the pitch, made good passes, but was clearly exposed on the Earthquakes’ counterattacks. (Brian) … Some decent crosses, but passing was inconsistent and struggled at times on the defensive end. (Sean)

Darrius Barnes – Average Rating: 5.75 (Brian 6, Sean 5.5)
Throw-ins still leave something to be desired, but in the rear, he mopped up well and got into good positions. (Brian) … A couple of shaky moments on the ball, but otherwise a solid performance keeping San Jose at bay. (Sean)

Ryan Cochrane – Average Rating:  3.25 (Brian 3.5, Sean 3)
Slow reaction on Bingham long ball was embarrassing; effort’s there, but the decision-making and positioning was painful to watch. (Brian) … Inexcusably burned on the first goal and struggled with Chris Wondolowski all night. It’s been a month to forget for Cochrane. (Sean)

Kevin Alston – Average Rating: 5 (Brian 5, Sean 5)
Sharp passes and smart runs aided the attack, but late lapse on 2nd Wondolowski goal ruined an otherwise notable night. (Brian) … Beaten by Wondolowski on the game-winning goal. Some dangerous runs forward, but still looks indecisive at times in the final third. (Sean)

Monsef Zerka – Average Rating: 4 (Brian 4, Sean 4)
Quiet night for the winger, who’s creativity was there, but the execution certainly wasn’t. Temper also seemed to get the best of him. (Brian) … Passing was inconsistent and struggled to find the space with his off the ball movement that he has in previous games. Shots were poor. (Sean)

Benny Feilhaber – Average Rating: 5.75 (Brian 5.5, Sean 6)
Workhorse on the attack again; may have somewhat selfish in the final third, but was rewarded with a nice finish in the 55th minute. (Brian) … Led the attack. Won the dangerous free kick setting up the goal he would eventually convert. Nearly set up Caraglio for a late equalizer. (Sean)

Shalrie Joseph – Average Rating:  4 (Brian 4, Sean 4)
Finishing wasn’t there, and seemed to tire as the game progressed; tried to rescue his teammates too often. (Brian) … Flubbed an early shot and passing wasn’t as accurate as we’re used to seeing. (Sean)

Ryan Guy – Average Rating: 5.25 (Brian 5, Sean 5.5)
Skill was certainly there on his 55th minute rip prior to the Feilhaber goal, but neglected his defensive chores. (Brian) … Seemed to have a target on his back with the reckless tackles San Jose kept throwing at him. Did well to keep his composure and a fantastic shot leading to Feilhaber’s goal. His defense was a bit shaky at times. (Sean)

Milton Caraglio – Average Rating: 3.75 (Brian 4, Sean 3.5)
Chances were certainly there, but his inability to finish doomed him and his teammates to another loss. (Brian) … Looked slow, caught offside a few times too many, and his finishing was severely lacking. (Sean)

Diego Fagundez – Average Rating: 5.5 (Brian 5.5, Sean 5.5)
Off the ball runs were sharp, vision and passes were good, but like Caraglio, lacked the finishing touch when it mattered. (Brian) … Combined well with Feilhaber and Caraglio again. Passing was accurate. Needed to do better on Alston’s cross. (Sean)

(sub) Zack Schilawski – Average Rating: 5 (Brian 5, Sean 5)
Composed on the ball late, and played the role of organizer on field full of strikers. (Brian) … Made a few nice plays in the attack as a late sub. (Sean)

(sub) Kheli Dube – N/R
Not enough time to make an impact.


  1. Jeff

    October 9, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Your ratings are terrible. You continually downplay Shalrie’s significance. Without him on the team, every game would be like the Philadelphia game. The one he didn’t play in, and the REVS looked like a High School team. You disqualify yourself as journalists based on your ratings throughout the season, and not just Shalrie but other ratings as well. How can we read your articles if your assessment of the player’s performances show you don’t understand the game.

    • Sean Donahue

      October 9, 2011 at 10:05 am

      Jeff, no one’s questioning Joseph’s significance, but do you honestly feel he’s made as much of an impact on the last few games as he was during the first half of the season when he was consistently earning ratings in the 6-8 range? An “average” performance rating for Joseph might still be a better game than an “average” performance from some of the other players on this team, but that’s because of the higher standard Joseph has proven he’s capable of.

      For example, his passing accuracy last night was 65%. That’s below the team average of 72% and not a good number for a player who usually plays such a vital role in the Revs winning the possession battle. Keep in mind some games his passing accuracy approaches 90%.

  2. rick sewall

    October 9, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I did not see the game, but Sharlie, in my opinion, has gone from a very good player to a fairly good player. The Revs need to help the centerbacks by using a full time defensive midfielder. Sharlie and Benny try to do too much. Better players and a complete managment overhaul are needed if the Revs are to improve.

    • Walter Silva

      October 13, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      even in the bad day Shalrie plays better then most all the revs players

    • Walter Silva

      October 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      and by the way im not suprise that Zack got a 5, he is Brian favorite player,

  3. Brian O'Connell

    October 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    You can talk all you want about intangibles, heart, leadership, composure, importance to the team, and any number of immeasurables, but his statistics for the 90 minutes he was on the pitch last night don’t lie: his passing was off yesterday (65%), he lost possession 19 times, and his one shot on goal flew five feet above the bar. To give Shalrie anything higher than a 5 is to essentially concede that you’re judging based upon your heart.

  4. Walter Silva

    October 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    thats a very good ratings, Zack gets a 5 Sharie gets a 4, what did Zack do to deserve a 5?, by the way Brian and Sean you need to watch the game, because dont forget you cant be witing and watch the game at the same time, get a recorder and take not then write, thats why the ratings are mess it up

  5. Kevin Shanahan

    October 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Shalrie’s passing this game was noticeably bad, to the point where my gf and I were asking aloud ‘Is he gonna make this one?’ whenever he got the ball. He’s looked a shadow of himself this month and all the overhit pass attempts in the Quakes game seemed to indicate that he was trying to overcompensate for fatigue.

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