Last Saturday, the Revolution marched into MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus with their heads high. After a 1-0 home loss the previous week to FC Dallas, they were dying to get some points back. The Revolution got off to a rough start as Andrew Farrell headed in an own goal in the 9th minute. The Revolution quickly answered back after Teal Bunbury scored on a bad angle to tie it in the 14th minute. In a game that went back and forth with both goalies making great saves, the Crew broke free again in the 43rd minute off of a Gyasi Zardes goal from inside the penalty box. It seemed that was going to be the score going into the half, but once again the Revolution answered back in the 45th+1 minute on a Cristian Penilla volley, with an incredible set up from Juan Agudelo.
The 2nd half was back and forth football that saw each team get great chances. In the end, it came down to the last second when a shot from Cristian Martinez knocked down by Turner and ricocheted off the post came right out front only to be cleared away by Scott Caldwell, to see the Revolution steal a point in a 2-2 draw.
Revolution Player Ratings
Matt Turner 7.3
Matt Turner faced five total shots on net in the stat line. However, he did much more than stats can show. Turner came up big making three big saves along with multiple rush outs to steal the ball off the feet of Crew players. He also cleared the ball off the line a few times to keep the game level. Then of course, is the elephant in the room. Stats say he let in two goals on five shot on net, but forget to tell you one of the goals was an own goal.
Andrew Farrell 6.7
Andrew Farrell didn’t get Revs fans too pumped after scoring an own goal early into a road game. It definitely wasn’t one of his better moments. But afterward, he really stepped his game up. Farrell made key defensive plays throughout the rest of the night and continued on like it was a new game.
Claude Dielna 7.4
Claude Dielna may have executed the best slide tackle of the year in the 72nd-minute, completely pickpocketing Gyasi Zardes and avoid a breakaway chance with an opportunity to take the lead. Claude Dielna also spent the night winning six aerial battles and racking up nine clearances, earning him a spot on the MLS Team of the Week.
Jalil Anibaba 7.9
Claude Dielna may have made the Team of the Week, but Jalil Anibaba should have won Defensive Player of the Week. Jalil single-handedly saved the Revs from conceding a goal three different times. On the night Jalil blocked four shots and cleared two balls off the line, while six clearances and six interceptions. Jalil most certainly earned his starting spot on.
Gabriel Somi 6.2
Gabriel Somi could have had a better game, but he could have played worse too. He only registered two clearances and three interceptions. He also getting burned by the Crew three times, one of which was in the penalty area. Somi had less than 70% pass completion and to add insult to injury, he also picked up a yellow card.
Wilfried Zahibo 6.6
Zahibo didn’t play especially bad. However, he also didn’t contribute much to the team that stood out. He played a pretty average game, registering a pass completion percentage of 80%. It was higher than it has been, but that’s really the only takeaway. Zahibo also had two clearances and two tackles on the night. He also was awarded a yellow card.
Cristian Penilla 8.3
The Ecuadorian Dellorian continues to tear up MLS in 2018. Penilla played great notching the game-tying goal on a beautiful volley, and also provided the assist to the games first tying goal scored by Teal Bunbury. Penilla came very close to scoring two other times with his three shots on net, which was half of the Revs total shots on net. With that, Penilla wins my vote for Man of the Match.
Luis Caicedo 6.7
Caicedo does his job, that’s the bottom line. So far in 2018 Luis hasn’t done anything to really disappoint people. He did deliver an almost 82% pass completion rate, which is well above average. He also registered four tackles and three clearances of the ball.
Diego Fagundez 6.6
It was definitely an off day for Diego, and not just because he didn’t score. Diego looked sloppy at times. He made some bad passes, bad decisions, and really just didn’t fully show up to play. While he registered 82% pass completion, Diego was not his normal self.
Juan Agudelo 7.0
In his first start of the season since week one against the Philadelphia Union, Juan surely impressed Brad Freidel. Juan was able to give the Revs an additional offensive asset with Scott Caldwell on the bench, and it definitely showed. The Revs had more scoring chances and were getting forward more often. To add to his night, Juan provided Penilla with a beautiful assist for the game-tying goal.
I have been pretty hard on Teal for a while now. But on Saturday, he really impressed me. Teal got forward and created chances to provide 1/3 of the Revs’ total shots on net with two. This includes one he buried in off the post to tie the game. Teal really stepped up for me and has given me confidence in him. I never thought I would say this, but I’ll be happy to see Teal in the Revs next starting XI.
Kristian Nemeth 6.6
There isn’t much to say about Nemeth as he only played about 15 minutes, but he looked good I guess. Didn’t screw anything up for them and helped preserve the tie. I still think Nemeth should be given another chance to start to show us his full potential.
Scott Caldwell 6.9
This substitution confused me at the time. Juan was having a great game and they put Scott in, a defensive player, in for a forward. Scott only played about 34 minutes, but in that time kept things in line and came up huge in the final seconds clearing the loose ball out of the area to end the game.