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Game Grades: Crew vs. New England Revolution

How did the Columbus players perform in the last-minute loss to the Revs?

SOCCER: MAY 16 MLS - Columbus Crew SC at New England Revolution Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

It was another disappointing result for the Columbus Crew on the road to conclude this tough stretch of games. Adam Buksa’s 86th minute winner was enough for the Revolution to walk away with three more points in a 1-0 win and hand the Black & Gold their second straight loss this season. The goal-less performance from the Crew offense marked the fourth time already this season Columbus didn’t score a goal in a match.

Here is how each Crew player performed in Sunday’s loss in Foxborough.

Starters

Eloy Room (5.5) - Room was only called to make a save three times in the game on Sunday. He made a spectacular diving stop when Carles Gil was wide open in the penalty box for a shot in the first half. The goal that got past him was more of a defensive error rather than a goalkeeping issue.

Harrison Afful (7) - The Ghanaian right back had a decent performance on the backline. Afful had the second most interceptions in the game with three and distributed the ball decently to transition. He also dribbled out of trouble on a few occasions.

Jonathan Mensah (6.5) - The captain didn’t have many instances where he had to spring into making a highlight-worthy defensive play. Instead, Mensah had another consistent game of keeping possession and getting into the right positions. However, he was caught standing next to Buksa on the cross that led to the game-winning goal.

Josh Williams (6.5) - Anything said about Mensah’s game can also be said about Williams. He showed once again his reliability in the back to track runners and is the most confident clearer of the ball on the Crew’s backline.

Waylon Francis (7.5) - Francis has logged a lot of minutes at left back while Milton Valenzuela recovers from his injury and the Costa Rican has had some great performances. On Sunday, Francis led the team in both tackles and interceptions while winning duels and providing an attacking outlet on the left side of the field for overlaps.

Darlington Nagbe (7) - Nagbe had 95 percent pass accuracy and helped to control the tempo of the game. A few times, fans saw the American run into open space in the midfield to try and generate faster attacks.

Artur (7) - The Brazilian had a very similar game to his midfield partner. There was great pass accuracy and good defending from Artur, which is exactly what his role in the No. 8 spot requires of him.

Luis Diaz (6) - Diaz got another nod to start and showed signs of promise again by timing his runs excellently to get into space on the right side. But the same narrative continues with Diaz with fast running and getting space leading to bad crosses and no venom in the Crew’s attacking build-up.

Pedro Santos (5) - Santos didn’t excel in the No. 10 role against the Revs in place of the injured Lucas Zelarayan. He cheated towards the wings for much of the game and dropped deep to get touches. Santos had some good through balls mixed into a game where we wasn’t very active in the attack.

Derrick Etienne Jr. (5) - Etienne also didn’t have a lot of touches or activity in the attack. Francis boomed down the left side while Etienne was sort of playing as a shadow striker behind Zardes to have an extra runner in the penalty box.

Gyasi Zardes (5) - Zardes’ goal-less slump continued in this game with only two shots, heavy first touches and bad service towards him in the 18-yard box. The Crew striker hasn’t scored since the first game of the year at Real Esteli over a month ago.

Substitutes

Alexandru Matan (5) - The Romanian entered the game in the 59th minute and didn’t have a whole lot of action in the 31 minutes played. He did have the ball fall to him on one play where he shot well wide of the goal.

Liam Fraser (4.5) - The loanee from Toronto FC made his Black & Gold debut and wasn’t overly stellar for the 23 minutes he was on the field. Fraser did not apply pressure to Gil when the Revolution playmaker played a quick free kick late. A quicker decision from Fraser to pressure Gil or stand in front of the ball was one way the game-winning goal could have been prevented.

Bradley Wright-Phillips (5) - Wright-Phillips came on for Zardes in the 66th minutes and did not register a shot in the time he was on the field.

Saad Abdul-Salaam (5) - Abdul-Salaam played for 12 minutes yielding very little action on the field, playing more of a midfielder than his normal defensive position.

Aboubacar Keita (4.5) - Keita also entered in the 78th minute and similar to Fraser, he could have applied more pressure to stop the Revs’ lone goal. In the highlight, you can hear Caleb Porter yelling “C’mon Bouba!” as soon as the ball was sent to the right flank to Brandon Bye. Keita didn’t sprint towards Bye and allowed the cross to be made to Buksa.

Head coach

Caleb Porter (5) – Rotation was necessary once again for Porter’s side who highlighted simplifying the execution for Sunday’s match rather than exploit their opponent’s weakness. He is confident his guys will develop a groove and finally execute, something the Crew hasn’t done offensively at all in MLS play.

Poll

Who was the Crew’s Man of the Match against the Revolution?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    Waylon Francis
    (2 votes)
  • 40%
    Artur
    (6 votes)
  • 13%
    Jonathan Mensah
    (2 votes)
  • 33%
    Harrison Afful
    (5 votes)
15 votes total Vote Now