Three thoughts on the Revolution's 2-1 victory over DC United
1. Bobby Shuttleworth has the mental fortitude to move on after making a mistake- Luis Silva's early goal for DC United should have certainly been a save on Shuttleworth's part, but he didn't let that error hurt him for the remainder of the game. He stood strong between the goal posts and helped the Revolution preserve a key victory. He may have only made two saves, but the last one he had to make was important. With only minutes remaining in the game, he made an enormous stop on Lionard Pajoy, who was in alone on a breakaway. Mistakes happen. What's rare is the professionalism and discipline that is necessary to keep them in the past and continue to play.
2. Oh boy, did the Revs need this one- Not only does this win push the Revolution further forward in their hunt for a spot in the postseason, but it also validates them as a legitimate playoff caliber team. They entered this game with a 0-1-1 record in all competitions against DC this season. DC, who entered the game with two wins, 14 losses, the league's second-worst defensive record, and the league's worst offensive record, are not a good team this year. To say they are a good team would be a lie. They may have good players, but together they do not make a strong team. Playoff caliber teams do not lose to the worst team in the league. The Revolution made their statement.
3. Welcome back, Kevin Alston- It's great to see Kevin Alston back on the field. After being away for over half the season rehabilitating a rare, but treatable, form of leukemia, it's a very positive sign to see Alston back among his teammates in a competitive setting. Make no mistake, Alston's arrival in the 84th minute for Dimitry Imbongo brought some much-needed strength to the Revolution, who were facing a determined DC side that was trying to tie the game late. Alston certainly has his work cut out for him if he wants to earn a starting spot (both Chris Tierney and Andrew Farrell are having solid seasons) but the good news is that he has been medically cleared to be a part of that competition.
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