Revs Notebook: Shuttleworth takes over for Reis; Agudelo making progress; and more

Bobby Shuttleworth

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By KEVIN KOCZWARA

It was a tough way to be introduced to a game.

Bobby Shuttleworth’s first action when he came on for New England Revolution on Sunday night was to try and stop a penalty, after Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis had just been given a red card for bringing down Montreal Impact forward Marco Di Vaio in the penalty area. Shuttleworth was unable to stop the ensuing penalty and New England was never able to recover after going a man-down and a goal-down in just the fifth minute. The Revs eventually lost to the Impact, 4-2.

Shuttleworth will have a better chance this weekend to help the Revolution get back on their winning ways as he returns to the team as a starter this weekend when the Revolution head to Chicago to take on the Fire because Reis’s suspension.

The 26-year-old shot stopper has made 21 starts for the Revolution this season, posting a 7-10-5 record and a 1.23 goals against average, with nine shutouts. The only reason he lost the starting job to Reis, New England’s long-time No.1 goalkeeper, was because coach jay Heaps felt the team needed a boost after its Aug. 10 loss to Sporting Kansas City. Now it’s his turn to try and claim it again.

“It was a competition when Matt (Reis) jumped in and Bobby (Shuttleworth) never really fell off. It was we just needed an uptick and Matt brought it,” said Heaps after practice on Tuesday. “And now Bobby gets another chance.”

Here are some more notes from this week’s Revolution training:

 AGUDELO INJURY UPDATE

Juan Agudelo quickly became an important part of what Heaps was trying to do with the Revolution. after being traded to New England earlier this year.

The former Chivas USA and New York Red Bulls forward started strong since being traded to New England and looked like the goal-scoring forward the Revs have been missing since Taylor Twellman was forced to retire, but injuries have hampered Agudelo’s season and his latest, hamstring-related, forced him to miss last weekend’s game against Montreal. But, according to Heaps, Agudelo could be an option come Saturday if he progresses well during the week and is able to recover.

According to Heaps, the big question will be how the team decides to use Agudelo — rush him back into the starting line-up, use him off the bench or leave him back in Boston — it will be sorted out by the medical staff before Saturday’s game.

ROWE ROLLING

Nothing seems to be phasing Kelyn Rowe right now. The Revolution midfielder is in the midst of the best form of his short career.

The second-year midfielder has scored four goals in the Revolution’s last four games and has now either recorded an assist or a goal in as many games. Rowe has scored six goals and added seven assists to his tally this season.

This season’s totals are already a higher increase than his final output last season, when he played 30 games but only scored three times and dished out five assists.

HELP RECEIVED FROM AROUND THE EASTERN CONFERENCE

Losing to Montreal could have been a huge blow to the Revolution’s playoff hopes, but the side was lucky last weekend as other teams failed to move up the standings.

Both Houston, who is tied on points with the Revs, and Chicago, which are two points behind New England and Houston with 35 points, both lost last weekend as well. Currently, the Revs are two points back of fourth place Philadelphia Union.

If the Revolution can beat the Fire on Saturday they will find themselves with a bit of breathing room in fifth place and on the verge of making the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 season.

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Do you see Shuttleworth continuing his solid form? Do you see Agudelo starting this weekend? Do you believe Rowe can keep playing well the rest of the season?

Share your thoughts below.

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12 Responses to Revs Notebook: Shuttleworth takes over for Reis; Agudelo making progress; and more

  1. Disco Stu says:

    *crickets*

    • Barrett says:

      Thanks Stu, that’s a really useful comment. Not all fans spend a lot of time yammering away in comment groups. Doesn’t mean we aren’t reading sites like this and interested in the content.

  2. James says:

    Really wish Agudelo the best but he really needs to stay healthy for a solid transfer this January.

    • STX81 says:

      Agudelo’s transfer is already complete. He has a pre-contract with Stoke. I don’t think an injury can affect that.

  3. Josh D says:

    Nothing about Davies? Says it all really.

  4. STX81 says:

    Juan Agudelo is very important to the Revs attack but he’s been a little brittle since joining the team. I hope he can get it together before the Revs fall out of the playoff picture.

  5. slowleftarm says:

    Mike Petke was right. This team is mediocre.

  6. Joe+G says:

    Nothing seems to be phasing Kelyn Rowe right now.

    The word you are looking for is “fazing.”

  7. Adrian says:

    Rowe’s good 2nd year has been helped by Diego’s growth as well. Both players have improved weaknesses from last season (Diego’s physical strength, Rowe’s consistency). And when Agudelo is on the field, then they get even more space.

    • Kevin Koczwara says:

      Rowe has been helped by moving inside. He was in and out of games on the wing and Heaps told me last year (for a profile I wrote on Rowe) that he saw him as a central player; he gets more touches there and isn’t so dependent on other players getting him the ball.

      Diego is at his best when Agudelo is on the field with him. They have a good relationship, it seems, on and off the field.

  8. Gerard says:

    I’d love to see Rowe get a Camp Cupcake call-up. The kid’s got good vision and a great shot from distance.

  9. GreyGhost says:

    I think the “gaol-down” was a reference to Reis’ red card imprisonment?