Ordinarily, in Player of the Week considerations I would lean away from anyone involved in a 5-1 thrashing. It’s usually hard to make the argument for anyone being essential when the score goes all lopsided, like this one.
But three mitigating factors make Kelyn Rowe’s big night in New England (during Sunday’s 5-1 win over Philadelphia) stand out.
First, it really wasn’t a 5-1 match. It was, obviously, but it didn’t have the framing of a proper hammering. It was a close match for an hour, but circumstances intervened and things got away from the visiting Union.
Second, Rowe’s goals were important ones. His first long range strike opened the scoring. His second goal, another cracker from distance by Rowe, was the goal that sealed New England’s fate. That one made it 3-1 Revs, subtracting all reasonable doubt and surely breaking the visitors’ will.
Finally, what gems they were! The first beat Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath with pinpoint placement. The second was simply unstoppable, one of the top goals in an MLS weekend full of showstoppers.
Rowe just surpassed his impressive rookie year totals from 2012 on Sunday, now with five goals and six assists this year.
Here’s Rowe’s impressive second goal from Sunday’s second half: