A few weeks after Jermaine Jones called teammate Scott Caldwell his future replacement in the holding midfielder area for the U.S. Men's National Team, Caldwell made good on that praise with a fantastic appearance in New England's 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
Caldwell did a little bit of everything on the day. He contributed with his normal defensive tenacity and closed down defenders, but there was something new to Caldwell's game on Saturday.
Taking advantage of a Revolution short corner, Chris Tierney found Caldwell in acres of space about 15 yards outside of the penalty area. Caldwell controlled the pass, took a long dribble and sent in a fizzling cross that found Charlie Davies for New England's third goal of the game. The sequence in and of itself was great, but Caldwell's cross was spot on and made Charlie's header almost impossible to miss.
And Caldwell wasn't done yet.
After being the provider, it was time for Caldwell to put his name on the scorer's sheet. After backup RSL goalkeeper Jeff Attinella saved two attempts, the ball eventually rolled to Caldwell at the top of the box and he made no mistake, passing the ball into the net with his left foot for his first professional goal.
While it came in the 84th minute of a blowout, it will be a goal that Caldwell will probably remember fondly. With the Revolution on the tear that they've been on since the beginning of the season -- 4-2-2 and on a six-game unbeaten run since losing to NYCFC in the second game of the season -- they are beginning to look like the team that made it to the MLS Cup final last season.
If he keeps putting in performances like this, Caldwell could see himself in the national set-up soon.