Voted by fans as the Santander Most Valuable Player for his performance in 2015, Scott Caldwell has become an integral piece in New England’s central midfield since signing with the club as a Homegrown Player ahead of the 2013 season. The Braintree, Mass. native was the only Revolution player to appear in every match in all competitions in 2015, leading the team in minutes, while also being chosen by his teammates as the Players’ Player of the Year. The second Homegrown signing in Revolution history, Caldwell set carer-highs in all statistical categories in 2015, including the first two goal of his MLS career. During his college career at Akron, Caldwell helped the Zips win the 2010 College Cup when he was named the Most Outstanding Player at the 2010 College Cup after scoring the only goal of the Zips 1-0 win over Louisville in the Final.
2015: Appeared in all 34 of the club’s regular-season games while playing a team-high 2,882 minutes. Caldwell was selected by Revolution fans as the club’s 2015 Santander Most Valuable Player. The Revs were 14-7-8 in all competitions when he played the full 90 minutes compared to 0-7-0 when he either came off the bench or was substituted. He set career-highs with two goals and five assists, including two game-winning assists. Three of his assists were registered in consecutive games from April 25-May 8, tying for the third longest assist streak in MLS this season. He scored the first goal of his MLS career in a 4-0 home win over Real Salt Lake on April 25 and added his second less than a month later at Sporting Kansas City on May 20, with the Revs going 3-1-2 when Caldwell had a goal or an assist. He was voted by Revs fans as Santander Man of the Month for both May and July, while he was named to the MLSSoccer.com Team of the Week for performances in Week 9 and Week 27. Caldwell was also voted by his teammates as the Players’ Player of the Year. He started in the central midfield against D.C. United, playing 87 minutes in the Revs’ 2-1 loss in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round on October 28. He made one appearance in the U.S. Open Cup, coming off the bench in the Fourth Round loss to Charlotte.
2014: Started 14 of the 26 games in which he appeared, tallying two assists. He notched the game-winning assist at San Jose on March 29, setting up Lee Nguyen’s game-winner in second half stoppage time. He added another assist against Montreal on October 11, setting up Nguyen’s game-tying goal. Caldwell started the first two games of the season but did not return to the starting XI until July 19 against FC Dallas. That started a string of seven straight starts in which he played the full 90 minutes, a run that was ended on September 3 when he was suspended after collecting his fifth yellow card of the year in the previous game against Toronto FC. The Revs were 9-1-2 in games when he came on as a substitute, and 9-0-1 when he came on when the team was either ahead or tied. In the MLS Cup Playoffs, Caldwell, who started all three of New England’s U.S. Open Cup games, started all five of the Revs’ postseason games, tallying two assists, as they reached MLS Cup. He set up Charlie Davies’ 78th-minute goal against Columbus in the first leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Series for the first postseason assist of his MLS career and then set up Davies’ 70th-minute series-clinching goal against New York in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship on November 29, booking a spot in MLS Cup for the Revs.
2013: Officially signed with the Revolution in December 2012 and appeared in 29 regular-season games during his rookie season, starting 23 times and tallying two assists. He made his MLS debut at Philadelphia on March 16, starting and playing 90 minutes in central midfield. Recorded his first career assist at Chivas USA on June 29, setting up Chad Barrett’s late goal in a 1-1 draw at StubHub Center and then added a second on a Diego Fagundez goal against Philadelphia on August 25, helping the Revs win 5-1. He started 20 of the Revs’ final 23 games, helping the club return to the postseason for the first time since 2009. He came off the bench in both of New England’s MLS Cup Playoff matches against Sporting Kansas City, while also making two appearances in the U.S. Open Cup, including one start.
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A former member of the Under-14, Under-15, Under-17 and Under-18 national teams, Caldwell was a member of the U.S. Under-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years. He represented the U.S. as a member of the U-18 team at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in January 2009.
A two-time NSCAA All-America and academic All-America honoree at Akron, Caldwell collected third team honors as a junior in 2011 and first team honors a year later as a senior. He appeared in 88 games with the Zips, starting 66 times while scoring 20 goals and adding 22 assists, helping Akron reach the NCAA Tournament four times. He was named the Most Outstanding Player at the 2010 College Cup when he scored the only goal of the Zips 1-0 win over Louisville in the College Cup Final. All five of his goals that year came in either the MAC Tournament or the NCAA Tournament. A captain during his junior and senior seasons, he had a career-best nine goals as a senior while adding 10 assists to be named the 2012 Mid-America Conference Player of the Year, a Hermann Trophy semifinalist and a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. One year prior, he had six goals and a career-best 11 assists for the defending national champions. As a freshman in 2009, Caldwell appeared in 19 games, converting his penalty attempt in College Cup shootouts against North Carolina and Virginia.
Played one season with the Revolution Academy Under-18 team upon its launch in 2008-09, when he was a senior in high school, serving as their captain in their inaugural campaign. He helped the U-18s earn their first-ever win at a U.S. Soccer Development Academy Showcase when he scored three goals in 19 minutes in a 6-1 win over North Meck SC (Cornelius, N.C.) on May 25, 2009.