No matter how frustrating a situation becomes, a good team simply does not lose its cool.
Philadelphia certainly did Sunday night outside Boston, where John Hackworth’s team collapsed under the frustration of watching two goals disallowed against New England. One decision was absolutely correct, but the second one was a perfectly legitimate goal. And it turned the important Eastern Conference match, a real back-breaker for Philadelphia.
It would have given the visitors a 2-1 lead. Rather, referee Allen Chapman awarded a free kick to New England. As frustration began boiling over for the Union, Juan Agudelo soon hit a shot that turned into an own goal, spinning the night back in the Revs’ favor – and the rout was on.
Shortly after that, the Revs scored three goals in eight minutes. The fouls and the cards began falling for the infuriated Union, who saw three men cautioned and one (important, talented young center back Amobi Okugo) ejected.
Watch the highlights below and you will see that Sebastien Le Toux was a half-step offside as officials ruled his rebound put-away was offside. Right call.
But soon after that, New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis fumbles a save, as the ball falls between his legs. Conor Casey, in full, aggressive gallop, is in quickly to score from close range.
Reis absolutely does not have possession, so the Union are correct to get twisted up over that one. No points for losing composure, as we already said – but you do hate to see matches turn on a blown decision, tough one though it was.
Here are the highlights, including all six official goals and the two that weren’t: