The game in 100 words (or less): Would it be fair to call the New England Revolution a tetchy bunch? It’s been a rough week for Jay Heaps’ men, who suffered a 4-2 thumping at the hands of Sporting KC on Wednesday, and then blew a 1-0 lead following a pair of second-half red cards to draw D.C. United 1-1 on Saturday night. Jermaine Jones also gave referee Mark Geiger a vindictive chest bump in the game’s final minutes, and should have seen red for doing so. It’s great to be a fiery bunch that plays with an attitude and a degree of nastiness, but three deserved reds in one game is a bit much. On the other hand, United were abysmal for 20-plus minutes of their two man advantage and were, in all honesty, lucky to draw while playing 11 vs. 9.
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Three moments that mattered
45+1′ — Davies taps the rebound home just before halftime — Chris Tierney’s cross –> Juan Agudelo’s head –> Bill Hamid’s outstretched hands –> the ground with just Charlie Davies around –> Davies’ foot –> back of the net.
52′ & 58′ — Tierney and Nguyen see red six minutes apart — Two red cards in six minutes for the Revs — not ideal. Chris Tierney’s studs found the knee of Chris Pontius — deserved red — minutes before Lee Nguyen lost his composure and gave Davy Arnaud an elbow to the face — could have been a straight red itself.
80′ — Arrieta equalizes for D.C., finally — Taylor Kemp provided the near-post cross to Jairo Arrieta, who upon realizing the Revs had forgotten they needed to defend said near post, could have walked the ball into the open net. These things happen when you’re playing with nine men.
Man of the match: Jermaine Jones — Look, the distinction has to go to someone, and while Jones should have been sent off late in the game, he was a monster defensively. One might opine that that’s what you get from him when he plays in the center of midfield, but surely his managers for both club and country can see that now.
New England Revolution: Shuttleworth, Woodberry, Farrell, Goncalves, Tierney, Jones, Caldwell, Bunbury (Okoli 90′), Nguyen, Agudelo (Alston 56′), Davies (Rowe 77′)
Goals: Davies (45+1′)
D.C. United: Hamid, Korb (Kemp 65′), Opare, Boswell, Franklin, Pontius, Kitchen, Arnaud, Farfan (Arrieta 38′), Doyle (Coria 75′), Rolfe
Goals: Arrieta (80′)