The game in 100 words (or less): Two wrongs don’t make a right, as they say. Yet, here we are, about to discuss two massively blown calls by referee Baldomero Toledo in a 2-2 draw between Orlando City SC and the New England Revolution at the Citrus Bowl on Sunday. First it was missed handball in one penalty are, followed by a dubious decision to call a handball on the other end about two minutes later (video below). Orlando City opened the scoring with barely 100 seconds on the clock as Kaka scored the earliest penalty kick in MLS history after Julio Baptista was taken down inside the penalty area 14 seconds into the game, but Teal Bunbury equalized for the visitors shortly before halftime. Second-half stoppage time arrived late on, and madness ensued.
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Three Four moments that mattered
1′ — Baptista goes down, wins the PK — How’s this for an instant impact? Baptista made his first MLS start and won the Lions a penalty after all of 14 seconds. Kaka stepped up to take the spot kick and bagged himself an MLS record in the process.
37′ — Bunbury roofs it from close range — Quick sidebar: It’s the ceiling of the goal that you want to hit, not the roof. Anyway, the ball fell to Bunbury inside the six-yard box and he hammered it over Joe Bendik to equalize not long before halftime.
90+2′ — Molino bags a thought-to-be winner — This is a handball, but it is not called as such.
90+6′ — Carrasco “handles” the ball in the box — This is not a handball, but it is called as such. Lee Nguyen converted the ensuing spot kick, stealing a point for the Revs. (Can we call it stealing if they should have never lost it in the first place?)
Man of the match: Baldomero Toledo (You knew this was coming.)
Goalscorers: Kaka (2′ – PK), Bunbury (37′), Molino (90+2′), Nguyen (90+6′ – PK)