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Nine-man Revs fall 3-1 to Wizards

Posted on 26 October 2008 by L.E. Eisenmenger

With the assistance of two red cards, the Kansas City Wizards clinched the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference by beating the New England Revolution 3-1. Both teams played a clean game of possession until Claudio Lopez fell lightly in the box under a touch by Gabriel Badilla. Although Chris Albright remained the last man standing, referee Kevin Stott decided Badilla interfered with a clear scoring opportunity, sent him off the field and gave Lopez a penalty, which he converted in the 28th minute.

“It wasn’t a red card, everybody knows it wasn’t a red card,” said Badilla in his native Spanish. “Claudio fell in the penalty box and I don’t know why the referee made that decision because it was legal play . . . [This Thursday’s match with the Fire] is a very important game for us and of course I want to be there. We didn’t expect this and we need time to figure this out to prepare. We’re happy to be in the playoffs and we need to come back and win the next game.”

“To send Badilla off just shows a lack of understanding,” said Nicol, “and we really shouldn’t be too surprised because the last time [Referee] Kevin Stott was here, he did the exact same thing – he showed a lack of understanding – on Shalrie Joseph. If I never see Kevin Stott again it won’t be too soon.”

Despite playing a man down, the Revolution continued to show the best form they’ve had since August. Although Matt Reis claimed the Wizards “didn’t really pressure us that much, they let us have the ball basically,” the Revolution appeared to easily control the match. Their chances diminished in the 42nd minute, however, when Khano Smith punished Hercules Gomez with a vicious cleats-up tackle and was shown red. Shalrie then earned a yellow for sharing his opinions with Stott.

“The guy ended Ralston’s season for the rest of the year and he didn’t get a yellow – he didn’t get suspended or fined or nothing,” explained Shalrie post-game. “We knew coming in today we definitely wanted to give him payback and make him know we didn’t appreciate what he did to Ralston, our teammate [who suffered a broken leg].”

“It was reckless,” agreed Nicol. So reckless in fact, the foul could earn Khano more than the mandatory one-game suspension.

Two men down and in torrential rain, the Revolution prevailed until the 54th minute when Davy Arnoud collected a cross and lofted a long volley for his seventh goal of the season and then Michael Parkhurst deflected an Ivan Trujillo cross into his own net for the third score. Jeff Larentowicz responded by killing the shut-out in the 90th minute with a shot that deflected off Jimmy Conrad past Kevin Hartman for the final 3-1 tally.

But even through the downpour of cards, luck, and rain, the Revolution looked different, like they came out the other side of the wall they hit in August. Taylor Twellman and Parkhurst made an unusual appearance in Nicol’s post-game press conference and the three directly addressed the loss, the controversial 4-4-2, and the upcoming playoff match with the Chicago Fire this Thursday.

“It’s actually going to be refreshing for us just to come in Thursday and know the slate is clean,” said Twellman, “it doesn’t matter what the hell you did earlier on.”

Nicol appeared to have shaken off the loss and moved on. “I ain’t going be crying between now and next Thursday. I’ll moan about it tonight with you guys straight after the game, but after tonight is gone we start again and keep going.”

After autographing the foreheads of children with marker, Shalrie emerged in the rain recharged for the critical Thursday match with the red-hot Chicago Fire. “You saw what they did to New York on Thursday, so we know we got our work cut out for us,” he remarked, “ – but we’re the best team in MLS.”

Match Facts

New England Revolution vs. Kansas City Wizards October 25, 2008 – Foxborough, Mass. (Gillette Stadium)

Scoring Summary:
KC – Claudio Lopez (penalty kick) 28
KC – Davy Arnaud (Roger Espinoza, Claudio Lopez) 53
KC – Own goal (Michael Parkhurst) 88
NE – Jeff Larentowicz (unassisted) 90

Lineups:

New England Revolution: Matt Reis (GK), Jay Heaps, Michael Parkhurst, Gabriel Badilla, Chris Albright, Khano Smith, Shalrie Joseph (Pat Phelan 60), Jeff Larentowicz, Mauricio Castro (Sainey Nyassi 46), Kheli Dube (Kenny Mansally 59), Taylor Twellman

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton (GK), Amaechi Igwe, Wells Thompson, Chris Tierney

STATS: Shots 6; Shots on Goal 2; Saves 2; Corner Kicks 4; Offside 2; Fouls Committed 14

Kansas City Wizards: Kevin Hartman (GK), Michael Harrington, Tyson Wahl, Jimmy Conrad ©, Jonathan Leathers, Kevin Souter, Jack Jewsbury, Davy Arnaud, Herculez Gomez (Roger Espinoza 46), Claudio Lopez (Ivan Trujillo 65), Abe Thompson (Kerry Zavagnin 81)

Substitutes Not Used: Eric Kronberg (GK), Aaron Hohlbein, Matt Marquess, Kurt Morsink

STATS: Shots 12; Shots on Goal 2; Saves 1; Corner Kicks 3; Offside 9; Fouls Committed 9

Misconduct Summary:
NE – Gabriel Badilla (ejection) 26
NE – Khano Smith (ejection) 42
NE – Shalrie Joseph (caution) 42

Referee: Kevin Stott

Attendance: 16,764

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