Revs Fall to Champs, 2-1
Posted by Mike Marshall on October 3, 2010
When I was little, I used to complain to my mom a lot about how something wasn’t fair. Her stock response was, “Yeah, well… life isn’t fair.”
Neither is soccer.
Because if life were fair, the New England Revolution would earned at least a point in their match with Real Salt Lake last night at Gillette Stadium. Steve Nicol’s team, destined to watch the MLS Playoffs from the comfort of their living rooms, often dominated possession, outshooting their guests by a 20-6 margin, and earning eight corner kicks to Real Salt Lake’s two.
But as everyone knows, at the end of the night, no one asks “How?”. They ask “How many?” And when the final whistle blew, the answer to the latter question was two for visitors, and just one for the home-standing Revolution, who dropped to 7-15-5 on the season with just three matches left before the club goes on their extended winter vacation.
That’s not to say there weren’t bright spots. All things considered, this might have been one of New England’s best performances of the season. Especially impressive were Gambian wingers Sainey Nyassi and Kenny Mansally, who combined to tie the match at one just eight minutes from time. And Marko Perovic continues to demonstrate why he should be considered one of the club’s most essential building blocks, as he drove Kyle Beckerman crazy all night long with his mazy midfield runs and deft flicks.
But in the end, the Revs fell. They can hardly be faulted for allowing Nat Borchers’ header to give the cup holders the lead in the 68th minute on a blind flick on from a Javi Morales free kick that rang in off the left post past. However, significantly more fault can be found on the game-winner just two minutes after the Revs had equalized. Alvaro Saborio nodded Morales’ corner kick past a startled Matt Reis despite being dragged to the ground by Pat Phelan, who had two hand full of the Costa Rican’s jersey. In truth, had Saborio not scored, referee Ricardo Salazar would have been justified in awarding a penalty kick for the infraction.
On the bright side, when you consider that this team’s fate is sealed and a win would only have served to push the team’s first round pick further down in this winter’s draft order, the final result, no matter how painful, may ultimately be the best medicine for an ailing franchise.