1. It was a playoff environment- Referee Ismail Elfath should be applauded for letting the game flow. That was probably the most exciting Revs' game this season. Why? Because it felt like the playoffs. The game meant so much to both teams in regards to their playoff hopes. The fact that they were playing for their lives made it a game with end-to-end action. It was great for MLS and for fans of both teams that the referee didn't stop the game over and over again.
2. Decisions- This is a broad one. There are a lot of decisions in question. Let's start with the linesman. I don't know why he raised his flag on Saer Sene in the 50th minute. Sene was onside. That's a game changing play and could have serious, potentially negative, effects to the Revolution's season. Second: who's on the field? Chad Barrett came on for Sene and put in a good shift of soccer. He made nice runs and decent passes. He looked shaky on the endline a few times, but for the most part he did okay. But why sub him on for a player who effectively scored two goals? Dimitry Imbongo may have set-up Sene's first goal, but Sene contributed more. He added speed, good dribbling, and smart passing. Third: when will we see more of Charlie Davies? How much can the player add coming on for a few minutes at the end of the game? Even if fitness is an issue, competitive minutes will only help him get more match ready.
3. Playoffs- The Revolution are down, but not out. First, I don't think Philadelphia has any shot at the playoffs. Their schedule is too hard. The rest is really in the Revolution and Chicago's hands. The Revolution can forfeit their chances by earning anything less than wins versus DC and Houston in the next two weeks. They can also let Columbus back into the playoff picture by losing to them twice in a row in the final two weeks of the season. As for Chicago, that playoff spot is now theirs to lose.
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