1. The Red Card made an impact- The Revolution didn't play half bad down a man for most of the first half and they were even able to score two goals. But the card hurt the Revolution defensively. First of all, Bobby Shuttleworth is never expected to save a penalty kick after coming into a game cold. It would have also been nice to have a normal back line on DiVaio's goals. Sure, the player has class, but finding the net would have been harder for him had he had to contend with both AJ Soares and Jose Goncalves, who had to drift out wide.
2. But yeah, DiVaio still has class- He may be the king of offsides, but by season's end he'll probably be king of scoring too. My goodness. Totally undressed Soares on both of those goals. Those cuts and those finishes only come with years of experience at the highest levels of the game. DiVaio has brought his A game match after match and tonight was no different. Easily MVP for Montreal this season and possibly the league, too.
3. Playoff implications- A loss tonight was not unimaginable, but it does mean that the game against Chicago next week is a must-win. The Revolution could have maintained some breathing room in the Eastern Conference with a win, and maybe made a challenge for third or fourth in the standings. But tonight's sobering loss was a reminder that the Revolution still have work to do. They need to establish themselves as a playoff team before they can even think of making noise as a squad in the upper reaches of the Eastern Conference.
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