1. Andrew Farrell deserves an applause- That shove he took from Henry-- and the bloody eye and nose that followed from connecting with Matt Reis' foot-- is a trademark "take one for the team" moment. Post game, Farrell said he was dissatisfied with his personal performance. But credit him for getting in the thick of a play to disrupt it. Defensively, Farrell has been one of the Revolution's most reliable players. He has begun to understand how long to keep the ball at his feet and when to return to his position after venturing forward. Goals for next season: be more decisive in the final third and improve his cross.
2. It was a fair result- Twitter went after referee Fotis Bazakos after the final whistle last night. The hand ball call on Jamison Olave was incorrect. The ball clearly struck his shoulder. The Revolution benefited from that call. Later in the game, some were upset because he didn't call another penalty kick on Marcus Holgersson for a foul on Dimitry Imbongo. But that was the right call too since Imbongo retained possession and was able to go one on one with the goalkeeper. The next controversial decision was the Andy Dorman red card. That tackle warranted at least a yellow card. Dorman came in late, with studs up, and got none of the ball. Dorman's only saving grace was that Eric Alexander got up quickly and unscathed. On New York's equalizer, however, the Revolution may have a good case. Farrell took a hit from Reis' cleat, causing him to bleed and eventually bruise. Bruises are red and purple. Bazakos probably thought that the swollen redness on Farrell's face was blood and ordered him off the field for more cleaning. That alleged call helped Tim Cahill score, as he converted off a free header on the last play of the game.
3. Playoffs- Philadelphia keep turning ties into wins and the Revolution keep turning wins into ties. The Revs are now 3 points out of the playoffs with all to play for in their final three games. Is it too little too late? Did they need one with from their last two games? At the very least, they'll have confidence going into Montreal. Not many teams can shut down Thierry Henry and the Revolution did that on Saturday night. Next weekend's game in Quebec isn't just a must-win, it's a can-win.
Magic Numbers- With this tie, the Revolution may have a little too much to do to make the playoffs this year. They need a win at Montreal, a win at home against Columbus, and at least a tie against Columbus on the road. They could conceivably reach the playoffs with less, but that's unlikely because Chicago and Philadelphia have weak schedules.
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