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Three thoughts on the Revolution's tie to Toronto

Posted by Julian Cardillo  August 30, 2013 09:06 PM

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1. The Revolution did not look like a playoff caliber team- Except in the first ten minutes. After that, the passing got sloppy and Toronto bossed the possession. There's a reason why Toronto are second to last in the Eastern Conference. They have no business scoring the kind of goal they did against the Revolution on Friday night, and certainly shouldn't control the game the way they did. This result is definitely two points lost for the Revolution, who had an opportunity to continue their climb up the Eastern Conference standings and further secure a place in the playoffs.

2. Charlie Davies needs to play more- The freshly signed forward is itching to prove himself, but he has yet to start a game or make a meaningful contribution off the bench. It would have been nice to see Davies go in for Chad Barrett instead of Dimitry Imbongo. Or, maybe, Davies could have started ahead of Barrett. Davies wants to make his case and the scoreline tonight may have been different if his speedy legs were a factor against Toronto early and often. Appearing in the dying minutes of a game that seemed almost destined to be a tie certainly isn't what Davies had in mind.

3. Both teams should count their blessings- Richard Eckersley pulling down Imbongo looked like it could have been penalty. Steven Caldwell redirected the ball with his hand on Toronto's goal. His header that found the back of the net, which was taken away because of a foul on AJ Soares, probably could have counted as well. Referees can make or break games. Perhaps with the amount of tight calls tonight, both teams should be happy to have captured at least one point. Both teams should also be thankful that there were no red cards handed out by Mr. Bazakos, either. In any case, reverse one of those crucial calls in the penalty area and change one of the seven cautions into an ejection and the result of this game likely changes.

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About Corner Kicks: Julian Cardillo offers insight and analysis about the New England Revolution as well as European and international soccer.

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