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Columbus defeat Revs in sloppy match
FOXBORO, MA. - For the second time this year, the Revs lost to Columbus because of poor refereeing and poor decision making. Both teams had trouble judging their passes in the wet field conditions and constant drizzle as they played in front of a crowd of 7,047. The Revs, who played their 3rd game in 8 days lost 2-1. Both teams failed to score on some clear chances including a penalty kick in stoppage time of the second half that could have brought the Revs level.

The first half was very sloppy with neither team able to string together good series of passes in the wet condition. Both teams struggled to create good chances and the best chance of the half came in the 32nd minute, after a shot by Jeff Cunningham was saved by Revs goalie Matt Reis. The rebound rolled to Michael Ritch about six-yards out from goal, who had an open net to shoot at, but somehow managed to put his left-footed shot wide of the net.

Around the 40th minute the match got violent, when Jose Cancela pulled down Manny Lagos. Cancela fell on top of Lagos and both started throwing punches, but were broken up quickly and no card was given. The foul seemed like retaliation for an earlier incident when Cancela was tripped from behind and no foul was given.

The Crew took the lead in the 53rd minute, when Jeff Cunningham got around Jay Heaps and sent a hard shot on target that Reis saved, but gave up a rebound. Frankie Hejduk pounced on the shot sending a diving header past Reis and into the back of the net. Falling behind deflated the Revs, and the Crew controlled the match for much of the next couple of minutes

Just nine minutes later, the Revs equalized when Steve Ralston was tripped just inside the box on the left side by Hejduk. Referee Ricardo Salazar whistled for the foul and Cancela took the ensuing penalty kick, sending it down the middle as goalie Jon Busch dove to his right. The goal brought the Revs back to life and they began pushing forward with a purpose.

It was Columbus, who took the lead, however, thanks to a very questionable penalty kick call just six minutes later. Jeff Cunningham dribbled into the Revs box and as he approached the six-yard box Avery John slid in and got the ball away. Cunningham tripped over either John or the ball and Ricardo Salazar awarded a penalty kick. It appeared on replays that John got all ball before Cunningham tripped and no foul should have been called. Cunningham took the penalty kick and sent it to Reis’ right. Reis dove in the right direction, but could not get to the ball. Both Jay Heaps and Avery John received yellow cards for arguing the call.

As the match wore on it started getting more physical and both Steve Ralston and Clint Dempsey were fouled multiple times both on and off the ball, but Salazar failed to notice. Dempsey was tripped in the box in the 83rd minute and a Crew defender pushed him over in the box less than a minute later, but no penalty kick was given either time.

Jay Heaps and Clint Dempsey both had a chance in the 90th minute as they charged into the box after a through ball. Neither of them made it to the ball, however, as both were either tripped or pushed, yet the referee choose not to call either foul. “Clint Dempsey was getting all kinds of pushing all the way through the game and had no protection whatsoever from the referee,” Steve Nicol said after the match.

In the last minute of stoppage time, the Revs were awarded a penalty kick as two players were fouled in the box. First Clint Dempsey was held back by a defender holding his shirt and no call was given. Then, Shalrie Joseph was taken down by a poorly timed sliding tackle by Chad Marshall. Salazar was going to let the Crew get away with this foul as well, but one of his assistant referee’s alerted him of the foul this time and Salazar awarded a penalty kick. Jose Cancela tried the same trick on Busch again, but Busch was obviously smarter than he figured as he did not dive this time and easily punch the shot down the middle over the bar. “He made a bad decision and he paid for it,” Nicol said about Cancela’s decision to try shooting the penalty kick to the same spot he had on the first one.

The match ended at 2-1 and the Crew’s Jon Busch was named Man of the Match for his performance. The Revs next travel to Dallas to face the Burn on Saturday, June 12th at 8:30PM.
June 06, 2004 Sean Donahue



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Scores
Sat., Apr. 14th
6:00PM ET
Salt Lake 0
Columbus 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
7:30PM ET
New England 0
Toronto 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
7:30PM ET
DC United 0
Kansas City Wizards 0

Sat., Apr. 14th
8:30PM ET
Houston 0
Chivas USA 0

Sat., Apr. 15th
3:00PM ET
New York 0
Dallas 0

Sun., Apr. 15th
8:00PM ET
Colorado 0
Chicago 0

Standings
East
Team Name Pts
Chicago 3
Columbus 1
New York 1
DC United 0
Kansas City 0
New England 0
Toronto 0

West
Team Name Pts
Dallas 4
Chivas USA 3
Colorado 3
Houston 1
Los Angeles 1
Salt Lake 1

Top Ten Scorers
Top 10 Scorers
Player Name Gls
Ruiz 2
Cooper 2
Cunningham 2
Kljestan 1
Brown 1
Emilio 1
H. Gomez 1
Findley 1
Razov 1
Pause 1