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Revs blow off US Open Cup, fall 3-2 to Fire in extra time
Ludlow, MA. – The New England Revolution essentially decided to blow off their chance of bringing home the Dewar Cup to their empty trophy case by playing what was in essence their reserve team against the Chicago Fire’s starters in front of standing room only crowd of just under 4,000 at Lusitano Stadium. The Revs, who are currently tied on points at the top of MLS with Chicago, and have two games in hand, only needed to win 4 games to earn the Lamar US Open Cup competition, which would earn the Dewar Cup and a $100,000 cash prize. The Revolution started 5 regular starters, but only 1 was left by the time the game was over, clearly showing their valuation of the tournament to be very low in comparison to the MLS regular season. The Fire on the other hand, 3 time Open Cup champs in their 7 year existence, played their best line-up available, choosing only to rest Chris Armas.

Chicago took the lead in the 18th minute of a fairly even first half. When Ivan Guerrero ran unchallenged up the left flank before sending a cross into the box. An unmarked Andy Herron got on the end of it and sent a volley past ‘keeper Doug Warren from about 10 yards out.

New England replied four minutes later, when Shalrie Joseph headed home a Jose Cancela corner kick.

Zach Thornton came up huge for the Fire in the 40th minute, when he saved a header from Longmeadow, Massachusetts native Jay Heaps. The rebound, however fell to Taylor Twellman six yards from goal, but his attempt at a tap in was saved by Thornton.

The Revs clearly showed their intentions were not to win the game taking off two of their top players from the first half in Shalrie Joseph and Taylor Twellman in favor of reserves Jeff Larentowicz and Khano Smith. Ryan Latham also was subbed out for Andy Dorman.

Chicago took over most of the possession after the substitutions and Chris Rolfe almost put the Fire on top in the 61st minute, but his shot deflected off the inside of the post and was cleared.

Jay Heaps, saved the Revs in the 71st minute, clearing a shot from Rolfe off the line with a header.

Andy Dorman saw a great chance go just wide in the 78th minute when he couldn’t get a volley off a Luke Vercollone chip on target.

Avery John made a run that brought back memories of his only other Revolution goal, scored last year in the MLS playoffs. The Trinidad and Tobago International defender, who was arguably the Revs best player throughout the game, ran all the way from the Revs half of the field to the top of Chicago’s goal box before being hacked down by Samuel Caballero.

The match then headed to extra time, where Chicago got off to an early lead. Will John headed down a Jess Marsch corner kick to the feet of CJ Brown, who slamed it home to make the score 2-1.

Chicago put the game out of reach three minutes later, when Andy Herron intercepted an ill-advised back pass from Jeff Larentowicz. Herron went in alone on goal and easily finished it to give Chicago the two goal lead.

The Revs got a life-line in the 102nd minute, when Jesse Marsch was ejected for a second yellow card. Marsch tackled Jose Cancela from behind and was immediately shown a yellow card. The red was slow to follow as the fans seemed to realize before the referee did that it was his second yellow and after some yelling from the fans, Marsch was shown the red card.

Supposed to be down a man due to the red card, Chicago attempted to put 11 men back on the field for the second 15-minute period of overtime. Will Johnson was sent out onto the field, but so was Herron, the man he was supposed to have replaced. The ref seemed to have failed to notice this and again had to be reminded by the crowd. Herron was forced to leave, but surprisingly received no yellow card and Chicago went unpunished for their attempt to cheat.

The Revs went down to ten men themselves four minutes into the second period when Jay Heaps was ejected for his second yellow card for a tackle on Justin Mapp.

Andy Dorman brought the Revs back within one in the last minute of extra time, with a driven free kick from 28 yards out.

The Revs thought they would get another chance at it when the 4th official called for a minute of stoppage time. Chicago however had other plans. Will John started mid way up the Revs half on Chicago’s kick-off. This caused the referee to make them retake the kick several times and eventually allowed it to take place with John still in the Revolution’s end. No yellow card was given despite this wasting a good 20-30 seconds. The referee only allowed 40 seconds of stoppage time, which amounted to about 10 seconds of play due to Chicago’s delay tatics. “I thought it was a bit strange,” Head Coach Steve Nicol said, “but it wasn’t why we lost it.”

“We tried to be competitive,” Nicol after the game. “I think we were competitive. We made a couple errors and got punished for them.” “We played against a full strength Chicago team tonight and obviously in extra time we kind of ran out of steam, but we were competitive.”

“We had to do two things tonight,” Nicol said of his player selection. “We had to make sure we were competitive and we had to make sure that we treated the competition with respect and I think we did both things. Some guys playing tonight just wouldn’t have done us any good. So I think we did two things, we showed the tournament respect and we were competitive, taking a full strength Chicago side to extra time.”

The first place Revolution return to league action on August 6th, when they face the Kansas City Wizards at 8PM at Gillette Stadium.
August 04, 2005 Sean Donahue


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