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Sunday Reax - United at New England: Frustration, thy name is Foxborough

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Dejan Jakovic's late red card was just one case where United put themselves in a position to be punished by the Revolution, and by referee Baldomero Toledo.
Dejan Jakovic's late red card was just one case where United put themselves in a position to be punished by the Revolution, and by referee Baldomero Toledo.

Ugh. That about sums it up for me.

Nobody was particularly good. United weren't good enough to win, but neither really were the Revs. Baldomero Toledo was downright horrible through the entire day.

As some have said, a nil-nil result would have been fair on the day, but that all went out the window courtesy of Zack Schilawski's left arm in the eighth minute. Even so, United blocked Schilavski's first attempt, but couldn't stop his second. The Black-and-Red left themselves in a position to be punished, and punished they were. A few minutes later, they failed to clear the ball quickly enough, and when Pat Phelan launched himself at the ball and Dax McCarty to win a penalty, United were punished again.

Despite controlling possession for most of the rest of the game, United rarely looked truly threatening until far too late in the game. They couldn't punish the more disciplined Revolution the same way. Yesterday looked more like a glimpse back into 2010 than a reprise of the performance that opened the season 3-1 over Columbus just a week ago. It was a frustrating game to watch.

Late on, when Dejan Jakovic challenged Revs 'keeper Matt Reis for an aerial ball, United were punished again. Reis is a smart player: he came in knees up and looked for contact. When he found it, he let himself fall like a ton of bricks. Toledo obliged Reis's efforts by showing Jakovic a straight red card. Even the New England broadcast team called the red card absurd. But good teams don't let the referee be in a position to decide the game; though United may have been better than New England for much of the game, they were never actually very good yesterday. Toledo and the Revolution punished them for it.

Next week, United travel west to MLS Cup holders Colorado, where the Black-and-Red are actually the last team to go into DSG Park and walk out with three road points. Hopefully, they'll learn the lesson from yesterday and not allow themselves to be punished the way they were in New England.