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2013 Desert Diamond Cup

Revolution fall to Seattle in a hail of yellow & red cards

...And a soccer game broke out

  • New England's Stephen McCarthy and Seattle's Sammy Ochoa fight for possession.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comNew England's Stephen McCarthy and Seattle's Sammy Ochoa fight for possession.
  • Tempers flared throughout the game between Seattle and New England.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comTempers flared throughout the game between Seattle and New England.
  • Seattle invitee Travis Bowen tries to steer the ball towards the New England goal in the second half.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comSeattle invitee Travis Bowen tries to steer the ball towards the New England goal in the second half.
  • New England's Jerry Bengtson rises above Seattle's Adam Johansson.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comNew England's Jerry Bengtson rises above Seattle's Adam Johansson.
  • Revs midfielder Chris Tierney and Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso clash near the edge of the Seattle penalty area.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comRevs midfielder Chris Tierney and Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso clash near the edge of the Seattle penalty area.
  • The New England Revolution took on the Seattle Sounders in the first game of the Desert Diamond cup at Kino Stadium on Wednesday night.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comThe New England Revolution took on the Seattle Sounders in the first game of the Desert Diamond cup at Kino Stadium on Wednesday night.
  • Revs forward Jerry Bengtson squares to cross the ball into the Sounders' box.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comRevs forward Jerry Bengtson squares to cross the ball into the Sounders' box.
  • Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin controls the ball.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comSounders defender DeAndre Yedlin controls the ball.
  • Sounders defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado beats Revolution midfielder Chris Tierney to a header.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comSounders defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado beats Revolution midfielder Chris Tierney to a header.
  • Sounders invitee Travis Bowen heads the ball.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comSounders invitee Travis Bowen heads the ball.
  • Seattle's Hurtado and New England's Bengtson compete for a header.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comSeattle's Hurtado and New England's Bengtson compete for a header.
  • Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning punches away a New England corner.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comSounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning punches away a New England corner.
  • Seattle invitee Travis Bowen fights for the ball with New England midfielder Scott Caldwell.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comSeattle invitee Travis Bowen fights for the ball with New England midfielder Scott Caldwell.
  • Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning collects a New England corner kick.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comSeattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning collects a New England corner kick.
  • Seattle defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado makes a tackle on New England's Jerry Bengtson.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comSeattle defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado makes a tackle on New England's Jerry Bengtson.
  • Seattle midfielder Andy Rose heads the ball down from a cross in the New England box.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comSeattle midfielder Andy Rose heads the ball down from a cross in the New England box.
  • Seattle forward Eddie Johnson #7 is congratulated by teammates for scoring in the first half.
    Joshua Pearson/TucsonSentinel.comSeattle forward Eddie Johnson #7 is congratulated by teammates for scoring in the first half.
  • New England's goalkeeper blocks a shot.
    George Frantziskonis/TucsonSentinel.comNew England's goalkeeper blocks a shot.
  • New England goalie Matt Reis could not read a penalty kick in the first half.
    George Frantziskonis/TucsonSentinel.comNew England goalie Matt Reis could not read a penalty kick in the first half.
  • New England player Jose Goncalves (23) and Mauro Rosales of Seattle.
    George Frantziskonis/TucsonSentinel.comNew England player Jose Goncalves (23) and Mauro Rosales of Seattle.
  • New England's Chris Tierney running away from Seattle's Mauro Rosales.
    George Frantziskonis/TucsonSentinel.comNew England's Chris Tierney running away from Seattle's Mauro Rosales.
  • New England's Jose Goncalves and Seattle's Eddie Johnso (7) fighting for a header.
    George Frantziskonis/TucsonSentinel.comNew England's Jose Goncalves and Seattle's Eddie Johnso (7) fighting for a header.
  • Seattle defender DeAndre Yeldin trying to outrun New England midfielder Donnie Smith (46).
    George Frantziskonis/TucsonSentinel.comSeattle defender DeAndre Yeldin trying to outrun New England midfielder Donnie Smith (46).
  • Seattle players celebrating after scoring their second goal.
    George Frantziskonis/TucsonSentinel.comSeattle players celebrating after scoring their second goal.
  • Seattle defender Steve Zakauni works to get the ball.
    George Frantziskonis/TucsonSentinel.comSeattle defender Steve Zakauni works to get the ball.
  • Seattle's Mauro Rosales (10) tackling.
    George Frantziskonis/TucsonSentinel.comSeattle's Mauro Rosales (10) tackling.
  • Spectators had to deal with cold temperatures.
    George Frantziskonis/TucsonSentinel.comSpectators had to deal with cold temperatures.
  • The referee pulling one of the many yellow cards in the game.
    George Frantziskonis/TucsonSentinel.comThe referee pulling one of the many yellow cards in the game.

Chippy.

That’s the word that soccer fans like to use. Mostly because it seems polite…playful…even pastoral. Better that than admit that the gentlemen players, heck their jerseys have collars even, did something that Emily Post would not approve of.

Seattle Sounders FC beat the New England Revolution 2-0 at Kino Stadium on Wednesday night in a game that was, you see where we are going, chippy.

The first fracas between the teams happened in the 26th minute when Eddie Johnson retaliated after a knock from New England’s first year player José Gonçalves. The referee issued Gonçalves a caution, and the Sounders were awarded a free kick.

The resulting free kick deflected off a New England defender’s hand. Brad Evans stepped up to take the resulting penalty, and easily got it past Revs keeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

Seattle’s Osvaldo Alonso took down Chris Tierney after the New England mainstay clearly no longer had possession of the ball. This led to another scuffle between New England and Seattle players. The referee ejected no after the confrontation, but Alonso and Revolution midfielder Clyde Simms were subbed out of the match.

The injured Tierney was taken out of the match and later seen with crutches for an ankle injury. The outraged Heaps made his displeasure known to the referee, and was still seething over the injury to Tierney, a key player for the Revs, after the match.

National team star Eddie Johnson scored Seattle’s second late in the half, beating Shuttleworth with a left footed shot.

Seattle switched keepers at the half to the stocky Marcus Hahnemann, an American veteran of the English Premier League. Hahnemann’s skill at breaking up crosses kept the Revs from having many dangerous opportunities.

The game couldn’t end without one more confrontation between the Revs and Sounders, two teams that aren’t usually regarded as mortal foes. The referee didn’t keep the red cards in his pocket for the last scuffle. New England’s Sainey Nyassi and Seattle’s Marc Burch were ejected, leaving both teams short handed for the final twelve minutes.

Both teams are back in action on Saturday. Seattle takes on Real Salt Lake at 4 pm and New England faces the New York Red Bulls at 6 pm. Both games are at Kino Stadium.

Rev reax

“It was an unfortunate incident, you hate to see a guy get real hurt,” said New England coach Jay Heaps after the match. “Tierney got injured pretty badly, and I reacted.”

The Tierney’s injury and the confrontations all happened in a match that was essentially a scrimmage: a tune up for the regular season. Did the nature of the match make it harder to be a good training exercise?

“We have to deal with it,” Heaps said. “It’s much better to have a game simulation like this where we have to figure out ways to play when it is physical and when guys are going to be up on you and kick you and knock you to the ground. You have to learn how to play and there’s no better way to do it.”

“There were a lot of bookings and a couple of sendings off that probably could have been avoided,” said New England midfielder Andy Dorman. In all, six yellow cards were issued and 26 fouls were called in addition to the two ejected players. “It’s a competition even though it’s preseason, the rivalry is still there.”

Dorman is returning to the Revolution after a six year absence. Since he left the team in 2007, he has played for both Scottish Premier League team St. Mirren FC and English club Crystal Palace FC. The team he left was one that was a regular contender for MLS Cup, but things are very different now, most notably the absence of the team’s coach during those years, Steve Nicol.

“It’s changed a bit since I was last there. Jay has obviously got different ideas than what Stevie had,” Dorman said. “We’ve got to keep working hard on those on those ideas, and I’m sure we’ll be there when the season starts.”

New England Revolution vs. Seattle Sounders FC

Kino Stadium

  • Scoring summary
  • SEA - Brad Evans (pk, 27')
  • SEA - Eddie Johnson (45')
  • Misconduct summary
  • SEA - Leo Gonzales (caution, 18')
  • SEA - Eddie Johnson (caution, 25')
  • NER - José Gonçalves (caution, 25')
  • SEA - Osvaldo Alonso (caution, 32')
  • SEA - Djimi Traoré (caution, 43')
  • SEA - Marc Burch (ejection, 79')
  • NER - Sainey Nyassi (ejection, 79')
  • SEA - Travis Bowen (caution, 83')
  • Seattle Sounders FC – Michael Gspurning (Marcus Hahnemann 46') - Adam Johansson (DeAndre Yedlin 64'), Djimi Traoré (Mikael Silvestre 46'), Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (Zach Scott 67'), Leo Gonzalez (Marc Burch 64') - Mauro Rosales (Alex Caskey 64'), Osvaldo Alonso (Andy Rose 38'), Brad Evans (Servando Carrasco 67'), Steve Zakuani (Lamar Neagle 64') - David Estrada (Travis Bowen 67'), Eddie Johnson (Sammy Ochoa 46')
  • New England Revolution – Bobby Shuttleworth - Andrew Farrell (Kevin Alston 46, Bilal Duckett 58), Chris Tierney (Tyler Polak 39), AJ Soares (Darrius Barnes 46), José Gonçalves (Stephen McCarthy 46) - Gabe Latigue (Juan Toja 26, Sanna Nyassi 46), Clyde Simms (Scott Caldwell 42), Kalifa Cisse (Andy Dorman 46), Lee Nguyen (Donnie Smith 46) - Diego Fagundez (Matt Horth 46, Dimitry Imbongo 69), Jerry Bengtson (Marko Jesic 46)

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