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Hi everybody, It’s Ian Holliday with some thoughts from the first half of tonight’s Revolution vs. Chivas USA match:

  • Four defensive lapses for the Revs during that first half, two of which Chivas was able to convert. It’s a shame because the Revs actually started the game better than they’ve started the last few. Before the first goal the Revs were actually managing some semblance of possession, but the goal, followed by the red card to Marko Perovic took a lot of the wind out of the team’s sails.
  • Speaking of Perovic, he has to be smarter in that situation. A red card might have been a little harsh for that incident (Perovic missed with the first arm and the Chivas player embellished the second a bit), but he shouldn’t have been retaliating in the first place.
  • Zack Schilawski looks more confident every time he steps on the pitch. He hasn’t seen much of the ball since the opening 10 minutes, but during that time he used his body, made good runs, and generally looked comfortable up top.
  • The Revs didn’t get their first free kick until the 36th minute. They weren’t necessarily deserving of one before that point, but there were several borderline events that had resulted in no-calls before then, things that would have probably been fouls in another league. Jay Heaps made a good point when he said Perovic probably retaliated because he assumed the ref wasn’t going to call the foul. Again, that’s not an excuse for Perovic’s actions, just an explanation of  his possible thought process.
  • Pat Phelan needs to do better. He’s been almost a non-entity in the midfield for the Revs. Chris Tierney hasn’t been much better, but he gets a pass because it’s his first start in central midfield. Phelan doesn’t need to be Shalrie Joseph, but he does need to impose himself more on the game: close down players, win headers, make intelligent passes, etc.
  • Will we see Edgaras Jankauskas in the second half? His ability to hold the ball would be a plus, but he’s not always the best at getting back on defense. Try to enjoy the second half. I’ll see you for postgame reflections.

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