FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In the moments following Saturday’s 4-3 loss in Vancouver on Saturday, it was clear that Revolution head coach Jay Heaps wasn’t terribly thrilled with referee Juan Guzman’s decision to issue a red card to Andrew Farrell.
Now that he’s seen the footage of the incident -- one in which Farrell trips Kenny Miller from behind on a goalscoring opportunity in the 23rd minute -- it appears Heaps’ view on Guzman’s decision softened somewhat.
“It’s a tough one,” Heaps said. “I think the majority of the contact comes from Miller, and he’s smart enough to make a meal of it a little bit, but at the same time, there was a little bit of contact from Farrell.”
Heaps called Saturday’s game a “learning experience” following Wednesday’s training, and that phrase rang especially true for Farrell.
“It’s his first red card in his life,” Heaps said.
Although the Revolution failed to secure points in Saturday’s loss, Heaps believes that the situation -- going down to 10 men on the road early -- will serve to mature his team.
“A lot of our team is made up of young players,” Heaps said. “We’re learning and we do a lot in training. But at the same time, there are certain situations that only the game can teach you.”
BENGTSON’S BACK ... BUT KEEPING QUIET
Revolution forward Jerry Bengtson isn’t the most talkative player in the locker room, so it came as no surprise that he declined to speak with the media on Wednesday about his abrupt departure from the Honduras National Team last week.
According to reports in Honduras, the 26-year-old striker left the squad after quarrelling with National Team manager Luis Fernando Suarez about his role. Suarez reportedly dropped Bengtson from the starting lineup, and Bengtson was upset about the decision.
While Bengtson has come under fire for abandoning the squad during a crucial stretch of World Cup Qualifiers, Heaps was quick to offer praise and support for his embattled striker.
“He’s a professional, and a great teammate,” Heaps said. “He’s a little bit disappointed, obviously, with where he is (on the National Team). (But) as a team, that’s what we do, we’re there for each other, we’re trying help him process what happened but at the same time.”
Teammate Juan Agudelo hasn’t talked to Bengtson about the incident, but that didn’t stop him from ribbing Bengtson after Honduras was blanked 1-0 by the United States in Tuesday’s World Cup Qualifier.
“I just told him I didn’t know where the Honduras forward was, (and) that maybe he should’ve been there,” quipped Agudelo.
AGUDELO WANTS TO KEEP PLAYING
While most players welcome the respite that a mid-season bye provides, Agudelo, who scored in last week’s loss in Vancouver, would love nothing more than to get back on the field this weekend.
“I wanted to play (this weekend),” Agudelo said when asked about the team’s bye week this week. “I wanted to keep on playing because the first 20 minutes of that Vancouver game was probably the most fun I’ve had playing the whole season. I can’t wait to be out there again with a team like that and having fun.”