Coming off a solid performance at home against MLS leaders Toronto FC, the New England Revolution looked to build off that win and keep their slim playoff homes alive.
Instead, the nightmare continued as Xavier Kouassi was again sent off with a straight red card after video review and a shorthanded Revs side were overwhelmed for the third straight road match in a 6-1 defeat at Orlando City.
Ten minutes into the game, Silviu Petrescu went to the video replay area to inspect a challenge from Kouassi on OCSC defender Seb Hines. Kouassi’s challenge won the ball cleanly but his follow through caught Hines near the ankle, prompting a whistle but no further action from the center referee. That is until Petrescu signaled for a video review and then came back and dismissed Kouassi in the 11th minute.
Down to ten men, the Revs again struggled to keep the defensive shape, allowing set piece goals to Antonio Nocerino and Seb Hines before Kaka slammed home a third right before halftime.
Lee Nguyen clawed on back for the Revs with a stunning free kick in first half stoppage time, but all the talk would again be on the early red card for the Revs.
HT Orlando 3 #NERevs 1— NewEnglandRevolution (@NERevolution) September 28, 2017
Revs down to 10 men as Xavier Kouassi sent off for this - via Video Review. pic.twitter.com/oBdyRd2KuQ
In the second half, the Revs adjusted by bringing on Gershon Koffie into the midfield and sliding Je-Vaughn Watson back to left back and they were able to slow the Orlando attack for the bulk of the second half. But Orlando’s fourth goal, a simple tap-in rebound finish from Kaka (his second of the game) would open the flood gates for another blowout.
Dominic Dwyer found the back of the net in the 84th minute as Orlando fought through a hard foul by Benjamin Angoua to score on the advantage. Yoshimar Yotun added the sixth and final goal to go along with his two assists in the first half to polish off a resounding win for the Lions.
The puts Orlando level on points with New England in the East standings, as both teams now have 38 points through 31 games played with the Revs in 8th place on wins and goal difference tiebreakers.
New England’s next game will be at home to Atlanta United on September 30th at 730pm.