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Revolution v. Toronto FC: Three Thoughts

Gershon Koffie needs to avoid cards and two other thoughts.

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The New England Revolution tied Toronto FC 1-1 on Saturday afternoon. As has become the costume, refereeing consumed most post-game discussions. There were, however, other things to talk about. Let's take a look:

1. Gershon Koffie needs to stop getting cards. There's no question that Koffie has been a solid pickup for the Revolution. The former Vancouver Whitecaps player is a hard-nosed competitor, who's smooth with the ball at his feet. That said, he has to be smarter when it comes to getting cards, a task that's easier said than done considering the current state of refereeing. On Saturday, Koffie was asked to track Sebastian Giovinco, a feat that's undeniably hard. Just 20 minutes into the game, Koffie earned a yellow card for a foul on Giovinco. It was a moment that put him at a disadvantage for the rest of the game. More than an isolated incident, Koffie has earned three cards, including one red, in five appearances. The Revs need Koffie on the field, so he has to avoid unnecessary suspensions.

2. You can't turn off. When Toronto scored in the 58th minute, it wasn't without controversy. In the moments leading up to Giovinco's tally, Justin Morrow committed a yellow card worthy foul and Drew Moor made a hard play on Teal Bunbury, which could've been a penalty. The referee didn't stop play in either instance, which upset many Revolution players. When it comes down to it, however, the Revs needed to stay aware and composed. The quick counter goal, which was scored by Toronto's most dangerous attacker and assisted by the team's second most, shouldn't have happened. Was the ref amiss? Sure, but that doesn't excuse the lapse of concentration.

3. It was a good performance for the Revolution. All told, the Revs probably deserved three points. They had more shots (13 v. 10) and limited their opponent to a solitary look on frame (it just so happened to be a goal). For a team that waited until their fifth game to collect their first win, Saturday was a sign of improvement. There's a lot of talent on the Revolution roster and if the players continue to perform and gel then 2016 could turn out to be a successful year.