I've seen some bad refereeing in my days of watching football, but tonight was a shining star of strangeness when it came to referee Geoff Gamble - a newbie to the MLS scene with only five games reffed before this - and the calls he made. Less than any particular skill on the field, the referee decided quite a bit in this one, with two PKs and a red card on his resume for the night along with a handful of head scratchers when it came to fouls.
The lineup was a bit confusing from Gary Smith as he stuck the ineffective Scott Palguta in at left back once again - has there yet been a game where putting him in has actually worked out except perhaps the Houston game? - and Caleb Folan in for Omar Cummings up top with Omar still carrying a bit of a knock from the Red Bulls game.
The second half is when the fun really began, as in the 63rd minute Sanna Nyassi was knocked down in the box by Chris Tierney for a penalty kick as well as a head-scratcher of a red card for Chris. Caleb Folan stepped up and scored calmly for his fourth goal of the season and the Revs being down to 10 men seemd to up the physicality of the match as the fouls being called seemed to increase in frequency.
Kosuke Kimura scored a goal of his own late in the match as he made a cross from over 60 yards out that resembled Jamie Smith's goal over Tally Hall's head earlier in the season as Matt Reis misread the ball and allowed it to bounce over his head and into the net.
Unfortunately, the Rapids couldn't hold the lead as literally seconds before stoppage time began, Scott Palguta realized that he had actually played an all-right game and decided to put a stop to that by earning the Revs a penalty kick of their own on a completely dumb play that maybe wasn't a penalty sometimes but was sure to be with the referee out for blood as he was tonight. It was Shalrie Joseph who put the ball in for the final goal of the match as Matt Pickens dove the right way but missed the ball, just as he always frustratingly seems to do on PKs.
The point at home is well earned and guarantees that the Rapids will end the month with at least 9 points. The final game of the July from hell comes next Friday when the Rapids take on the Philadelphia Union in Philly.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Kosuke Kimura. Well earned first goal of the season for Kosuke, also had the first good chance of the game for either team and was effective at defense and crosses. His best game of the season by far!
GOAT OF THE MATCH: Scott Palguta. Do I even have to say anything at this point? Stop giving this guy minutes, Gary!