Missing at least four regular starters, the New England Revolution came into KC last night and handed the Wizards their first loss of the season, 3-1. Unlike the last two games, all the scoring came in the first half.
Things got off to a rough start, when in the 12th minute Tyson Wahl attempted to clear a free kick played into the box, as he did, though, he played it off of Jack Jewsbury and past Kevin Hartman for a 1-0 lead for the Revs. The Wizards started to fight back and had the majority of the ball, when in the 28th minute, Kurt Morsink was taken down in the box giving the Wizards a penalty kick. Jack Jewsbury stepped up and took the kick and leveled the game at one, beating Matt Reis. As they say in soccer, the next five minutes after a goal is scored is one of the most dangerous times, and the Revs proved it, when in the 33rd minute, Khano Smith broke down the right hand side and played the ball across to Sainey Nyassi unmarked on the back post, where he finished to give the Revs a 2-1 lead.
To make matters worse for the Wizards, in the 40th minute a free kick played into the box led to goal number 3 for the Revolution. Sharlie Joseph used his arm to help bring the ball down in the box and it found it's way to Kenny Mansally who scored past Hartman to make it 3-1. In the second half, Chance Myers replaced Michael Harrington at left back and the Wizards enjoyed the lion's share of possession as they went searching for the equalizer. Numerous chances were missed, including a ball played across the mouth of goal with nobody to finish it, and Carlos Marinelli volleying over from about 8 yards out.
Overall it was a poor effort from the Wizards, they looked like a team only coming off of a few days rest. It's not not going to get easier, as the reserves are "suppose to" (I say suppose to, because as I write this it's lightning outside) play the Revolution today, and then Saturday the Wizards are back in action against another injury depleted side in Houston.
Wizards Man of the Match - Jack Jewsbury - Made up for the own goal (that he probably knew nothing about) by putting away a PK and being all over the field as the Wizards tried to get back into the game. It was hard to pick a man of the match last night due to the poor play all around, so going with the goalscorer was my pick.