Thursday, April 7, 2011

Whitecaps, Revolution Play To Wild Draw In Vancouver

The Vancouver Whitecaps hosted the New England Revolution in a wild Major League Soccer game Wednesday at Vancouver's Empire Field that ended in a 1-1 draw.

Vancouver played most of the game with nine men on the pitch after Gershon Koffie earned a straight red card, which carries a $250 fine and a one-game suspension, for throwing an elbow to New England's Pat Phelan, then they lost Eric Hassli after he took off his shirt in celebration of scoring a penalty kick goal in the 56th minute and was given his second yellow card, which also results in being ejected.

New England created the draw when Ilija Stolica scored in the 90th minute of play and now, at 1-0-3 with six points, are tied with the Philadelphia Union (2-1-0, six points) for the lead in the Eastern Conference standings. The Revolution next host Real Salt Lake Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.

Vancouver is now 1-1-2 with five points and is in fourth place in the Western Conference standings. They travel to the Houston Dynamo Sunday.

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