The New England Revolution grabbed their first win of the season Friday night, but the New York Red Bulls were less than pleased with the manner in which the home side stole the 1-0 victory at Gillette Stadium.
With Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence down injured, the Revs – either not realizing it or ignoring the Jamaican's injury – played on and eventually found the game's only goal through Diego Fagundez in the 55th minute.
New York coach Jesse Marsch was furious with the home side's seemingly unsporting behavior.
"It’s shameful for me," Marsch said. "It was clear as day that he was down on the ground and not just one player saw him, the whole team saw him, so that part for me is shameful."
For his part, referee Mark Geiger didn't see enough in Lawrence's injury to stop play himself.
“At the time, the injury did not appear serious. Therefore, play was allowed to continue,” Geiger said through a pool reporter after the match.
Just six minutes after New England's goal, Geiger controversially gave Felipe Martins a straight red card for a challenge on Kelyn Rowe near midfield. Again, Marsch was not pleased.
"The referee had such a huge impact on this game by having a bad performance," Marsch said. “That’s another one that’s not a red card."