Yes, you read that title right.
No player was more divisive in Week 16 than Miller. Vancouver defeated the Revolution on Saturday. But thanks to the Scotsman, the match was not devoid of controversy.
The Revolution dominated play and held a deserving 2-0 lead in the first half. The Whitecaps responded by playing inspired football following the 23rd minute. But there’s no denying Vancouver’s onslaught came in the wake of the most egregious red card of the season.
If anyone deserved a red card on Saturday, it was Miller, not Andrew Farrell.
Miller’s half volley in the 68th minute was impressive. But it paled in comparison to his masterful dive in the 23rd minute. In a three-second span, Miller managed to whiff on the ball, kick himself in the heel and cry foul.
Now, that’s impressive.
Proponents of the red card argue that Farrell initiated contact with an elbow to Miller’s lower back, and that he denied Miller a clear goalscoring opportunity. But the only person who denied Kenny Miller a clear goalscoring opportunity was Kenny Miller.
Here is the definitive angle. You can clearly see Miller throw his hands in the air after he initiates contact with himself.
Farrell didn’t even have a finger on Miller at that moment.
The Whitecaps took control of the match and rallied with the man advantage. The Revolution’s youthful inexperience showed.
Playoff teams respond. New England collapsed.
Lee Nguyen had the opportunity to equalize in the final seconds of stoppage time. But his free-kick was safely tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Brad Knighton.
In the end, the story of the match was the decisive red card. MLS teams are allotted two red-card appeals each season.
It would behoove the Revolution to exercise one of them this week.
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