At what point do you stop beating a dead horse?
Here's a hint: It's not after Week 32.
The New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution played to a 2-2 draw on Saturday. The result kept New York atop the Supporters' Shield standings for at least another week. New England still remains two points out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.
Both clubs were in search of a much-needed three points. Both felt wronged following the match. Legitimate arguments can be made for either side.
You can thank referee Fotis Bazakos for that.
Up a goal and entering the 83rd minute, Red Bulls defender Jamison Olave intercepted a Saer Sene cross with the inside part of his shoulder. Not his arm. His shoulder. Even with a decent angle of the play, Bazakos miserably failed to realize it.
The whistle was blown. The penalty was awarded. Lee Nguyen would equalize.
The fun didn't stop there.
A push from Thierry Henry inside the area forced Andrew Farrell's face to collide with his own goalkeeper. A solid strike from Matt Reis' knee left the 21-year-old rookie bruised, battered and bloodied.
The match—extended thanks to Henry's foul—moved past the sixth minute of stoppage-time. Bazakos only allotted four. Seconds later, Tim Cahill leveled the affair after Diego Fagundez had given New England a late lead. Farrell, still bloodied at the face, was unable to be on the pitch for the match's final sequence.
New England finished the match with nine men. New York finished with one point.
Bazakos finished with even less credibility than that.
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