To paraphrase another Gillette Stadium-based coach, the Revolution are on to Kansas City.
The Revs have little choice to do otherwise in the wake of Wednesday night’s 7-0 thrashing at the hands of Atlanta United in front of a crowd of 42,511 at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in their first meeting against the expansion club.
The Revs were down to nine men by game’s end after video replay resulted in red cards issued to midfielder Xavier Kouassi (eighth minute, unsporting behavior) and defender Antonio Delamea (38th minute, denial of obvious goal-scoring opportunity). Kouassi initially appeared headed for a foul before video replay intervened. Later, Atlanta was about to line up for a corner kick when video replay led to Delamea being sent off.
Revs coach Jay Heaps had difficulty putting into words his reaction over the lopsided loss.
“First and foremost, we have to move on to the next game. A lot of it was out of our control. The mindset has to be that we’re on to Kansas City and how quickly we can get to the next game,” Heaps said yesterday by phone from Kansas City, where the team was set to close out its two-game road set tonight at Children’s Mercy Park.
“It was a helpless feeling and speechless feeling. After the game it was tough to process it. I don’t think that it will be the last game you’ll see like that where they take a longer look at it. The referee rules it one way and then they look at it a little longer and reverse it. That’s the way the game is going,” said Heaps, who has publicly supported video replay in the past.
It was the seventh time in club history that the Revs had two players sent off in a match. The manpower deficit was a big reason why they failed to post a shot on goal.
“We had a lot of guys we couldn’t get into the game because of the situation. We wanted to have a deep bench (against Atlanta). So, we feel we have a lot of rested guys (for Kansas City),” Heaps said.
Heaps was asked if some lineup changes were in store in the wake of the midweek debacle.
“We’re still assessing right now. We’re sitting down with players and I think that there will be changes for (tonight),” Heaps said. “(Kansas City) is a very good team, a very good team at home. Also, they have guys that have been together for a while and they’ve added some good pieces. We have big test ahead of us.”
Heaps said the entire program has to look in the mirror.
“Every time you step on the field, you’re fighting for…