03 September, 2010

Morelia defeats Revolution in Superliga Final

And it is over, ladies and gentlemen. Las Monarcas de Morelia defeated the New England Revolution 2-1 in Foxboro Wednesday, dominating the game for the first 75 minutes. Morelia hit the crossbar twice in the first half, first on a one timer by 21-year-old midfielder Ismael Pineda, and the second time on a header by center back Mauricio Romero of Argentina from a corner kick, but did not score until after the break.

Referee Carlos Batres of Guatemala was injured and replaced at halftime by fourth official Elmar Rodas, also of Guatemala. Rodas was soon involved in second half controversy in the 65th minute as he called a penalty kick against Darrius Barnes for what was actually a foul by Luis Gabriel Rey of Colombia. Rey knocked down Barnes from behind, which should have been a foul against Rey. On his way down after being shoved from behind, Barnes got tangled up in Rey's feet and pulled down Rey with him. A penalty kick for Morelia was the wrong call. Miguel Sabah put the ensuing bogus penalty kick right down the middle past a diving Matt Reis for a 1-0 Morelia lead.

In the 75th minute, Sabah scored again on a volley from outside the penalty area (that may have glanced off of defender Kevin Alston's huge Afro) to double Morelia's lead. New England then sent everyone forward on the attack, and 22-year-old Kevin Alston scored his first career goal on a give and go with Zack Schilawski in the 79th minute. (I've included a picture of Alston and his enormous Afro)

The Revolution were not about to give up and tried to force extra time, and pushed forward even more when Luis Gabriel Rey got a second yellow card for diving in the 91st minute. In the final minute of stoppage time, Cory Gibbs (remember him?) shot the ball straight at Morelia goalkeeper Federico Vilar of Argentina.

In the end, Morelia were clearly the superior team, with two goals, two crossbars struck, and six shots on goal saved by Matt Reis. In contrast, Vilar needed only to save three shots on goal while allowing one score. So, it is official, the Mexican League is better than MLS, or at least they were today, even playing in New England's Gillette Stadium.

Please enjoy highlights here, courtesy of Major League Soccer

Alston Photo: ESPN


  1. Yeah, I don't think that was a foul on the Morelia player. Honestly, the ref got it right. Morelia looked tight. This could be real good next year with Rafa Marquez and the Red Bulls and Nery Castillo and the Fire against top Meican squads.


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