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The two Philadelphia goals both came off long crosses that should have been better defended, regardless of the circumstances.
“Listen, the cold fact is we received three red cards the last three games. When you receive a red card so early, it makes the game very difficult. The way we received those red cards should not happen,” said Impact captain Jukka Raitala. “Obviously when you’re in the game you have feelings. It’s unacceptable.
“Even after that, I think the goals they scored, the first two or three, we defended very poorly.”
With the game out of reach following an early second-half score, Henry went to his bench liberally, knowing this was the first of three games in eight days. He replaced Joel Waterman, playing for the first time since early March, with Laval teenager Karifa Yao — leaving veteran 38-year-old French defender Rod Fanni conspicuously on the bench.
And, while Henry inserted both Lassi Lappalainen and Jorge Corrales, one must wonder why midfielder Saphir Taïder, a key component, didn’t receive a rest.