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Feilhaber Talks Reception, Yellow Card on Saturday

Former Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber returned to Gilette Stadium on Saturday. (Photo: Chris Aduama/

Former Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber returned to Gilette Stadium on Saturday. (Photo: Chris Aduama/

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – In addition to keeping the scoreboard on standby, the blustery conditions at Gillette Stadium also put a damper on the return of ex-Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber.

Although he grabbed a good look on frame in the 19th minute, Revolution keeper Matt Reis thwarted Feilhaber’s chance to drive a stake into the hearts of the Revolution faithful.

Even though Feilhaber would’ve liked to help his new club get three points from his former club, the Sporting K.C. midfielder admitted that it was nevertheless good to be back in town, despite the 0-0 scoreline.

“For me, it’s obviously great to play against ex-teammates and (to be) in front of the crowd. I heard them yelling ‘Benny sucks’ and stuff like that, which is fine with me,” Feilhaber said, with a laugh, after Saturday’s game. “That’s cool, because that’s what fans are supposed to do.”

But the reception Feilhaber got from the same Foxboro faithful who cheered him during his two seasons (2011-12) in a Revolution uniform wasn’t entirely critical or antagonistic.

“Some fans said ‘Hi’ to me after the game,” Feilhaber said. “So it’s all in good spirit and I think most important, I get to see some of the guys. It’s always good to see friends.”

While he was happy to see familiar faces, he wasn’t too thrilled to see the yellow card referee Edvin Jurisevic gave him for simulation in 71st minute. On the play in question, Feilhaber and Clyde Simms battled for a short Paulo Nagamura ball inside the 18 before Feilhaber fell to the pitch.

“I’m not going to say anything bad about the referee, but there’s no way that’s a dive,” Feilhaber said. “It’s not a yellow card, it could even not be a penalty, but it’s not a yellow card. I mean, Clyde clearly hits me and it’s kind of a 50/50, but it’s not a yellow card.”


  1. Dan Clarke

    March 25, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    It was definitely a yellow. It reminded me of Benny’s time with the Revs. Oh and also, Benny sucks. Come to think of it we sucked too.

  2. rick sewall

    March 26, 2013 at 9:54 am

    You combine a windy day with artificial turf and you’ll get o pretty bad game. Only top players may have dealt with these conditions successfully.
    With the wind blowing mainly toward the Rev’s attacking goal in the first half why didn’t the Revs have a left footer kick the corner on the right side? Combining an inswinger with windy conditions causes major problems for the defense. Lee’s corner from the left side was fine, from the right pathetic for a professional. Don’t the Revs have a lefty for this purpose? I am beginning to think the coaching staff has a poor knowledge of defending and attacking the penalty area on free kicks.

  3. Brian O'Connell

    March 26, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Hey Rick,
    The only lefties on the Revs roster who’ve taken corners are Donnie Smith and Chris Tierney, but neither saw action on Saturday.

  4. rick sewall

    March 26, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I am a little surprised that the Revs don’t have a right footer who is deemed to have a good enough left to take this type of corner under these conditions. Developing the weaker foot merely takes practice, but I must emphasize that a thorough knowledge of kicking technique is absolutely necessary. Otherwise, the danger of reinforcing bad habits will be ever present.

  5. Paulo Simões

    March 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Well they should have taken the corners kicks short, problem solved but I guess thats to creative for them…..they only took one short if I recall.

  6. John B

    March 26, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    lol we have so many good footballers on here today…

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