New England Soccer Today

Agudelo Talks Wundergoal, Boswell Foul

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

A bright start gave way to a dark finish for the Revolution in Wednesday’s 2-1 knockout round loss at DC, and a convincing case could be made that no one felt the contrast in emotions more than striker Juan Agudelo.

In the 15th minute, Agudelo scored on an incredible overheard volley from a Kevin Alston cross that not only put the Revolution up early on the road, but also drew plenty of applause from supporters and pundits alike on social media.

“Kevin was able to do a great cross, and I didn’t even think about it,” Agudelo told the media after the match. “I just got it in, but I could care less about the goal. I wish we would’ve won.”

While Agudelo’s brilliant goal was hands-down the highlight of the night, the striker found himself involved in a decidedly darker incident later in the match.

In the 68th minute, Agudelo was trailing a DC advance when Bobby Boswell preemptively thrust his studs into the striker’s leg. The foul prompted referee Mark Geiger to issue a yellow card to Boswell during a subsequent stoppage while Agudelo writhed in pain before he was forced to come out of the match moments later.

“I don’t know why he would just do that,” Agudelo said. “It’s disrespectful. He put his knee right on my hamstring, and took me out of the game. I was limping as I was coming off, and I wasn’t faking it. It was right off the ball, and I wasn’t even expecting it. It felt like I got shot, like a cheap shot.”

It is unclear whether Boswell will receive further punishment from the league’s disciplinary committee, but it is worth noting that the foul was just the latest in a series of incidents involving the United striker and the Revolution.

In a 2013 confrontation with the Revolution, Boswell, who was playing for the Dynamo at the time, was issued a red card after getting tangled up with Dimitry Imbongo in the box.

Whether the United center back receives further disciplinary action against him before United’s Eastern Conference semifinal date against New York or Columbus, it’s fair to say that Agudelo won’t be shaking hands and trading jerseys with Boswell anytime soon.

“I’m not the kind of guy that goes into the media and goes off,” Agudelo said. “But I’ve never been disrespected like that in a game before. What hurts the most is that it took me out of the game, and he didn’t even get a red card. It just reminded me of the play in Champions League when John Terry hit Pedro and got sent off. It’s BS.”

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