TORONTO - Toronto FC should have won Friday night’s game against the New England Revolution, according to referee Fotis Bazakos.
But the Reds didn’t, because of Bazakos.
In the 87th minute, with the game at 1-1, Toronto FC’s Steven Caldwell climbed the ladder to head a restart down and past New England’s Matt Reis to, at least initially, give the Reds a 2-1 advantage.
Celebratory chants rained down, high-fives were given.
Bazakos, though, stood with his hand up, having blown play dead as the Caldwell’s header entered the rain-soaked goal.
“(The referee) admitted to Steven on the field that he got it wrong,” Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen said of what appeared to be Toronto’s winner.
“What’s unfortunate is that for 80 minutes (my guys) were superb. I’m more disappointed because I think they deserved the win and it kind of cost them. It was taken away from them.”