On Wednesday, the Independent Review Panel rescinded a red card shown to Delamea by referee Silviu Petrescu in the ninth minute of the Revolution’s 2-1 loss to New York City FC at Yankee Stadium last Saturday afternoon.
New England appealed the call Tuesday shortly before team training, where head coach/sporting director Bruce Arena called the decision to appeal “a no-brainer.”
The play in question involved Delamea making contact with NYCFC’s Valentin Castellanos near the right flank.
Though replay shows Delamea dispossessing Castellanos prior to bringing him down, Petrescu called a foul, cautioned Delamea, and awarded a free kick. Moments later, Petrescu subsequently sent off Delamea for denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity following video review.
“The Independent Review Panel, consisting of one representative from the U.S. Soccer Federation, one representative from the Canadian Soccer Association and one independent representative nominated by the Professional Referee Organization, has unanimously rescinded the one-game suspension and accompanying fine for the red card New England Revolution defender Antonio Delamea received in the 9th minute of New England’s match against New York City FC on Sept. 7,” Major League Soccer said in a statement Wednesday.
“As a result of New England’s appeal, Delamea is eligible to play in the Revolution’s next regular season game on Sept. 14 against Orlando City SC,” the statement continued.
Appealing the suspension came with some risk. New England could have lost part of a refundable, $25,000 bond all MLS teams are required to pay the league at the start of the season. Each club is granted two unsuccessful appeals each season.
The Revolution visit Orlando, where they have never won, this weekend seeking to remain in playoff position. Orlando is also four points behind New England, which sits four points ahead in the seventh and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
New England will already be without midfielder Wilfried Zahibo and forward Juan Agudelo, who are both suspended for yellow card accumulation, and could be missing forward Teal Bunbury (hamstring) and left back Edgar Castillo (rib) as well.