FOXBOROUGH — After the heinousness of New England's 7-0 defeat at the hands of Atlanta United FC last Sept. 13 -- the match which, in all likelihood, sealed former manager Jay Heaps' fate -- New England Revolution supporters had started to vehemently abhor VAR, the technical assistance given referees to, ahem, "get the calls right."
Video Assistant Refereeing is basically, in layman's terms, the referee going under the hood in the NFL, or checking the monitor in basketball. Where things once went unnoticed, the eye of the mighty camera sees all, and in a matter of seconds, a decision is made.
In that match against the Five Stripes, both ex-Rev Xavier Kouassi (16th minute) and current Rev Antonio Delamea (38th minute) saw straight red cards from referee Baldomero Toledo after things he didn't originally see showed up in review.
In a matter of 22 minutes that night, New England went from having a slim chance of winning a road match -- it was 1-nil to AUFC when Kouassi got his marching orders -- to having no chance when Delamea received his early shower.
But twice now in '18, the VAR system has proven that yes, VAR doesn't necessarily have to go against the Revolution every single time.