Revolution

Analysis: Brandon Bye’s near red card vs. Crew prompts questions about Revs’ depth on back line

FOXBOROUGH — In the 84th minute Saturday afternoon, Revolution right back Brandon Bye found himself staring at a straight red card — and a Match Day 3 suspension — after a seemingly innocuous rub against Columbus’ Pedro Santos while in the air. It led to a rather tense few minutes inside Gillette Stadium, with everyone knowing what the red meant; in the Match Blog, we had wondered what the Revs would do at right back at Toronto this Sunday. After all, Andrew Farrell isn’t available to reclaim his spot in the XI just yet.

But thanks to VAR, referee Dave Gantar rescinded the red and instead cautioned Bye. That kept the second-year professional eligible for the weekend.

Phew, all’s well that ends well, things like that. Bye will more than likely get the start at right back for the third-straight week.

But what if VAR hadn’t gone the Revs’ way? Bye would have been suspended, and with what many feels is a lack of depth in the back, New England would have been stuck between a rock and a hard place when they visited the Reds.

So how would have the Revolution lined up in the back in that particular case?