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MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps 1 New England 1

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 7 Apr 2011

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Vancouver striker Eric Hassli keeps making headlines as New England rode a last-gasp equaliser to a 1-1 draw at the Whitecaps on Wednesday.

A designated player signing from Swiss club FC Zurich, Frenchman Hassli scored from the penalty spot on 60 minutes to put the Whitecaps within touch of their second-ever Major League Soccer win.

But he picked up his second yellow card in the ensuing celebrations after removing one of two playing shirts he was wearing and throwing it into the crowd.

The Revolution eventually capitalised on their man advantage deep in stoppage time through Serbian substitute Ilija Stolica, whose headed goal in the 93rd-minute preserved New England’s unbeaten start to the season for another week.

Remarkably, Hassli was one of three players to receive their marching orders in the game, with team-mate Gershon Koffie sent off in the 44th minute for a stray elbow and New England defender AJ Soares dismissed for a clattering challenge on Atiba Harris late in the game.

Hassli now has three goals from as many games in his stint with the Whitecaps, but has also picked up two red cards.

The Whitecaps move to fourth on the Western Conference table following the draw, while New England narrowly retain their lead in the East from the Philadelphia Union.

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