Harrison To Play Sunday As Red Card Is Rescinded

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Jack Harrison will get to make his CitiField debut after all.

The New York City FC midfielder has had the red card issued to him in this past Sunday’s 2-1 loss to New England Revolution rescinded. A three-member independent panel, which includes a representative from the U.S. Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association and the Professional Referee Organization, decided unanimously to overturn the decision.

Harrison was sent off in the 26th minute after a two-footed challenge on New England’s Teal Bunbury. Immediately after the tackle, Harrison went to Bunbury and appeared to quickly apologize.

Not surprisingly, Patrick Vieira was not happy with the call.

“It was a ridiculous red card,” the head coach said just after Sunday’s match. “I see it again at halftime, I see it after the game and I still don’t understand the decision of the referees.”

But Harrison will now be available for New York City as they meet the Columbus Crew in the season finale this Sunday at CitiField. The match was moved from Yankee Stadium as a result of the deep playoff run by the New York Yankees. A win by New York City will guarantee second place in the Eastern Conference and allow the team to avoid the dreaded mid-week one-game play-in round.

Currently, NYCFC with 56 points sits one point ahead of Chicago Fire, two points ahead of Atlanta United and three points ahead of Columbus Crew. Toronto FC has clinched first place and the Supporters’ Shield and New York Red Bulls are locked into sixth place.