Former Rangers player Matt Polster was sent off for New England Revolution on Saturday in a dramatic 2-1 defeat to Philadelphia Union.

Polster was snapped up on a free transfer by Steven Gerrard and spent 18 months at Ibrox before returning to the MLS earlier this summer in a deal worth a reported £300,000 [Scottish Sun].

Matt Polster left Rangers in search of regular playing time with New England Revolution. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The USA international spent most of his time at Ibrox as a back-up right-back, making a total of 10 appearances, but has moved into midfield for the Revs and is already a key part of their strongest XI.

He earned rave reviews from supporters for his early performances for the Eastern Conference club, while he helped to secure a win over his former side Chicago Fire last time out.

New England Revolution v Chicago Fire
Polster in MLS action against Chicago Fire. (Photo by Robin Alam/ISI Photos/Getty Images).

However, things didn’t go according to plan this weekend.

The former Ger was booked in the eighth minute of the away game against Philadelphia Union and with the scores still locked at 0-0, he picked up a second yellow card just before the hour mark.

He can count himself a little unfortunate to have received his marching orders, though. Jose Andres Martinez went down under pressure from Polster as the hosts began a counter-attack, but although there was contact, the opposition player was clearly looking for an excuse to go down.

The 27-year-old had to go, though, and his team were faced with the prospect of playing over half an hour with ten men.

As the game entered its final stages, it looked as though they would escape with a draw, after Tajon Buchanan’s excellent goal cancelled out Anthony Fontana’s opener.

However, in a dramatic finish, Fontana smashed an unstoppable drive into the top left corner in the fifth and final minute of stoppage time, securing all three points for the home side.

The Revs are now seventh in the Eastern Conference table with 14 points from 11 matches, with Polster facing a suspension for next week’s match against New York City FC.

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