New England Revolution vs. Toronto FC | MLS Match Preview
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION vs TORONTO FC
GILLETTE STADIUM, Foxborough, Mass.
August 4, 2013 (WEEK 23, MLS Game #211) 7:30 p.m. ET (UDN; CSN-NE; SNet Ont)
The New England Revolution and Toronto FC meet for the third time this season when the clubs face off in a key clash for Eastern Conference placing on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution are still in a tie for fifth place in the East and the final postseason spot, after their come-from-behind 2-1 win at D.C. United last weekend. TFC has 13 points to make up to reach the top five in the East, following their first win at BMO Field in more than a year in a late 2-1 victory against the Columbus Crew last weekend.
REFEREE: Ricardo Salazar. AR1 (bench): James Conlee; AR2 (opposite): Kevin Klinger; 4th: Geoff Gamble
MLS Career: 173 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 50; pens: 59
DISABLED LIST: none
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: TOR: Doneil Henry, Darel Russell
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: NE: Juan Toja, Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen, Andrew Farrell … TOR: Matias Laba, Gale Agbossoumonde, Darren O’Dea, Richard Eckersley
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (14 meetings): Revolution 5 wins, 24 goals … Toronto FC 3 wins, 15 goals … Ties 6
AT NEW ENGLAND (8 meetings): Revolution 5 wins, 16 goals … Toronto FC 1 win, 4 goals … Ties 2
FUTURE MATCH: 8/30: Toronto FC vs. New England Revolution, 7 p.m. ET
- The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Goals from Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo gave the Revolution a 2-0 victory on May 25 at Gillette Stadium.
- The win snapped a five-game Revolution winless streak vs. Toronto FC. Since a 4-1 Revs win April 10, 2010 at Gillette Stadium. TFC won two of the five games in between.
- The Revolution have never won at BMO Field, with two losses and four draws in six all-time visits.
- Coaches record: Jay Heaps vs. TOR: P3 W1 L1 D1 … Ryan Nelsen v NE: P1 W0 L1 D0
5/25: NE 2, TOR 0 (Fagundez 23; Agudelo 93+)
- The Revolution took the lead after 23 minutes. Chris Tierney sent in a curling service from the left hand side that froze the Reds back line and located Diego Fagundez at the far post, and he gleefully lashed home his third goal in as many matches from the volley.
- The home side finished off the match in second-half stoppage time. This time it was from a Saër Sène cross as Juan Agudelo moved into the right spot to divert the ball into the net from close range.
- NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-1-4-1): Bobby Shuttleworth - Andrew Farrell, Stephen McCarthy, Jose Goncalves, Chris Tierney - Scott Caldwell (Andy Dorman 82) - Juan Agudelo, Juan Toja (Kelyn Rowe 61), Lee Nguyen, Diego Fagundez - Jerry Bengtson (Saer Sene 72).
- TORONTO FC (4-4-2): Joseph Bendik - Ryan Richter, Doneil Henry, Steven Caldwell, Darren O'Dea - Jeremy Brockie, Matias Laba, Jeremy Hall, Reggie Lambe (Jonathan Osorio 46) - Luis Silva, Robert Earnshaw (Hogan Ephraim 68).
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
The New England Revolution won their second match on the trot, coming back for a 2-1 win Saturday evening vs. D.C. United at RFK Stadium. The Revolution are in a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with 30 points from 21 matches.
- United took the lead in the eighth minute. United midfielder John Thorrington played a quick ball to Luis Silva some 25 yards out from goal. He quickly turned blasted a dipping shot under the outstretched arms of a diving Bobby Shuttleworth in the Revolution goal.
- New England leveled the score in the 54th minute when a cross by Chris Tierney found its way through a host of bodies and landed at the feet of Dimitry Imbongo, who tapped it home off a defender and past United goalkeeper Joe Willis.
- Nine minutes later, the Revolution took the lead. Revs forward Saer Sene blistered a shot toward the upper 90 which beat Willis, bounced off the crossbar, then off the far post and landed directly in front of goal where Diego Fagundez headed home the rebound into an empty net.
- Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made four changes to the team that claimed a 2-0 win against the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium. Stephen McCarthy came into the back four and Saer Sene, Lee Nguyen and Diego Fagundez started in midfield, in place of A.J. Soares, Darrius Barnes, Chad Barrett and Scott Caldwell.
- NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-1-4-1): Bobby Shuttleworth - Andrew Farrell, Stephen McCarthy, Jose Goncalves, Chris Tierney - Clyde Simms (Scott Caldwell 46) - Saer Sene, Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen, Diego Fagundez (Chad Barrett 70) - Dimitry Imbongo (Kevin Alston 84).
- The Revolution have put together back-to-back wins for the first time since winning three in a row May 18-June 2 – all of which came by shutout.
- Diego Fagundez has scored in back-to-back games, his first goals after scoring in four consecutive games from May 11-June 2. Fagundez has a career-high seven goals this season after netting twice in each of his first two league campaigns.
- Defender Kevin Alston made his first appearance since March 30 after returning from the disabled list after receiving treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia. Alston came on as an 84th-minute substitute.
- “He’s exactly what we needed—a shot of energy. He’s been great all week in training and up to this point in two weeks of training,” Heaps said. “He’s been itching to get on the field and you could see when he came on he was like a shot out of a cannon.”
- Chris Tierney returned to his usual left back role after a game on the left side of midfield and recorded his fourth assist of the season.
- “We needed a player and we needed an outside back, we needed cover and you saw how it changed tonight when we were able to get Chris [Tierney] up (by bringing on Alston),” Heaps said. “It’s an awesome story. I know he’s going to make an impact on our team. It’s almost like a signing and a lot of the players feel like we added a really excellent outside back.”
- Dimitry Imbongo scored his third goal of the season, making a second consecutive start in attack. All three of Imbongo’s goals have come since June 15.
- “In the second half we really wanted to get [Chris] Tierney in some better spots. We switched Saer [Sene] to the other side to give ourselves a bit more width because he naturally wants to come in so we pushed him wider,” Heaps said. “We found the little gaps. I thought Dimitry [Imbongo] had a nice finish and Saer really should have had two goals.”
Toronto FC put an end to their six-game winless streak in dramatic fashion, coming back for a 2-1 win against the Columbus Crew on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field. TFC sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with 17 points from 21 matches.
- The Crew opened the scoring in the 17th minute. Dominic Oduro took the ball on the right wing and beat TFC 'keeper Joe Bendik inside the near post on a blast from 25 yards out.
- But the home side drew level just three minutes from full time when Jeremy Brockie took a through pass from Bobby Convey and laid it off for a charging Jonathan Osorio, who buried a left-footed shot past Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum.
- TFC then hit for an improbable late winner, four minutes into stoppage time, as Convey was once again the set-up man. He drifted a pass to the back post to the foot of a sliding Andrew Wiedeman, who redirected the ball past Gruenebaum for Toronto's first BMO Field win this year.
- TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen made no changes to the team that played to a scoreless draw with the New York Red Bulls at BMO Field.
- TORONTO FC (4-4-2): Joseph Bendik - Richard Eckersley, Doneil Henry, Steven Caldwell, Ashtone Morgan (Alvaro Rey 76) - Jonathan Osorio, Matias Laba, Jeremy Hall (Reggie Lambe 46), Bobby Convey - Jeremy Brockie, Justin Braun (Andrew Wiedeman 46).
- Toronto FC won their first game at BMO Field since July 18, 2012. Their lone previous home win this season had come at Rogers Centre, March 9 vs. Sporting KC.
- “The guys are desperate, they love the city, the club, the fans and they want to do that, they want to do it for everyone,” said TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen. “They probably felt a bit more pressure and to just get that one and to get that monkey off the back is big. It’s something we have to build on; we got four points in the last two games now.”
- Andrew Wiedeman made his first appearance in a league game since April 27 and scored his first goal of the season, the third of his career. His first was the game-winner in TFC’s last win at BMO Field.
- “Pretty much one of the few skill sets I offer is finishing,” Wiedeman said. “It is something I have always worked on, so when I am actually in that situation I can execute. Obviously minutes have been hard to come by and it has been kind of a rollercoaster of a season.”
- Said Nelsen: “That is Wiedeman’s major strength, his finishing. To be fair, a lot of players would have tried to blast that. It was a really composed finish and it felt like it was forever before it rolled into the back of the net.”
- Bobby Convey set up both TFC goals, and now has three assists in 10 appearances for the club since his arrival from Sporting KC.
- "I think it’s just games under his belt. When he first came in he really didn’t play much at Kansas City and so your body isn’t really hardened to the 90-minute games,” Nelsen said. “As it would to any person it takes a few game to get your body hardened and now we are seeing Bobby playing like old, like an old Bobby Convey and he was instrumental in both goals.”
- Jeremy Brockie again partnered Justin Braun up top with Robert Earnshaw (hamstring) and Danny Koevermans (fitness) both unavailable. Brockie contributed his third assist of the season.
- Jonathan Osorio scored his fourth goal this season, now leading the club. “I think justice is finally served for us. We’ve been working hard and we’ve come close and we finally turned the tables today. I think we showed good character today. The first half was not our best at all and when we came in at the half we regrouped and we turned it on in the second half,” said Osorio.