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New England Revolution vs. Toronto FC | MLS Match Preview

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION vs TORONTO FC

GILLETTE STADIUM, Foxborough, Mass.

May 25, 2013 (WEEK 13, MLS Game #115)
7:30 p.m. ET (CSN-NE; SNet One)

The New England Revolution return home looking to build upon a quality win, when they play host to Toronto FC on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution are aiming to win back-to-back games for the first time this season, back home after a 2-0 win at the Houston Dynamo last weekend. Toronto FC hit the road after having their latest losing skid extended to four games last weekend in a 1-0 home loss to the Columbus Crew.

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REFEREE: Ismail Elfath. AR1 (bench): Craig Lowry; AR2 (opposite): Matthew Kreitzer; 4th: Silviu Petrescu
MLS Career: 12 games; FC/gm: 24.5; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 4; pens: 6

DISABLED LIST: NE: Kevin Alston … TOR: Danny Koevermans
SUSPENDED: NE: Dimitry Imbongo (through May 26)
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (13 meetings): Revolution 4 wins, 22 goals … Toronto FC 3 wins, 15 goals … Ties 6
AT NEW ENGLAND (7 meetings): Revolution 4 wins, 14 goals … Toronto FC 1 win, 4 goals … Ties 2
RETURN MATCHES: 8/4: New England Revolution vs. Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m. ET; 8/30: Toronto FC vs. New England Revolution, 7 p.m. ET

LAST YEAR (MLS):
6/23: TOR 2, NE 2 (Koevermans 4; Johnson 42 – Brettschneider 71; Tierney 94+)
7/14: NE 0, TOR 1 (Silva 8)

  • The Revolution have not defeated Toronto FC in five matches, since a 4-1 win April 10, 2010 at Gillette Stadium. TFC has won two of the five games since, including a 1-0 win at Gillette Stadium in the last meeting last July 14.
  • 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: P2 W0 L1 D1 … Ryan Nelsen v NE: first game

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
The New England Revolution ended their winless run at three games, going to BBVA Compass Stadium and coming away with a rare 2-0 victory against the Dynamo, on Saturday evening. The Revolution are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with 13 points from 11 matches.

LAST MATCH

  • Both teams were a man down before the first half was over. On a Revolution free kick, Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell and Revolution forward Dimitry Imbongo tangled, and referee Edvin Jurisevic reached for the red card and sent off both players.
  • The Revs took the lead six minutes into the second half. Diego Fagundez played a nifty give-and-go with Clyde Simms before making a weaving run into the penalty area and tucking his ensuing shot inside the near post for the opener.
  • New England hit for a second six minutes from the field. With the Dynamo caught with numbers forward trying to find the equalizer, Chris Tierney found Juan Agudelo on the left side of the area. He tried to corral a deflected pass, deflecting it off the Dynamo's Ricardo Clark and over the goal line before it could be cleared.
  • Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made two changes to the team that reached a 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium. Darrius Barnes came into the back four for Chris Tierney, Clyde Simms started in the midfield in place of Kalifa Cisse, and Juan Toja came into the side in place of Kelyn Rowe.
  • NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-1-3-2): Bobby Shuttleworth - Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, Stephen McCarthy, Darrius Barnes - Clyde Simms - Juan Toja (Scott Caldwell 63), Lee Nguyen, Ryan Guy (Juan Agudelo 35) - Diego Fagundez (Chris Tierney 75), Dimitry Imbongo (sent off 40).

TEAM NEWS

  • The Revolution won for the first time since April 27, and recorded their second victory this season on the road (winning the season opener at Chicago). The Revolution have recorded six defensive shutouts this season, winning three.
  • “We scored the second goal, that always helps,” Revolution head coach Jay Heaps said. “[Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth] had to make a couple of saves. You have to credit Houston. They never give up. In this place, they're very hard to beat. We had to answer defensively on a couple of plays, but players stepped up and did a nice job.”
  • “There’s a lot of momentum right now getting toward the middle of the season, playoffs getting closer and closer,” said Juan Agudelo. “It’s huge to win this away game. There’s a couple home games coming up and hopefully we can make a push to be on top of the league.”
  • When Ryan Guy was forced off after a half-hour because of an injury to his left calf, Agudelo made his Revolution debut.
  • “I thought Juan was great. I thought Juan did a nice job of holding the ball. He was getting grabbed and pulled and pushed and he didn’t lose his focus and held on for some good plays. Not only that but he kept it for us in some really tight spots, difficult areas. Just excited to have him out there and doing well for us,” said Heaps.
  • There was another forced change with Dimitry Imbongo was sent off, along with Dynamo’s Ricardo Clark, just before halftime.
  • “We just had to shift,” Heaps said. “When Demi goes out, Juan Agudelo, he's such a versatile player, we were able to shift him up top. We were able to move Juan Toja out wide. For us, we didn't have to maneuver as much as they did by taking Ricardo Clark out of midfield. We were a little bit more balanced in what we were able to do without changing too much of our game plan.”
  • Diego Fagundez scored for a second consecutive match and his third in the last five games. His three goals this season are a single-season career-high, in his third MLS campaign.
  • Clyde Simms returned to the Revolution lineup for the first time since April 13, after having missed five matches, and played the entire 90 minutes in a holding midfield role.
  • “Clyde was awesome tonight,” said Heaps. “He ran as hard as he could, as fast as he could the entire match. You take your hat off to a player like that. He hasn’t played 90 in a while. We were just excited to get him in this type of game. The idea was to really high pressure and try to win the ball a lot in midfield. Clyde did an excellent job of that.”

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TORONTO FC
Toronto FC saw their winless run stretched to nine games with a fourth consecutive loss, falling 1-0 to the Columbus Crew on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field. TFC sit in a tie for eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 7 points from 11 matches.

LAST MATCH

  • The game's lone goal came in the 42nd minute. Federico Higuaín sent a pinpoint pass that split the TFC defense and Dominic Oduro ran onto it before lashing home a low shot from just inside the area to beat goalkeeper Joe Bendik.
  • Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum was called upon to make three saves in keeping the clean sheet.
  • TFC boss Ryan Nelsen made one change to the team that fell 2-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. Steven Caldwell came into the back four in place of Logan Emory.
  • TORONTO FC (4-4-1-1): Joseph Bendik - Ryan Richter, Doneil Henry, Steven Caldwell, Darren O'Dea - Reggie Lambe (Jeremy Brockie 64), Matias Laba, Jeremy Hall (Jonathan Osorio 57), Justin Braun (Bobby Convey 46) - Luis Silva - Robert Earnshaw.

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TEAM NEWS

  • Toronto FC had their winless streak extended to nine games, their fourth consecutive defeat. TFC now 1-16-8 in its last 25 MLS games, dating back to last July 28.
  • “Obviously, we have come out the wrong end of it again,” said Darren O’Dea. “It seems like it was like a lot of games this season where we could have won the game. We play better than teams but do not come out on the right side of the score line.”
  • Steven Caldwell made his MLS and TFC debut, coming into central defense alongside Doneil Henry, with Darren O’Dea shifting to a fullback spot.
  • “The reason there is changes obviously because of injuries and because we are not winning games. You can’t complain that the team is changing and the managers need to keep trying to improve the team and it’s quite obvious we need to improve the team,” said O’Dea. “If you are winning games week in and week out you can complain if the team is getting chopped and changed but when you are losing games you have to live with that and we need to get together and stick together and believe in what we are doing.”
  • “The impact this week has already been seen around the club,” said assistant coach Fran O’Leary. “He’s a very intelligent man, a very humble man and he’s been a great mentor already to our young players. I think we will see big value with Steven both on the pitch but also with helping out the young guys.”
  • Two other recent acquisitions made their Toronto FC debuts. Bobby Convey, picked up from Sporting KC in a trade, came in on the right side of midfield at halftime.
  • “I’m glad I got to play a little bit,” Convey said. “I’m going to be a little rusty after not playing for two months. So hopefully that was a start and we can build up from here. It’s just the first game and I don’t really know everybody’s name yet. Over the next few weeks, I will get involved with the players more and really get more involved with the team.”
  • Jeremy Brockie also made his MLS debut, at the other wide midfield spot, coming on in the 64th minute.
  • There could be one more major addition to the team as striker Danny Koevermans came through a reserve match for the club and could be available soon.
  • “He looked good in training. He’s about two or three weeks away. We had a closed door game for him which he came through in and scored,” said O’Leary. “He is a quality player, a fantastic player. When you look at other DPs in the league some have come in with a bigger name than Danny Koevermans but few have produced as much as him. His goal scoring rate in this league is prolific. He has worked his tail off to get back into shape.”