The New England Revolution defeated Toronto FC 3-1 on the road at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont., on Sunday evening for a crowd of 20,257. TFC’s Sebastian Giovinco was amazing as usual, but the New England defense threw all they had at him and prevented the tiny, brilliant goalscorer from finding the back of the net. The Revolution extended their winning streak to five games and their unbeaten streak to seven at a time in the season when every point counts.
The Revolution (12-9-7, 43 pts.) now stand fourth in the Eastern Conference and seventh in the Supporters’ Shield standings. Toronto (11-12-4, 37 pts.) slipped to fifth in the East and 12th overall and their playoff dreams could vanish if they don’t step up their game.
The Revolution were gifted an own goal by Toronto FC defender Damien Perquis in just the fourth minute to give New England a 1-0 lead. The visitors doubled their lead to 2-0 shortly before the half when Diego Fagundez scored his third goal in as many games, assisted by Lee Nguyen. It was Fagundez’s fifth goal of the season and ninth assist for Nguyen. Toronto’s Robbie Findley Toronto FC spoiled the shutout early in the second half, assisted by Justin Morrow, to make it 2-1.
In the 71st minute, hotshot substitute Kelyn Rowe scored his fifth goal of the season – the 20th of his career – for the final score of 3-1. Rowe calmly dispossessed U.S. international Michael Bradley at the top of the penalty area and then lobbed the ball past goalkeeper Chris Konopka, assisted again by Nguyen, who has now contributed 10 assists for the Revolution this season. That’s five assists for Nguyen in his last two games and that kind of cleverness is just in time for the playoffs. This was Nguyen’s second consecutive multi-assist game and the fourth of his career.
Rowe has now scored five or more goals in each of his last three seasons with the Revs. Tenacious Rowe now has 20 career goals and is the seventh player in Revolution history with 20 goals and 20 assists, joining Taylor Twellman, Steve Ralston, Shalrie Joseph, Joe-Max Moore, Lee Nguyen, and Pat Noonan.
Teal Bunbury made his first start since July 25 and since then has come off the bench in the last four games. Former TFC defender Jeremy Hall made his seventh consecutive start at right back. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made his 100th regular-season appearance.
Jermaine Jones was punished with his fifth yellow card of the season for a foul on inconsistent Jozy Altidore and will be suspended for tonight’s game versus New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium. Jones is the second Revs player suspended for yellow card accumulation, along with Andy Dorman.
The Revolution next host the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET. That game will be shown locally on Comcast SportsNet and nationally on MLS LIVE. It will be available locally on the radio, in English on 98.5 The Sports Hub and on WMVX 1570 AM Nossa Radio USA in Portuguese.
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NE – Own Goal (Damien Perquis) 4’
NE – Diego Fagundez 5 (Lee Nguyen 9) 39’
TOR – Robbie Findley 2 (Justin Morrow 2) 55’
NE – Kelyn Rowe 5 (Lee Nguyen 10) 71’
NE – Jermaine Jones (Yellow Card) 27’
TOR – Robbie Findley (Yellow Card) 51’
NE – Andrew Farrell (Yellow Card) 59’
NE – Kelyn Rowe (Yellow Card) 63’
TOR – Ahmed Kantari (Yellow Card) 74’
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; Jeremy Hall, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves, Chris Tierney; Scott Caldwell, Jermaine Jones © (Daigo Kobayashi 81’); Teal Bunbury (Kelyn Rowe 62’), Lee Nguyen, Diego Fagundez; Charlie Davies (Juan Agudelo 68’).
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, London Woodberry, Kevin Alston, Steve Neumann.
STATS: Shots 7, Shots on target 3, Saves 3, Corner kicks 2, Offsides 1, Fouls 18, Possession 39.8%, Passes 346 (70.8%)
Toronto FC: Chris Konopka; Josh Williams, Damien Perquis (Herculez Gomez 77’), Ahmed Kantari, Justin Morrow; Marco Delgado, Michael Bradley ©, Jonathan Osorio; Robbie Findley, Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore.
Substitutes Not Used: Joe Bendik, Nick Hagglund, Chris Mannella, Benoit Cheyrou, Jay Chapman, Luke Moore.
STATS: Shots 21, Shots on target 5, Saves 1, Corner kicks 8, Offsides 0, Fouls 7, Possession 60.2%, Passes 493 (85.6%)
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistant Referees: Joe Fletcher and James Conlee
Fourth Official: Chris Penso