The New England Revolution overwhelmed Toronto FC 3-1 on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium for a crowd of 21,362. It was New England’s second consecutive win, reversing the trend of five straight losses in June and July.
With the win, the Revolution (8-9-7, 31 pts.) rose to fourth in the Eastern Conference and 10th across MLS. Toronto (8-8-4, 28 pts.) fell to fifth in the East and 12th in the Supporters Shield table.
Charlie Davies tallied a brace and Lee Nguyen converted a penalty kick, but Jonathan Osorio spoiled the shutout for the final 3-1 result. The damage could have been worse considering that Toronto was forced to play a man down for the final 51 minutes after TFC captain Jozy Altidore was sent off for kicking Revs’ captain Jose Goncalves.
Davies scored first in the 35th minute, assisted by Chris Tierney and Kelyn Rowe. Rowe now leads New England with six assists while Tierney has four this season and 30 in his career.
“[Kelyn Rowe] is aggressive, he’s hungry, I think that’s the best word for it, he’s hungry, he can read the game,” said head coach Jay Heaps.
Four minutes after Davies’ goal, Altidore was red-carded for stupidly lashing out at Goncalves, giving the Revs a huge advantage. Just before the break, Lee Nguyen converted a penalty after defender Damien Perquis dragged down Rowe. It was Nguyen’s fifth goal of the season.
Davies scored his second goal in the 62nd minute for a 3-0 score by capitalizing on another excellent Tierney free kick into the box. It was Davies’ team-leading ninth goal of the season and his first multi-goal game for the Revs, joining only Rowe in that category this season. Davies finished the game with a game-high four shots, all on goal.
Osorio spoiled goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth’s clean sheet in the 75th minute for the final 3-1 score.
Designated player Jermaine Jones came on as a substitute in the 76th minute to make his first appearance since May 31, when he underwent surgery.
The Revolution next host the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, August 15 at Gillette Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be shown locally on Comcast SportsNet and nationally on MLS LIVE. It will also 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 – Charlie Davies 8 (Kelyn Rowe 6, Chris Tierney 4) 35’
NE – Lee Nguyen 5 (Penalty Kick) 44’
NE – Charlie Davies 9 (Unassisted) 62’
TOR – Jonathan Osorio 1 (Marco Delgado 2) 75’
NE – Jose Goncalves (Yellow Card) 30’
TOR – Robbie Findley (Yellow Card) 34’
TOR – Jozy Altidore (Red Card) 39’
TOR – Ahmed Kantari (Yellow Card) 48’
TOR – Joe Bendik (Yellow Card) 60’
TOR – Damien Perquis (Yellow Card) 61’
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; Jeremy Hall, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves ©, Chris Tierney; Daigo Kobayashi (Jermaine Jones 76’), Scott Caldwell; Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen (Teal Bunbury 65’), Diego Fagundez; Charlie Davies (Juan Agudelo 71’).
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, London Woodberry, Kevin Alston, Steve Neumann.
STATS: Shots 10, Shots on target 7, Saves 1, Corner kicks 4, Offsides 5, Fouls 13, Possession 57.6%, Passes 506 (85.0%)
Toronto FC: Joe Bendik; Jackson, Damien Perquis (Eriq Zavaleta 69’), Ahmed Kantari, Justin Morrow; Benoit Cheyrou (Warren Creavalle 75’), Robbie Findley, Jonathan Osorio, Marco Delgado; Sebastian Giovinco (Jay Chapman 46’), Jozy Altidore © (Sent Off 39’).
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Konopka, Christopher Mannella, Daniel Lovitz, Bright Dike.
STATS: Shots 10, Shots on target 2, Saves 4, Corner kicks 1, Offsides 1, Fouls 14, Possession 42.4%, Passes 375 (78.7%)
Referee: Chris Penso
Assistant Referees: Mike Kampmeinert and Eric Weisbrod
Fourth Official: Alan Kelly