Revs Down Toronto FC In Convincing Home Win
The New England Revolution took another step closer to fully recovering from their summer dry spell on Saturday, as they defeated Toronto FC, 3-1, in front of a home crowd of 21,362.
Toronto was missing key field general Michael Bradley to an injury, but their attacking players--namely Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco--pose a significant threat in their own right. New England’s defense turned in an excellent performance in negating this threat.
In the 25th minute, Charlie Davies won a free kick near the top of the box. Chris Tierney whipped the kick across the net for Kelyn Rowe to deflect into Davies’ sliding foot, and he poked the ball past TFC keeper Joe Bendik to make the score 1-0 in favor of New England.
The momentum swung even more in favor of the Revs when Altidore kicked Jose Gonçalves in unsportsmanlike fashion in the 39th minute. Altidore was sent off, and Toronto was suddenly down to ten men with a goal disadvantage.
New England kept pressing, and in the 44th minute Kelyn Rowe won a penalty kick which Lee Nguyen rocketed past Bendik (who had chosen the wrong side to dive, anyway), to put the score at 2-0.
Toronto seemed to settle into a defensive style of play in the second half, as Giovinco was subbed off, sacrificing their most potent threat. Their defense held the Revolution at bay for quite some time, until Davies found the back of the net again in the 62nd minute, finishing another Tierney-delivered set piece in front of the net.
TFC was not going to allow the Revs to record a clean sheet, however. Jonathan Osorio found a moment’s opportunity in the 75th minute as he struck home a pinpoint-accurate low shot into the bottom right corner from twenty yards out to make the score 3-1.
New England maintained the two-goal lead for the rest of the match. Star defensive midfielder Jermaine Jones returned in what could eventually be seen as the turning point in the season as the Revs look to challenge for the Eastern Conference title moving forward. The Revolution return to the field in two weeks when they face the Houston Dynamo at home.