Toronto FC's unbeaten run halted in brutal fashion – Sportsnet.ca

• MLS – Toronto FC zero, New England Revolution three (Angoua 17’, Fagundez 66’, Agudelo 85’)

GAME RECAP IN A SENTENCE

Per week after thrashing Columbus with out two of their designated gamers, TFC was once more minus two DPs on Saturday, however this time their depth gamers couldn’t bail them out as their franchise-document unbeaten run got here to an finish.

THE MAIN STORY

Nicely, it needed to finish someday, didn’t it?

Toronto’s eight-sport unbeaten run in MLS was brutally halted on Saturday in New England, a spot the place it has solely gained twice in 13 earlier visits. Not even the return of Sebastian Giovinco, making his fist league begin since Might three, might assist maintain the streak alive.

Coach Greg Vanney was compelled into making 4 modifications from final week’s win over Columbus as a consequence of worldwide absences (Michael Bradley and Sebastian Giovinco), suspension (Marky Delgado) and damage (Tosaint Ricketts). Giovinco additionally got here in for Ben Spencer.

All these modifications, the actual fact this match got here on the finish of a punishing stretch of the schedule, and uncharacteristic erratic defensive play (and never simply from the again three) performed a component in the Reds struggling their heaviest defeat and placing in their poorest efficiency of the season to this point. Aside from a scarcity of ending by the Revolution in the primary half, and a aim by Kelyn Rowe that was incorrectly dominated offside, the harm might have been a lot worse.

Toronto additionally compounded its misfortunes in the primary half when it did not capitalize on a number of scoring possibilities. Victor Vazquez did not bury a header off a cross from Raheem Edwards performed to the far put up, Justin Morrow’s angled shot from in shut hit the woodwork, and Armando Cooper’s lengthy-vary effort clanged off the crossbar.

It’s a sport of small margins typically – Toronto was reminded of that in New England.

KEY MOMENT

66’ GOAL! Toronto zero-2 New England: Up a aim and dictating the tempo of the sport, the Revs doubled their benefit on an incredible play began by Diego Fagundez in his finish of the sphere. The New England speedster went on a run down the center, after which slipped Juan Agudelo on aim, earlier than receiving a return move and beating TFC goalkeeper Alex Bono with a shot from simply contained in the field. Fagundez’s strike marked the primary time the Reds trailed by two objectives in a sport this season. There was no means again for Toronto after that.

TALKING POINT

Would issues have been any totally different for Toronto with Altidore and Bradley?
It was recommended to me by a number of folks on Twitter that one of many principal the explanation why TFC misplaced this sport was as a result of they launched their two DPs to play for the U.S. towards Venezuela in a pleasant on Saturday evening. That’s harsh, and such criticism misses the mark by far. Little doubt they're key figures for the Reds, who might’ve badly used Bradley’s steely presence in midfield and Altidore partnering Giovinco up entrance. However the absence of their two American stars was the least of TFC’s issues on this evening.

Defensively, this was a poor outing by Toronto, with Chris Mavinga and Drew Moor uncovered by New England’s velocity on multiple event. Benoit Cheyrou and Victor Vazquez had off nights, with the Frenchman unable to correctly protect the again three, and Vazquez sloppy in possession at occasions. The assault was additionally far too slender, and lacked width – too many occasions Toronto tried to go proper down the center, as an alternative of spreading the play out to the flanks.

QUICK TAKE

The bye week couldn’t have come at a greater time for Toronto, who don’t return to MLS motion till June 17 after they host D.C. United. The Reds are coming off a busy Might that noticed them play eight video games throughout two competitions, with their roster depth examined and taxed. TFC is dealing with one other gruelling 5-games-in-two-weeks stretch after this break, which can enable them to relaxation up, give guys an opportunity to heal and recuperate from small niggling accidents. They want this day without work to relaxation and mentally reset after what has been an extremely busy first three months of the season.

STANDOUT STAT

New England is now unbeaten in 11 consecutive house video games, a streak that dates again to final August and has seen the Revolution outscore their opponents 29-7.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Juan Agudelo, New England: Discuss being an impression sub! The younger ahead entered the sport in the 61st minute and helped bolster a Revolution assault that was already inflicting TFC loads of issues. 5 minutes after stepping onto the pitch, Agudelo went on a run down the center earlier than holding up the ball and establishing Diego Fagundez, who made it 2-zero for the Revs. Then in damage time, Agudelo was in the appropriate place on the proper time as he headed house after Fagundez hit the crossbar in consecutive makes an attempt.

Sportsnet's Soccer Central podcast (that includes James Sharman, Thomas Dobby, Brendan Dunlop, and John Molinaro) takes an in-depth take a look at the attractive sport and affords well timed and considerate evaluation on the game's largest points.

Let's spread the love!