• MLS – Toronto FC zero, New England Revolution three (Angoua 17’, Fagundez 66’, Agudelo 85’)
GAME RECAP IN A SENTENCE
Every 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
Effectively, 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 received twice in 13 earlier visits. Not even the return of Sebastian Giovinco, making his fist league begin since Might three, might assist preserve the streak alive.
Coach Greg Vanney was pressured into making 4 adjustments from final week’s win over Columbus as a result of worldwide absences (Michael Bradley and Sebastian Giovinco), suspension (Marky Delgado) and harm (Tosaint Ricketts). Giovinco additionally got here in for Ben Spencer.
All these adjustments, 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 an element in the Reds struggling their heaviest defeat and placing in their poorest efficiency of the season to this point. Apart from an absence of ending by the Revolution in the primary half, and a purpose 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 probabilities. Victor Vazquez did not bury a header off a cross from Raheem Edwards performed to the far publish, 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 generally – Toronto was reminded of that in New England.
66’ GOAL! Toronto zero-2 New England: Up a purpose and dictating the tempo of the sport, the Revs doubled their benefit on a terrific 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 purpose, 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 approach again for Toronto after that.
Would issues have been any totally different for Toronto with Altidore and Bradley?
It was recommended to me by just a few folks on Twitter that one of many important explanation why TFC misplaced this sport was as a result of they launched their two DPs to play for the U.S. in opposition to Venezuela in a pleasant on Saturday evening. That’s harsh, and such criticism misses the mark by a long way. 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 pace on a couple of event. Benoit Cheyrou and Victor Vazquez had off nights, with the Frenchman unable to correctly defend the again three, and Vazquez sloppy in possession at occasions. The assault was additionally far too slim, and lacked width – too many occasions Toronto tried to go proper down the center, as a substitute of spreading the play out to the flanks.
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 going through one other gruelling 5-games-in-two-weeks stretch after this break, which is able to enable them to relaxation up, give guys an opportunity to heal and recuperate from small niggling accidents. They want this day off to relaxation and mentally reset after what has been an extremely busy first three months of the season.
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 influence 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 harm 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.
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