This Saturday (4/9) Toronto FC (1-2-1 4pts) will be at Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Revolution (1-1-3 6pts), the match is set to kick off at 4pm et. CSN-NE is the channel, while 98.5 FM and 1570 AM have the radio call. Be sure to call in at (855) 728 7500 for the Sports Hub’s post game show.
TFC are currently just below the red line in 7th place and coming off of back to back shutout losses. The latest coming at the hands of the Rapids. New England on the hand is coming off their 1st win of the 2016 season, a 1-0 result at home versus the New York Red Bulls. Diego Fagundez scored the game winner for the Rev’s with some controversy after the ref decided to not stop play after a Red Bull defender had gone down w/ an injury. The Red Bulls would go onto finish the match w/ only ten men. The Revolution have gone undefeated against TFC in now 7 matches (5-0-2).
New England 2016 Season Summary:
Opened the season away at Houston and played poorly on defense, settling for a draw. Hosted DC in their season opener but the attack came up dry, 0-0 draw. Went to Philly and poor play from Watson, including a red card resulted in a 3-0 loss. Played away at NYC and earned a solid road point. Finally, 3 points at the expense of the Red Bulls in a not so stellar performance otherwise.
Absences: Injuries-Questionable Darrious Barnes (NE) and Tsubasa Endoh (TFC)
Out-Clement Simonin (TFC)
Suspended-Benoit Cheyrou (TFC)
MLS TFC NER
This Sunday, 9/13 on national television the New England Revolution will try to do what no team in the Eastern Conference and only one team in the West has done all season long, win a 5th consecutive match. In the last four games the Rev’s have burned through TFC, Houston, Philly, and Orlando. Scoring nine goals while conceding only 1 in the process. Kickoff at BMO Field in Toronto is set for 5:00pm, with ESPN2 bringing the action.
Toronto enter the match having lost to Seattle and are 3-3 in their last six, while New England are undefeated in as many games. TFC stand in 5th place, just three points behind 4th place New England but with a game in hand at 26 games played. This will be the 3rd meeting between the clubs this MLS season but the 1st in Canada. TFC was able to get a road point at Gillette Stadium back on May 16th thanks to a wonderful, penetrating run by none other than Michael Bradley (View Here). The Rev’s took all three point in the last match on August 1st with goals from both Lee Nguyen and Charlie Davies. Davies is New England’s top goal threat with nine on the year while Giovinco, who is questionable for the match, leads the reds with 17. The Atomic Ant’s abductor is still not at 100% from an injury back on 8/29. Despite New England’s great form entering the match there is a bright note for TFC (aside from the 22 million dollar pay roll), the Revolution are tied for the 3rd worst road goal differential in the league. Toronto are a healthy +10 at the renovated BMO Field on the other hand. Despite the Revolutions lack luster road numbers, head coach Vanney will be well aware of New England key players and the threat posed. Diego Fagundez for example has scored in 2 straight and Lee Nguyen had a three assist night in his last outing. Juan Agudelo has scored off the bench in 2 of the last 3, providing a dangerous option for Jay Heaps and company in the later stages. TFC have just four wins against New England in 22 meetings, weather aside the challenge is obvious for an aspiring playoff team. If TFC want to be considered a threat in the East they must find a way to defeat the reigning, defending, and in form conference champion New England side.
Ref; Toledo – 72 Reds and 74 Pk’s in 203 games
YC watch: NE-Jones, Woodberry…TFC-Hagglund
In a rare Thursday match last week on national television, the New England Revolution were able to come from behind and beat the Houston Dynamo by a score of 1-2. Lee Nguyen scored both goals for NE (65′,87′) and in the process boosted both his league and team MVP credentials. Giles Barnes scored an unassisted goal for the home side (37′) who were bidding farewell to head coach Dominic Kinnear. Kinnear will be joining the San Jose Earthquakes in their new stadium for the 2015 MLS season after having lead the Dynamo the last nine years. The three points earned for NE gives them 52 on the season heading into their own home finale against Toronto this Saturday. Entering the match NE occupies 2nd place in the Eastern Conference while TFC, who are already eliminated from playoff contention, are in seventh place. NE have five wins in nine attempts all time versus Toronto at Gillette stadium and carry a four game undefeated streak into the match in all competition. Toronto are win less in their last four and will be without Jonathan Osorio, Dwayne De Rosario (suspensions) and Jermain Defoe (groin injury). All indications point toward another victory for the Revolution. However, with their position locked up it’s possible but unlikely that coach Jay Heaps puts out a weak starting eleven. The match is not only on fan appreciation night but also will have a potential home field advantage on the line should the club make the MLS Cup. Should Dallas lose their match and make the final they would have to travel to Gillette Stadium should the Rev’s manage three point versus Toronto. Aside from the large crowd expected on hand and future speculations, coach Heaps may not want to risk tainting the current form of the club by altering his starting eleven too much and thus enabling TFC to escape New England with a moral or psychological victory.