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