Revolution vs. Toronto 2013: Match Preview and Notes

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

The Revolution are going to square off against Eastern Conference bottom-feeders Toronto at Gillette tonight. The two clubs have a pretty even record since the Canadians joined the league in 2007, but recent results have not gone the Revs' way.

The New England Revolution have to take on Toronto FC tonight at Gillette Stadium it what could easily be billed as a trap game. TFC have been abysmal so far in 2013, but they are far from an untalented team, and the Revs haven't beaten the Reds since the home opener in 2010.

The all-time series is nearly even between the two clubs, with the Revs holding a slight edge at 4-3-6. The home record is 4-1-2, which speaks in the Revs' favor, but in New England's last two matches against Toronto at home - a loss and a draw - the Revs haven't scored a goal.

It's also going to be an interesting game because Jay Heaps will be missing a number of players through injury, as well as Dimitry Imbongo due to suspension. The lineup shuffle that's sure to follow could leave the Revs with some serious vulnerability.

REVOLUTION INJURY REPORT

OUT: Kevin Alston (Disabled List, Illness), Ryan Guy (L Calf Strain), Stephen McCarthy (L Achilles Strain)
QUESTIONABLE: Kelyn Rowe (R Calf Tightness), Clyde Simms (R MCL Sprain), A.J. Soares (R Hamstring Strain)

TORONTO INJURY REPORT

DISABLED LIST: Danny Koevermans (L ACL Repair)
UNCATEGORIZED: Richard Eckersley (L Hamstring), Darel Russell (R Hamstring Strain), Terry Dunfield (L Knee Sprain), Logan Emory (R Ankle Sprain)

SUSPENSIONS

Dimitry Imbongo (Red Card Suspension)

TEAM NOTES

  • New England leads the all-time, regular-season series between the two clubs, 4-3-6
  • The Revs are 4-1-2 against Toronto at Gillette Stadium in seven regular-season games
  • Saturday's match is the first of three meetings between the two clubs this season...TFC returns to Gillette Stadium on August 4 before the teams end the series - and month - on August 30 at BMO Field
  • Toronto won the season series in 2012, posting a 1-0-1 record and earned its first win at Gillette Stadium in club history
  • Six out of the 13 matches between the two teams have ended in a draw
  • The Revs have out-scored TFC, 22-15, in their 13 previous meetings
  • Both teams have shutout the opponent three times in the all-time regular-season series
  • In home games against Toronto, the Revs have averaged 2.00 goals per game while Toronto has averaged 0.57 goals per game at Gillette Stadium
  • The Revolution and TFC have never met outside the MLS regular season

PLAYER NOTES

  • Andy Dorman rudely welcomed Toronto into MLS in 2007...the midfielder has three goals in three career games against TFC
  • Juan Agudelo has scored twice in two games against Toronto, both goals coming as a member of the New York Red Bulls
  • Chad Barrett has one career goal and assist against the Reds as a member of the Chicago Fire
  • Chris Tierney has one goal and two assists in seven career appearances against Toronto after adding a 94th-minute equalizer in the teams' earlier meeting on June 23...Tierney's first two career assists were recorded at BMO Field against Toronto FC: on Aug. 23, 2008 and May 23, 2009
  • Clyde Simms recorded two assists against TFC while a member of D.C. United
  • Matt Reis is 3-1-4 with a 1.13 goals against average and three shutouts in eight career games against Toronto
  • Bobby Shuttleworth has seen action against the Reds twice, posting a 0-1-1 record with a 1.50 goals against average

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TV: CSN New England, 7:30 PM EST
RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub, 7:30 PM EST

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