The New England Revolution will welcome Toronto FC this Saturday. Here's what you need to know:
1. Toronto hasn't played a home game yet.
With BMO Field once again undergoing renovations, TFC has been forced to start the season on the road. The club is currently 1-2-1 with their sole victory coming against the New York Red Bulls in the first game of the year. Away fixtures are always difficult, let alone navigating a schedule that includes eight straight games in hostile territories. Toronto is used to it, but that doesn't make things any easier. The club went 3-5-0 last season under the same conditions.
2. TFC--which means Sebastian Giovinco--has been shutout in their last two games.
Toronto has suffered back-to-back 1-0 losses, first to Sporting KC and then to the Colorado Rapids. The most startling aspect of this trend is that Giovinco has been kept off the board. Last year's league MVP and Golden Boot winner has the ability to change a game at a moment's notice. The Italian can make something out of nothing and doesn't necessarily need the help of his teammates to score a goal. You have to imagine that TFC and Giovinco will be hungry to end their scoring drought.
3. Jozy Altidore probably doesn't care for Gillette Stadium.
You can call it bad luck or maybe a curse, but for whatever reason Altidore doesn't do well at Gillette Stadium. In May 2015, Altidore played just 21 minutes against the Revs before leaving with a hamstring injury. The forward would spend several weeks nursing the ailment. In August, Altidore returned to Foxborough and this time faced a different problem. In the 39th minute, the US international lost his cool and kicked Jose Goncalves. The play earned Altidore a red card on a night that he donned the captain's armband. Saturday could bring Altidore's first start of the season, but head coach Greg Vanney might want to hold off considering recent history.