Between Drew Moor’s opener and Sebastian Giovinco’s ender, you could argue the New England Revolution were the better team. The scoreboard however does not care for your eye test.
Toronto FC scored first and left little doubt as they claimed their seventh consecutive home win at BMO Field in a 2-0 victory over the Revs on Friday night.
Moor started things off in the 11th minute when he bundled home a cross to the back post from Tsubasa Endoh. Moor had stayed upfield in the box following a recycled corner kick, and when Endoh was able to get the ball out of his and Je-Vaughn Watson’s feet, it left him open with a free crossing lane the Revs couldn’t close.
Minutes later, Jozy Altidore probably should’ve doubled the lead, instead his close range shot found the boot of Revs keeper Cody Cropper, and the rebound went of Jozy to the endline for a goal kick. At the half hour mark, Altidore seemed to have a good appeal for a penalty after contact with Revs centerback Antonio Delamea but Hilario Grajeda did not point to the spot.
After a poor start that saw Toronto have a 75-25% edge in possession, the Revs did settle in and had their best chance in the first half in the 32nd minute. Juan Agudelo played in Lee Nguyen in the center of the field but the Revs playmaker fired his shot straight at TFC keeper Alex Bono.
The Revs would control the tempo for most of the second half but a sloppy foul in the 57th minute nearly gave Toronto the opportunity they needed to close out the game early. Giovinco’s free kick would’ve gotten past Cropper, but Nguyen was stationed at the near post to head it out of the top corner and keep the deficit at one.
The Revs would see a few decent chances go begging, Juan Agudelo had a shot blocked in the middle of the area in the 66th minute as part of a sustained bit of pressure that featured several corners. Minutes later, London Woodberry’s cross would find substitute Kei Kamara who was wrong footed expecting a deflection and could only half-heartedly redirect the ball wide. Agudelo took a shot from a tight angle in the 70th minute after some nice build up work and a key pass from Kelyn Rowe and ten minutes later Kamara turned and fired wide from the top of the box.
The Revs best chance of the game would come in the 88th minute, as Nguyen found sub Teal Bunbury with a cross from six yards out. Bunbury’s header however was turned aside by Bono at full stretch as the wonderful save kept the TFC lead intact.
In stoppage time however, with the Revs throwing numbers forward, Toronto would catch New England out of position and Giovinco capitalized. A nifty bit of chest control from Victor Vazquez at midfield meant the Reds midfielder was able to find Seba one-on-one with Benjamin Angoua in the Revs half. A nifty cutback move gave Giovinco an angle to tuck a shot into Cropper’s far corner as he and Angoua couldn’t do much about it.
The loss will be compounded by a second half collision that saw Antonio Delamea leave the game in the 80th minute. Both Delamea and Gershon Koffie clashed in an aerial challenge with Delamea seemingly coming off worse with a possible broken nose. Koffie stayed down longer but would re-enter the game, Bunbury entered for Delamea with the Revs chasing the game down a goal.
The final possession edge was 50/50, a nice recovery from the poor opening fifteen minutes from New England. Once again the Revs outshot their opponents 12-9, and once again they were on the wrong end of the shots on target, with TFC holding a 4-3 edge in that category.
The loss keeps the Revs on 20 points with a 5-7-5 record and below the red line in the East in 8th place. The win extends Toronto’s lead over Chicago to four points at the top of the Conference with the Fire playing tomorrow.