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Revolution 3, Toronto FC 0: Goals rain down for Revs in sweet home win

A complete team performance helped the Revs shut down top-ranked TFC.

MLS: Toronto FC at New England Revolution Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Playing for the third time in eight days, the Revolution cruised to a 3-0 win over Toronto FC on Saturday night, riding goals from Benjamin Angoua, Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo to a convincing home victory.

In the first half, the Revs immediately got off on the front foot, using a high press to rattle Toronto’s back three. Unable to maintain possession—or string more than a few passes together at a time—the Reds conceded a handful of goal-scoring chances in the first 15 minutes.

The Revs took advantage in the 18th minute, when Angoua buried a free header off a well-placed corner from Lee Nguyen. The goal, Angoua’s first of his career, continued a streak of strong attacking starts for the Revolution.

The match opened up shortly after the go-ahead goal, with Justin Morrow clanking a close-range shot off the far post in the 24th minute. Toronto proceeded to pick up its attacking tempo for the remainder of the first half, with the most promising chance coming off a deep strike from Armando Cooper. His shot ricocheted off the crossbar, putting an end to another promising chance for the visitors.

The Revs responded to Toronto’s increased pace by continuing to connect on deep vertical runs. In the final 15 minutes of the first half, chances went begging for Fagundez and Kei Kamara before Kelyn Rowe finished a clever diagonal ball from Fagundez. To Rowe’s displeasure, the assistant referee waived off the goal, believing Rowe made his run from an offside position.

Replay refuted the call, though Rowe’s protest ultimately went for not, as the Revs ended a busy first half with a 1-0 advantage.

The second half proceeded with with familiar pace. But while Greg Vanney’s team showed flashes of attacking chemistry, it ultimately struggled to link attacking passes together.

In the 66th minute, the Revs again took advantage of Toronto’s sluggish play. Just moments after entering the match, Agudelo held up play just outside the box and fed Fagundez with a simple square ball. The Uruguayan midfielder curled a shot into the back of the net to double the Revs’ lead.

Unlike the first half, the Reds failed to muster up a strong attacking response, and the Revs continued to push numbers forward.

This decision paid off in the 86th minute, when Agudelo scored a goal of his own on the heels of a wild passage of play. Alone in front of goal, the Colombian-born forward played another simple square ball to Fagundez, who had his shot partially deflected by Bono. The rebound bounced off the crossbar—then struck the crossbar again—before dropping to Agudelo, who tucked a header into an open net.

The close-range finish capped a dominant victory for the Revs, who have now gone 11 straight without a loss at Gillette Stadium. With the international break ahead, the Revolution will hit the field next on June 14, when the club hosts the Rochester Rhinos for a fourth-round U.S. Open Cup match.