After allowing ten goals in two games, the New England Revolution recorded 2-1 win over league-leading Toronto FC.
Toronto’s Tosaint Ricketts appeared to score a goal in the 23rd minute but the striker was deemed offside. Ricketts threatened the Revs’ net three minutes later, but Cody Cropper was there to make an outstretched save.
Michael Bradley was the center of attention in the 33rd and 35th minutes. First, the U.S. National Team midfielder made a hard tackle to stop a Diego Fagundez break away. Soon after Bradley played a hospital ball that Teal Bunbury intercepted. The Revs attacker teed up a shot that was blocked by Clint Irwin.
Neither team could find a breakthrough as the game was 0-0 at halftime.
Fagundez had a good chance to grab the game’s opening goal after Kei Kamara forced a turnover and played the ball forward. Fagundez raced towards the net only to be denied by the opposing keeper.
Lee Nguyen got the game’s opening goal in the 82nd minute with a left-footed shot that deflected off a Toronto defender. Chris Tierney pulled the strings, playing a through ball that put Nguyen in space.
Toronto brought the game back to level terms in the 84th minute when Nicolas Hasler finished a Bradley feed. The goal was a thing of beauty that left Cropper without a chance.
The Revs regained the lead three minutes later on a short corner. Tierney played Nguyen, whose cross found the head of Kamara.
The Revs will be satisfied with three points and will now head to Orlando for a Wednesday night meeting.