TORONTO – Lee Nguyen scored after just two minutes and the New England Revolution never looked back en route to a 3-0 win over Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto. Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe each had a goal and an assist in the victory while Teal Bunbury added a second half tally to give New England its second straight victory and extend the club’s unbeaten streak to three games. The Revs are now tied with TFC and Columbus for third place in the Eastern Conference with 33 points.
New England (10-12-3, 33 pts.) entered the game in the midst of a five-game road losing streak but were able to take a 1-0 lead inside the game’s opening 90 seconds. Lee Nguyen intercepted an errant pass from Toronto defender Mark Bloom and hit a low, right-footed shot into the net from nearly 25 yards out to put New England in front. The goal was Nguyen’s team-best 10th of the season and fourth in the last five games.
The Revolution were able to double their lead 19 minutes later with Nguyen again playing a role. Kelyn Rowe intercepted an errant pass from TFC defender Bradley Orr and played the ball forward to Nguyen. The Revolution midfielder cleverly returned the pass to Rowe who skipped past Michael Bradley in midfield and fired a shot past Toronto FC goalkeeper Joe Bendik from 30 yards out to make the score 2-0.
Just before the hour mark, the Revolution closed out the scoring with Teal Bunbury, who was born an hour away in Hamilton, Ontario, scoring his third of the season. Rowe again started the attack, pouncing on a loose ball near midfield. The third-year midfielder raced past Toronto’s Collen Warner and played a pass forward to Charlie Davies behind the TFC defense. Bendik raced off his line to close down Davies’ angle, but the Revolution forward calmly squared a pass across the face of goal for Bunbury to pass into the open net, giving the Revs a 3-0 lead.
Bobby Shuttleworth finished the game with three saves, including a diving stop off Jonathan Osorio in the 61st minute, to earn his second straight clean sheet and help the Revs record a shutout on the road for the first time this season.
With the Revs comfortably leading midway through the second half, newly acquired midfielder Jermaine Jones came on for his Revolution and MLS debut, replacing Daigo Kobayashi. The U.S. National Team star was acquired by the Revolution as a Designated Player on Sunday and began training with the club on Tuesday.
Jones will have the chance to make his home debut for the Revolution when the club returns to action on Wednesday, September 3 against the defending MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City. Kickoff for that game is set for 7:30 p.m. and it will be shown live on Comcast SportsNet while 98.5 The Sports Hub will carry the game on the radio.
- 2’ – NE GOAL: Lee Nguyen capitalizes on a giveaway by Toronto defender Mark Bloom and scores from nearly 25 yards out for his 10th goal of the season, giving the Revs a 1-0 lead.| WATCH THE PLAY
- 4’ – YELLOW CARD: New England’s Teal Bunbury is shown a yellow card for a foul on TFC’s Collen Warner.
- 21’ – NE GOAL: Kelyn Rowe intercepts an errant Toronto pass and plays a one-two with Lee Nguyen, then dribbles past a Toronto defender and slams a dipping, right-footed shot past the Toronto goalkeeper from almost 30 yards out to make the score 2-0 in favor of New England.| WATCH THE PLAY
- 31’ – Toronto gets its first good chance of the game but Collen Warner fires just over the bar from distance.| WATCH THE PLAY
- 36’ – YELLOW CARD: New England’s Kelyn Rowe is shown a yellow card for a foul on TFC’s Dominic Oduro.| WATCH THE PLAY
HALFTIME SCORE: New England Revolution 2, Toronto FC 0
- 46’ – Looping header from Jose Goncalves from a Revolution corner kick is touched over the bar by TFC goalkeeper Joe Bendik.| WATCH THE PLAY
- 48’ – YELLOW CARD: New England’s Scott Caldwell is shown a yellow card after pulling back Dominic Oduro.| WATCH THE PLAY
- 58’ – NE GOAL: Teal Bunbury provides the final touch into an open net after a perfectly placed square ball from Charlie Davies. Kelyn Rowe had started the attack, running at the TFC defense before playing in Davies.| WATCH THE PLAY
- 61’ – Bobby Shuttleworth makes his best save of the night for New England, diving to his left to deny Jonathan Osorio.| WATCH THE PLAY
- 65’ – Jermaine Jones comes on for his Revolution and MLS debut, replacing Daigo Kobayashi.
- 82’ – YELLOW CARD: Toronto FC forward Gilberto is shown a yellow card for a foul on Revolution captain Jose Goncalves.| WATCH THE PLAY
FINAL SCORE: New England Revolution 3, Toronto FC 0
M Lee Nguyen – scored his 10th goal of the season and his fifth game-winner while adding an assist in the victory
The Revolution returns home for the first game of a three-game homestand to face the defending MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, September 3. This is the second of three meetings between the sides this season and kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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New England Revolution at Toronto FC
August 30, 2014 – BMO Field (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
New England Revolution 3, Toronto FC 0
NE – Lee Nguyen 10 (Unassisted) 2’
NE – Kelyn Rowe 2 (Lee Nguyen 3) 21’
NE – Teal Bunbury 3 (Charlie Davies 2, Kelyn Rowe 4) 58’
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; Darrius Barnes, Jose Goncalves©, A.J. Soares, Andrew Farrell; Scott Caldwell; Teal Bunbury (Steve Neumann 65’), Lee Nguyen (Diego Fagundez 76’), Daigo Kobayashi (Jermaine Jones 65’), Kelyn Rowe; Charlie Davies.
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Kevin Alston, Tony Taylor, Patrick Mullins.
STATS: Shots 13, Shots on Target 5, Saves 3, Corner Kicks 8, Offsides 0, Fouls 22, Possession 40%, Passes 285 (65%)
Toronto FC: Joe Bendik; Nick Hagglund, Doneil Henry, Bradley Orr, Mark Bloom; Dominic Oduro (Jackson 68’), Michael Bradley©, Collen Warner, Jonathan Osorio (Daniel Lovitz 62’); Luke Moore (Dwayne DeRosario 80’), Gilberto.
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Konopka, Ryan Richter, Kyle Bekker, Bright Dike.
STATS: Shots 14, Shots on Target 3, Saves 2, Corner Kicks 6, Offsides 5, Fouls 13, Possession 60%, Passes 432 (76%)
NE – Teal Bunbury (caution) 4’
NE – Kelyn Rowe (caution) 36’
NE – Scott Caldwell (caution) 47’
TFC – Gilberto (caution) 82’
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Assistant Referees: Phil Briere and Matthew Kreitzer
Fourth Official: Geoof Gamble
Weather: Cloudy, 85 degrees
New England Revolution: 10-12-3, 33 pts.
Toronto FC: 9-9-6, 33 pts.
Additional Game Notes
- With the win, the Revolution improved to 10-12-3 (33 pts.) on the season … the club has now won two consecutive games and is unbeaten in their last three, taking seven points from a possible nine in that time.
- The Revs are the third Eastern Conference team and the seventh in MLS this season to reach 10 wins.
- New England has now won consecutive games for the first time since May 17 and May 24 when it beat Philadelphia on the road and D.C. United at home.
- This was the Revolution’s first win away from Gillette Stadium since May 17 when the club won 5-3 against Philadelphia at PPL Park.
- The Revs have now won two straight games at BMO Field in Toronto after failing to win any of their first seven games at the venue. They are now 7-4-7 all-time against TFC and 2-2-5 in Toronto.
- The two sides will meet for the third and final time this season on Saturday, October 25 when the Revolution host Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium in the regular season finale for both clubs.
- The win moved the Revs’ record to 9-1-1 when scoring the first goal.
- They are also now a perfect 9-0-0 when scoring two or more goals in a game.
- Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made one change to the team that beat Chivas USA 1-0 last weekend with Teal Bunbury returning to the starting lineup in place of Diego Fagundez.
- New signing Jermaine Jones began the game on the bench as one of the club’s seven available substitutes. He would come on for Daigo Kobayashi in the 65th minute.
- Three players were unavailable for the game because of injury; Andy Dorman (R MCL sprain/Disabled List), Shalrie Joseph (R Quad strain) and Chris Tierney (L MCL sprain).
- New England took a 1-0 lead in the second minute when Lee Nguyen scored his team-best 10th goal of the season.
- The goal was Nguyen’s fifth game-winning goal of the season, tying him for the MLS lead and New England is now 7-1-1 in games in which he scores.
- Nguyen’s goal was the Revolution’s fastest goal this season, coming eight minutes quicker than the club’s previous fastest goal, which came on July 30 when Nguyen scored in the 10thminute of a 3-0 win over Colorado.
- Prior to today, the last time the Revolution scored in the second minute or sooner was exactly one year ago on August 30, 2013 when Diego Fagundez scored in the second minute of a 1-1 draw at BMO Field against Toronto FC.
- Kelyn Rowe doubled the New England lead in the 21st minute with his second goal of the season. Lee Nguyen was credited with the assist on the goal.
- Nguyen has assisted on both of Rowe’s goals this season.
- Teal Bunbury scored his third goal of the season in the 58th minute to complete the scoring. This was his first goal since May 17 and his first goal against a Canadian club since 2011.
- Charlie Davies was credited with his second assist of the season on the goal. Davies now has two goals and two assists this season with all coming in the last five games.
- Kelyn Rowe was also credited with an assist on the goal, giving him four on the season. He is now tied with Bunbury, Diego Fagundez and Daigo Kobayashi for the team lead.
- This was the first time since June 2, 2013 that Rowe had a goal and an assist in the same game.
- Bobby Shuttleworth made three saves for his second consecutive shutout and first of the year away from Gillette Stadium. He has now gone 205 minutes without conceding a goal dating back to August 16.
- Steve Neumann made his 16th substitute appearance of the season replacing Teal Bunbury in the 65th minute. He is now tied with D.C. United’s Conor Doyle for the most substitute appearances in MLS this season.