FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Luis Silva scored the only goal of the game in the eighth minute and goalkeeper Milos Kocic made four saves to maintain the clean sheet as the New England Revolution suffered a 1-0 loss to Toronto FC on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
Silva’s goal was his second in as many games and came at the end of a quality buildup which also involved Reggie Lambe and Danny Koevermans, with the rookie midfielder finishing from the top of the box.
Although the Revs (6-8-4, 22 pts.) maintained a significant edge in possession throughout the match and registered 15 shots in a frantic second half, they couldn’t find the equalizer and as a result saw their five-game unbeaten run come to an end. Toronto FC (4-11-4, 16 pts.), meanwhile, has now won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Fernando Cardenas replaced the suspended Kelyn Rowe on the right wing, but the Revolution’s lineup remained otherwise unchanged following last weekend’s 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls, including a second straight start for goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.
The starting lineup didn’t remain intact for long, however, as center back Stephen McCarthy was forced off with concussion-like symptoms following a collision in just the sixth minute and was replaced by Shalrie Joseph.
Just two minutes later Toronto FC made the breakthrough, scoring through Silva. Clever footwork from Lambe opened up the Revolution’s backline and a one-two with Koevermans sent Silva into the box where he finished low inside the right post.
After taking the lead, Toronto continued to press for a second and threatened on a pair of occasions in the following minutes. Koevermans – ultimately forced out with an injury shortly before halftime – had only Shuttleworth to beat in the 14th minute but pushed his shot wide, while Ryan Johnson forced Shuttleworth into a smart save at the near post in the 31st minute.
Despite maintaining 64 percent of the possession in the first half, the Revs managed just one shot on target and responded by bringing on Honduran forward Jerry Bengtson following the halftime break. The move seemed to spark the Revs, who had Lee Nguyen through on goal in the 51st minute only for TFC defender Richard Eckersley to recover late to block the shot.
Nguyen turned provider in the 64th minute and slipped Benny Feilhaber into the left side of the box, but Kocic got down well at his near post to stop Feilhaber’s low drive. Kocic came up big twice more in the closing stages, diving to his left to palm away Clyde Simms’ service which bounced through the box in the 82nd minute and going to his right to save Bengtson’s powerful header from a Chris Tierney corner kick two minutes later.
The Revs had one final chance during the seven allotted minutes of stoppage time, but Nguyen’s curling free kick from 25 yards bent harmlessly wide of the near post.
After playing three straight at home the Revs will now hit the road for three straight, beginning with a first-ever visit to Stade Saputo for an 8 p.m. meeting with the expansion Montreal Impact on Wednesday, July 18.
New England Revolution vs. Toronto FC
July 14, 2012 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
Toronto FC 1, New England Revolution 0
TFC – Luis Silva (Danny Koevermans) 8
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, A.J. Soares, Stephen McCarthy (Shalrie Joseph 6), Kevin Alston, Lee Nguyen, Clyde Simms ©, Benny Feilhaber, Fernando Cardenas (Diego Fagundez 72), Blake Brettschneider (Jerry Bengtson 46), Saer Sene
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Reis, Darrius Barnes, Ryan Guy, Flo Lechner
STATS: Shots 18, Shots on Target 4, Corner Kicks 13, Saves 3, Fouls 5, Offsides 0, Passes Completed (percentage) 496 (78.6%), Possession 65.5%
Toronto FC: Milos Kocic, Doneil Henry, Richard Eckersley, Logan Emory, Ashtone Morgan, Reggie Lambe (Aaron Maund 69) Terry Dunfield, Torsten Frings ©,Luis Silva (Matt Stinson 90), Danny Koevermans (Andrew Wiedeman 41) Ryan Johnson
Substitutes Not Used: Quillan Roberts, Eric Avila, Dicoy Williams
STATS: Shots 9, Shots on Target 4, Corner Kicks 4, Saves 4, Fouls 15, Offsides 2, Passes Completed (percentage) 268 (60.8%), Possession 34.5%
* Note that all statistics are unofficial
TFC – Reggie Lambe (caution) 28
NE – Shalrie Joseph (caution) 84
TFC – Terry Dunfield 84
TFC – Ashtone Morgan 93+
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Assistant Referees: Paul Scott, Kevin Klinger
Fourth Official: Niko Bratsis
Weather: Clear and 88 degrees
New England Revolution: 6-8-4 (22 pts.)
Toronto FC (4-11-4, 16 pts.)
- Despite the loss, New England still leads the all-time, regular-season series between the Revs and Toronto FC, 4-3-6 ... the loss snapped the Revs’ undefeated (4-0-2) record against Toronto at Gillette Stadium that dated back to 2007
- With the loss, Toronto captured the regular-season series victory for the second time in the all-time series and their first since 2009 … that season, Toronto defeated New England, 3-1, on May 23 before a 1-1 draw on Aug. 1
- The loss snapped New England’s five-game unbeaten streak (2-0-3), dating back to June 2 against Chicago … the streak was the team’s first five-game unbeaten streak since 2008
- The defeat also ended the Revs’ seven-game home unbeaten streak (4-0-3) which dated back to May 2 against Colorado … the seven-game home unbeaten streak was the club’s longest of the season
- The loss was just the second defeat at Gillette Stadium this year and first since April 14 … the Revs are now 5-2-3 at home in 2012
- After a four-game unbeaten streak (2-0-2) against the Eastern Conference dating back to June 2, the loss dropped the Revs to 2-5-3 overall against the East this year
- The 1-0 result marked the sixth time the Revs have been shut out this season and the first time since the scoreless draw against Columbus on June 16
- Clyde Simms wore the captain’s armband for the second consecutive game … Simms was named captain of the match for the first time as a member of the Revolution in the July 8 match against New York
- Bobby Shuttleworth made his second consecutive start of the season as a coach’s decision … Shuttleworth started the final three games of the 2011 season while Matt Reis was out with an injury
- The start tonight for Blake Brettschneider marked his 10th consecutive appearance dating back to May 5 at Real Salt Lake … in that span, Brettschneider has scored two goals and recorded one assist in seven starts
- Shalrie Joseph replaced Stephen McCarthy in the sixth minute after McCarthy came off with concussion-like symptoms … Joseph has now come off the bench in two consecutive games
- The Revs attempted a season-high 13 corner kicks tonight … the team’s previous season-high for corner kicks was seven on June 2 against Chicago
- The Revs’ 15 fouls suffered tonight marked the ninth consecutive game – dating back to May 5 at Salt Lake – that the Revs have suffered 14 fouls or more in a match