FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution claimed their second straight home win, defeating Toronto FC 3-1 on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. Charlie Davies scored twice and Lee Nguyen converted a penalty kick late in the first half to lead the Revs to their best offensive output in more than three months. Toronto FC, who got a late goal from Jonathan Osorio, played the final 51 minutes with just 10 men after Jozy Altidore was sent off late in the first half.
The Revs took the lead in the 35th minute, with Davies scoring his first of the game and his first since June 21. Chris Tierney played a free kick to Kelyn Rowe inside the area and the New England midfielder’s first touch found Davies sliding in at the near post in front of a pair of Toronto FC defenders to prod his shot past TFC goalkeeper Joe Bendik to make the score 1-0 in favor of the Revs.
Toronto were reduced to 10 men four minutes later, when captain Jozy Altidore was shown a straight red card for kicking out at Revs captain Jose Goncalves. Playing up a man, New England doubled its lead just before halftime with Nguyen scoring his third goal in as many games with a 44th-minute penalty kick. Rowe earned the spot kick after he was dragged down by Toronto FC defender Damien Perquis while trying to get on the end of another Tierney free kick. Nguyen stepped up and converted the penalty for his fifth goal of the season, sending the Revs into the break with a 2-0 lead.
New England continued to push forward after the break and scored a third in the 62nd minute when Davies scored his second of the game. Tierney was once again at the center of the Revolution goal, curling a free kick into the center of the box from the right wing. Toronto’s Benoit Cheyrou got the first touch to the ball but could only deflect it as far as Davies, who finished from close range for his team-leading ninth goal of the season. That was Davies’ first multi-goal game in MLS since Sept. 10, 2011 and his first-ever in the regular season as a member of the Revolution.
Toronto pulled a goal back in the 75th minute, when Marky Delgado got free down the right and pulled the ball back for Jonathan Osorio, who hit a low shot past Bobby Shuttleworth to make the score 3-1, which is how the game would finish. Moments after that goal, Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones came on in place of Daigo Kobayashi for his first appearance since May 31.
Full match highlights and statistics can be found here.
Revolution Santander Man of the Match
CHARLIE DAVIES – Scored on either side of halftime to lead the Revs to their second straight home win. This was the first multi-goal game of the season for Davies, who now has a team-best nine goals on the year. He finished the game with a game-high four shots, all of which were on goal, setting a career-high.
The Revolution will be off next weekend before returning to action at home on Saturday, August 15 when they host the Houston Dynamo at Gillette Stadium. That game, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET, will be shown locally on Comcast SportsNet and nationally on MLS LIVE. It will also be available locally on the radio, in English on 98.5 The Sports Hub and on WMVX 1570 AM Nossa Radio USA in Portuguese.
New England Revolution vs. Toronto FC
August 1, 2015 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)
New England Revolution 3, Toronto FC 1
NE – Charlie Davies 8 (Kelyn Rowe 6, Chris Tierney 4) 35’
NE – Lee Nguyen 5 (Penalty Kick) 44’
NE – Charlie Davies 9 (Unassisted) 62’
TOR – Jonathan Osorio 1 (Marco Delgado 2) 75’
NE – Jose Goncalves (Yellow Card) 30’
TOR – Robbie Findley (Yellow Card) 34’
TOR – Jozy Altidore (Red Card) 39’
TOR – Ahmed Kantari (Yellow Card) 48’
TOR – Joe Bendik (Yellow Card) 60’
TOR – Damien Perquis (Yellow Card) 61’
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth; Jeremy Hall, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves ©, Chris Tierney; Daigo Kobayashi (Jermaine Jones 76’), Scott Caldwell; Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen (Teal Bunbury 65’), Diego Fagundez; Charlie Davies (Juan Agudelo 71’).
Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, London Woodberry, Kevin Alston, Steve Neumann.
STATS: Shots 10, Shots on target 7, Saves 1, Corner kicks 4, Offsides 5, Fouls 13, Possession 57.6%, Passes 506 (85.0%)
Toronto FC: Joe Bendik; Jackson, Damien Perquis (Eriq Zavaleta 69’), Ahmed Kantari, Justin Morrow; Benoit Cheyrou (Warren Creavalle 75’), Robbie Findley, Jonathan Osorio, Marco Delgado; Sebastian Giovinco (Jay Chapman 46’), Jozy Altidore © (Sent Off 39’).
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Konopka, Christopher Mannella, Daniel Lovitz, Bright Dike.
STATS: Shots 10, Shots on target 2, Saves 4, Corner kicks 1, Offsides 1, Fouls 14, Possession 42.4%, Passes 375 (78.7%)
Referee: Chris Penso
Assistant Referees: Mike Kampmeinert and Eric Weisbrod
Fourth Official: Alan Kelly
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 76 degrees
New England Revolution: 8-9-7, 31 pts.
Toronto FC: 8-8-4, 28 pts.
Additional Game Notes
- With the win, the Revolution are now 8-9-7 for 31 points on the season. They are tied with Columbus Crew SC for third place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the second place New York Red Bulls, who beat Philadelphia 3-1 earlier tonight.
- New England has now won each of its last two home games and is unbeaten in its last three after losing five straight games between June 21 and July 11.
- The Revs’ three goals are their most in a game since a 4-0 home win over Real Salt Lake on April 25. This was just the second time this season that the Revs had scored more than twice in a game.
- The win extends New England’s unbeaten streak against Toronto FC to six games dating back to August 30, 2013.
- Prior to tonight, the Revs had not scored two goals in the first half of a game since May 31 against the LA Galaxy.
- Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made two changes to the team that drew 2-2 on the road last weekend against the Chicago Fire with Bobby Shuttleworth and Kelyn Rowe each returning to the lineup in place of Brad Knighton and Teal Bunbury, who each began the game on the bench.
- In addition to Knighton and Bunbury, Kevin Alston also began the game on the bench after missing the last three games with a hamstring injury that he suffered on July 4 against FC Dallas.
- With Alston on the bench, Andy Dorman was not included in Jay Heaps’ 18-man gameday squad. This was the first time this season that Dorman was not in the squad for a game that he was not suspended for.
- Darrius Barnes was the only Revolution player to miss the game because of injury, missing his 18th straight game while recovering from left knee surgery.
- Charlie Davies gave the Revs a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute with his first goal since June 21, snapping a six-game scoreless streak. That was his first goal against TFC since the 2011 season.
- Kelyn Rowe and Chris Tierney were each credited with assists on the goal. Rowe now has a team-best six while Tierney has four.
- The assist was the 30th of Tierney’s MLS career, leaving him in fourth place in club history.
- Rowe’s six assists equal Teal Bunbury’s team-leading total from a year ago and are two shy of his career-best eight from 2013.
- Toronto FC were reduced to 10 men in the 39th minute when Jozy Altidore was sent off for kicking Revolution captain Jose Goncalves. This was the second straight home game in which the Revs’ opponent had a player sent off. In the first 21 games of the year, just one player was shown a red card against New England.
- Altidore has started both games against New England this season but has failed to make it to halftime in either, exiting with an injury in the 21st minute on May 16 and getting sent off tonight.
- The Revs doubled their lead in the 44th minute when Lee Nguyen converted a penalty kick for his fifth goal of the season.
- Nguyen now has goals in each of his last three games, leaving him one shy of his career-best of four straight goals with a game. He scored in each of the final four regular season games of 2014.
- That was the first penalty that the Revs had earned since April 4 when Nguyen converted a penalty in a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.
- New England is now 20-4-4 when Nguyen scores a goal, including 3-1-1 this season.
- Davies made the score 3-0 in the 62nd minute with his second goal of the game and team-best ninth of the season.
- That was his first multi-goal regular season game since Sept. 10, 2011 and his first-ever with the Revolution.
- He joins Kelyn Rowe as the only two Revolution players to have multiple goals in a game this season. Rowe had two goals in the Revs’ 2-1 win over San Jose on March 28.
- Davies and Rowe have now each scored or assisted on 10 of the Revs’ 38 goals this year.
- Lee Nguyen was not shown a yellow card meaning that he remains one away from a one-game suspension. However, if Nguyen is not booked in his next game, he will have one card removed from his record for good behavior.
- Jay Heaps picked up the 48th win of his MLS coaching career, leaving him two shy of becoming the second coach in club history with 50 or more wins.