Recap: Revs can't break through despite second-half push, fall 2-0 to Toronto FC

TORONTO – The New England Revolution (5-7-5; 20 pts.) fell to Toronto FC (10-2-5; 35 pts.), 2-0, at BMO Field on Friday evening.

Toronto FC defender Drew Moor and forward Sebastian Giovinco scored in the 11th and 90+6th minutes, respectively, to give the Reds three points in tonight's contest. While New England managed to outshoot Toronto, 12-9, including a mark of 6-3 in the second half, a goal proved to be elusive for the Revs.

In tonight's match, Andrew Farrell made his first career start at left back. In his first 143 starts in MLS regular season play, Farrell started at either right back or center back.

New England returns to action on June 28, when it hosts D.C. United in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 at Harvard University's Jordan Field. The Revolution return to MLS play four days later on July 2, when the club travels to Talen Energy Stadium for a nationally televised contest against the Philadelphia Union. The match kicks off at 5:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on FS1. Fans can also listen on the radio in English on 98.5 The Sports Hub, where Brad Feldman and Paul Mariner will have the call, and in Portuguese on 1570 WMVX Nossa Radio.

New England Revolution 0, Toronto FC 2
June 23, 2017 – BMO Field (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Revolution Fall to Toronto FC 2-0

  • The Revolution dropped tonight's match against Toronto FC, 2-0, bringing New England's record to 5-7-5 (20 pts.) through the first 17 matches of the season.
  • New England's all-time record against Toronto FC on the road moves to 3-4-5.

Rowe Leads Team in Touches, Chances Created

  • Midfielder Kelyn Rowe led all Revolution players in touches with 48 and chances created with three.
  • Among all Revolution players this season, Rowe ranks first in touches (1,022) and second in chances created (27), trailing only Lee Nguyen (48), who ranks second among all MLS players in the category.

Revs Record Strong Statistical Second Half

  • The Revolution applied consistent pressure, particularly late in the match. In the second half, New England led Toronto in a number of statistical categories including total shots (6), shots from inside the box (4), corners (4), crosses (9), and possession (57.3%).

Farrell Makes First Career Start at Left Back

  • Revolution defender Andrew Farrell made his first career start at left back in tonight's match. In his first 143 starts in MLS play, Farrell featured at either right back or center back.

Delamea's Minutes Streak Snapped

  • Revolution defender Antonio Delamea entered tonight's match as the only New England player to see all 1,440 minutes of MLS action this season. Delamea's streak was snapped tonight as he was forced to be taken off due to injury in the 80th minute of tonight's contest.

Revolution Make Three Changes to Starting XI

  • Revolution Head Coach Jay Heaps made three changes to the club’s starting lineup from its most recent match on June 17 vs. the Chicago Fire, with London Woodberry, Je-Vaughn Watson, and Juan Agudelo replacing Chris Tierney, Scott Caldwell, and Kei Kamara respectively.
  • Goalkeeper Matt Turner was unavailable for selection in tonight's match as he is currently on loan with the Richmond Kickers.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

  • 11th minute (GOAL) – Toronto FC midfielder Armando Cooper plays a low cross to defender Drew Moor, who gets his left foot on the ball to open the scoring for the home side (WATCH).
  • 14th minute (SAVE) – Cody Cropper stops a shot from Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore who fires from inside the six-yard box (WATCH).
  • 24th minute (SAVE) – Cody Cropper parries away a dangerous cross from Toronto FC midfielder Tsubasa Endoh (WATCH).
  • 57th minute (SAVE) – Lee Nguyen heads a free kick from Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco off the line to keep the Revs within one (WATCH).
  • 88th minute (CHANCE) – Lee Nguyen whips a cross in to Teal Bunbury, who makes solid contact on a header from inside the 18-yard box, but Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono makes a crucial save to preserve Toronto's lead (WATCH).
  • 90+6th minute (GOAL) – Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco adds an insurance goal in stoppage time (WATCH).

GAME CAPSULE

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Assistant Referees: Claudiu Badrea (AR1), Gianni Facchini (AR2)
Fourth Official: Geoff Gamble
Weather: 75 Degrees and Cloudy
Attendance: 27,261

Scoring Summary:
TOR – Drew Moor 1 (Tsubasa Endoh 1, Armando Cooper 1) 11'
TOR – Sebastian Giovinco 7 (Víctor Vázquez 9) 90+6'

Misconduct Summary:
TOR – Sebastian Giovinco (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 22'
NE – Antonio Delamea (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 50'
TOR – Jozy Altidore (Yellow Card – Unsporting Behavior) 52'

New England Revolution: Cody Cropper; Andrew Farrell, Antonio Delamea (Teal Bunbury 80'), Benjamin Angoua, London Woodberry (Chris Tierney 70'); Gershon Koffie, Je-Vaughn Watson (Kei Kamara 54'); Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen ©; Juan Agudelo

Substitutes Not Used: Brad Knighton, Josh Smith, Zachary Herivaux, Femi Hollinger-Janzen

Toronto FC: Alex Bono; Chris Mavinga (Ashtone Morgan 69'), Drew Moor, Jason Hernandez; Justin Morrow, Víctor Vázquez, Benoit Cheyrou ©, Armando Cooper (Jonathan Osorio 68'), Tsubasa Endoh (Jay Chapman 78'); Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore

Substitutes Not Used: Clint Irwin, Ben Spencer, Oyvind Alseth, Tosaint Ricketts

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