Revs salvage 2-2 draw vs. Toronto

June, 23, 2012
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New England's Chris Tierney scored in stoppage time to deny Paul Mariner of his first MLS managerial win in Saturday's 2-2 draw between the Revolution (5-7-3, 18 points) and Toronto FC (1-10-2, 5 points) at BMO Field.

Danny Koevermans (4') and Ryan Johnson (42') gave Toronto a two-goal lead going into the half. But the Revolution responded in the final 45 as Blake Brettschneider cut Toronto's lead in half in the 71st minute before Tierney salvaged the draw with a goal in the 90+4 minute.

The draw extends the Revolution's unbeaten streak to three (1-0-2). Toronto conceded a two-goal lead for the second time in four days, but nevertheless earned its second straight draw.

Familiar face: Coaching Toronto FC on Saturday was none other than former Revolution assistant Paul Mariner, who replaced former coach Aron Winter on Jun. 7. During Mariner's six seasons (2004-2009) in Foxboro, the Revolution earned three straight trips to MLS Cup (2005-2007) and secured a U.S. Open Cup Championship in 2007.

Joseph out: Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph was absent from Saturday's match due to an adductor strain he suffered during last week's game vs. Columbus.

Simms in: After missing the last four games due to left ankle tendonitis, Revolution defensive midfielder Clyde Simms was back on the field. The reliable center half connected on 82.3 percent of his passes (28-of-34) and went 63 minutes before he was subbed out for Blake Brettschneider.

Local product punishes Revs: Toronto forward Ryan Johnson, who attended Melrose (Mass.) High School and trialed with the Revolution in 2006, punished his hometown team when his 42nd-minute goal put Toronto up 2-0.

Alston gets premature exit: Revolution right back Kevin Alston suffered a hamstring strain in the 37th minute, forcing Jay Heaps to use an early substitute. Flo Lechner replaced Alston on the right, and delivered the game-tying assist on Tierney's stoppage strike.

Fagundez starts up top: Partnered alongside forward Saer Sene, 17-year-old Homegrown Player Diego Fagundez earned his first start of the season in Saturday's game. The Leominster, Mass., native nearly put the Revolution on the board in the 17th minute when his shot inside the area clipped off the mitt of Milos Kocic before bouncing off the crossbar.

Tierney sees the ball ... a lot: Aside from scoring the dramatic equalizer, Chris Tierney led all players on Saturday with 151 touches. Additionally, he completed a game-high 71 passes and boasted an 81.6 percent completion rate (71-of-86).

Next up: The Revolution return to Gillette Stadium on Saturday, June 30, against the Seattle Sounders for an interconference clash that kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

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