Friday, August 30, 2013
Revs still winless in Toronto after 1-1 draw
By Brian O'Connell, Special to ESPNBoston.com
Someday, the New England Revolution will figure out a way to win at BMO Field. Unfortunately for them, Friday wasn’t that day.
Diego Fagundez scored his team-high ninth goal of the season, but it didn’t hold as the Revolution (10-9-7, 37 points) settled for a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC (4-12-10, 22 points) on Friday.
Fagundez scored two minutes into the match after he collected a keen ball from Kelyn Rowe and tapped it through at the far post. Andrew Wiedeman equalized in the 45+2 minute when he collected a poor clearance and fired it past Matt Reis right before halftime.
The 1-1 scoreline put the Revolution’s all-time mark at BMO Field at 0-2-5 going back to Toronto FC’s inaugural season in 2007.
With the draw, the Revolution came up short of their third straight win, but remain unbeaten in their last three (2-0-1). For Toronto, the draw lengthened their winless streak to four (0-2-2).
What it means: Make no mistake, the Revolution had every intention of collecting maximum points against ninth-place Toronto and climbing into fourth place. The second-minute strike from Fagundez seemed to point the Revolution in that direction, but sloppy defending in front of Matt Reis opened the door for Toronto to bounce back before the half. In the second half, both teams played disjointed and disorganized soccer, with referee Fotis Bazakos enduring his fair share of criticism for a couple of questionable decisions late. Between the rain-slicked pitch, the questionable calls (and non-calls) and the way their midfield was overrun, the Revolution can’t complain too much about walking away with a point.
Stat of the game: In the 10 minutes leading up to Wiedeman’s equalizer, the Revolution’s possession stat had dropped to 35.6 percent. Their inability to assert control of the game after the Fagundez goal all but opened the door for Toronto to level it.
Agudelo comes off late:Juan Agudelo came out in the 77th minute with an apparent right leg injury following a tough challenge from Ashtone Morgan. He was replaced by Saer Sene, who missed last week’s game against the Union due to a red card suspension.
No lineup changes again: Revolution coach Jay Heaps employed the same lineup that helped his team win two straight going into Friday’s clash. Prior to Friday’s game, Heaps had never used the same lineup in three straight games during his tenure as Revolution coach.
Next up: The Revolution return home for their first meeting of the season against the Montreal Impact on Sunday, Sept. 8 at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.