One game in 100 words: The New England Revolution dominated possession for short spells in this match, but it was the one debatable opportunity that ultimately handed them the 1-0 victory over ailing Toronto FC. The Revs ended up blistering their opposition with chances, many of which missed the net, including a seething left-footed shot from Jermaine Jones and a wide-open chipped miss by Kelyn Rowe, one that surely looked promising before it sailed over the crossbar. The Revolution have officially clinched the second-place spot in the Eastern Conference, standing six points clear of Sporting Kansas City and Columbus Crew, with both squads yet to play their final regular season contest. Toronto, meanwhile, ended their frustrating, playoff-less year with their fourth loss in five competitions.
New England: Lee Nguyen 35’
Three moments that mattered
74’— Shuttleworth extends to keep clean sheet — Mark Bloom’s slight hesitation allowed substitute Luke Moore to maintain great positioning inside the Revolution’s back line, and when the cross was whipped into the box, it seemed as if it was a game equalizer waiting to happen. Revs goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth held firm and then sprung out of his stance to punch the the headed try away—a wonderful stop that helped to preserve a shutout for New England and quelled Toronto’s hopes of a come-from-behind win.
21’ — Who else but Nguyen for the opener — Toronto FC players ran over to the referee, trying to make their case that an offside call was missed, but Lee Nguyen’s controversial goal wasn’t given a second thought. The Major League Soccer’s MVP candidate now has 18 goals, increasing his tally as the highest-scoring midfielder in the league when Chris Tierney tracked a loose ball near Toronto’s end line and sent a quick pass into the center of the penalty area, where Nguyen patiently awaited for the simple finish.
9’ — Gilberto almost converts magnificent attempt — It was a mixture of a bicycle kick and a sprawling, unnamed version of the signature highlight reel attempt, as Toronto FC’s forward went all-in for the spectacular goal after the ball escaped a couple of Revolution D-men, bounced once in the middle of the box and landed at the waist of the Brazilian. Unforunately, his endeavor was just inches off as it banged the crossbar and flew out-of-bounds.
New England: Bobby Shuttleworth; Andrew Farrell, A.J. Soares, Jose Goncalves, Chris Tierney; Jermaine Jones (Andy Dorman 67’), Scott Caldwell, Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen (Daigo Kobayashi 62’), Diego Fagundez; Charlie Davies (Patrick Mullins 80’)
Toronto: Joe Bendik; Mark Bloom, Steven Caldwell, Doneil Henry, Justin Morrow; Kyle Bekker, Michael Bradley, Colleen Warner (Warren Creavalle 71’); Dominic Oduro (Andrew Wiedeman 90’), Gilberto, Daniel Lovitz (Luke Moore 63’)