THE TEAMS: Revolution vs. Toronto FC
THE SITE: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
THE TIME: 7:30 p.m.
THE BROADCAST INFO: NBC Sports Boston/WBZ-FM 98.5/1260 AM (Portuguese)
THE SKINNY: It’s the second meeting between the Revs and TFC and first since the end of the MLS IS BACK Tournament group stage, and New England will look to get back onto the right side of things following the weekend.
We’re underway from Gillette. Your starting lineups and benches are live, and your match notes are below the live feed. Updates are periodic.
1′ Early corner won by Toronto.
3′ Bad turnover by Caldwell in the Revs’ 18-yard box leads to a shot by DeLeon, Turner makes the stop.
6′ ALMOST for Akinola on the counter as he uses his pace to get past Farrell, he shoots wide.
9′ Jones with a creative shot off Nguyen’s pass, Bono gets the save.
11′ Corner to the Revs after some great ball movement there, cycling from one side of the 18 to the other.
17′ Buksa’s shot on the counter is blocked. He had Diego on the trail and should have passed it off…. Buksa then tries to find Diego, but it’s deflected to Bono.
18′ Free kick to the Revs after a hard foul on Fagundez. He bounced. Looks like he wants this.
19′ Into the wall.
20′ Jones with a cross, swallowed by Bono.
24′ Corner to Toronto after that sharp counter.
27′ Corner to the Revs.
29′ GOAL TORONTO. Akinola takes advantage of a Farrell miscue and muscles past him. He beats Turner with the outside of his foot, and it’s 1-nil to the Reds.
34′ Akinola way offside.
35′ Free kick to Toronto out on the flank after Farrell fouls DeLeon.
36′ Free kick to the Revs…. it gets beyond Bono, but TFC clears it.
37′ Corner to the Revs…. Bye blazes a side volley into the Banner End.
39′ Some handbags as Piatti and McNamara get together after Laryea has a go with McNamara. McNamara is booked.
44′ Corner to the Revs…. Bono is way off his line, McNamara with a bicycle kick that is skied.
45′ One minute added on, minimum.
Sweens’ Halftime Thoughts and some numbers:
Tough half for the Revs, who should be down two goals. Bruce feels there should have been a foul on the goal. Revs are trying to unlock Toronto, I’ll give them that… a couple of opportunities missed.
One shot on target on five shots.
60.5 percent of the ball
81 percent passing accuracy
Second Half Underway
47′ Fagundez gets plowed by Piatti.
48′ Kessler is booked for that foul on Akinola. Professional, tactical foul.
54′ Corner to the Revs. They are showing that creativity and control.
55′ Jones with a shot, saved by Bono high off his line.
58′ Shot by Nguyen on a cross by Bye after Tajon is taken down. Save by Bono. Nguyen was soooooo unmarked.
60′ Offside on Toronto.
61′ ALMOST for Buksa on that off the ball run. Should be tied.
63′ Bye is booked.
67′ PENALTY TO NEW ENGLAND. Nguyen is clobbered by Delgado, and the referee rightly points to the penalty spot.
68′ Bye comes off for Rowe, Nguyen off for Penilla. Fagundez to the No. 10.
69′ Wow. Buksa skies it into The Fort.
71′ Auro Jr. is cautioned.
72′ Penilla with the shot and the save.
75′ Jones with a bouncing shot right to Bono.
77′ Akinola shoots wide.
78′ Big save Matt Turner on the counter.
80′ Bunbury on for Fagundez, Büttner for Jones.
82′ Penilla with a go from deep, wide. Barely wide.
85′ Subs for Toronto, former Rev Patrick Mullins coming on for Akinola.
87′ Bunbury with a light touch, it goes to Bono.
88′ Corner to the Revs.
90′ Corner to the Revs… Buksa heads it toward Bono, but he pounces on it. Three minutes minimum added on.
90+3′ Bunbury is booked.
For the Revs:
Turner; Jones, Kessler, Farrell, Bye; McNamara, S. Caldwell; Fagundez, Nguyen, Buchanan; Buksa
Bench: Knighton, Bunbury, Büttner, Delamea, Mancienne, Manneh, Penilla, Rowe, Sinovic
Bono; Gallacher, Mavinga, Ciman, Laryea; Osorio; DeLeon, Pozuelo, Delgado, Piatti; Akinola
Bench: Westberg, Auro Jr, Endoh, Fraser, Gallardo, Gonzalez, Mullins, Nelson, Zavaleta
Auro, Jr. and Pablo Piatti are on YELLOW CARD WATCH. Two more yellows for each, and they will serve a one-match suspension.
Alejando Pozuelo and Ayo Akinola are tied with seven goals apiece to lead the Reds.
Lee Nguyen leads all Revs with five goals against TFC; he also scored a sixth in the last two years with with LAFC. Should Nguyen play tonight, it will be his 250th appearance in MLS.
Alexander Büttner has been taken off the Not Medically Cleared list. TFC’s list currently includes Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, and Justin Morrow.
The Revs are 10-2-5 at Gillette against Toronto. The Reds’ last trip here in August 2019 resulted in a 1-1 draw.