New England Revolution 1, Toronto FC 0 | MLS Match Recap
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – With 32,766 on hand at Gillette Stadium, the third largest stand-alone crowd for the club on their grounds, the New England Revolution returned the favor to their supporters, capping their season with a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC.
As has been the custom for a good part of the Revs 17-win campaign, MVP candidate Lee Nguyen scored another game-winner, his ninth of the season.
Some players stopped on the play, Toronto players had their hands up, but Tierney hesitantly continued in and as he approached the backline he found Nguyen who faked out defenders and dragged a shot into the corner with his right foot in the 36th minute.
After much debate it was determined that the referee, despite replays showing otherwise, had waived off the offside, allowing the play to continue.
The strike was Nguyen’s 18th goal of the season and added a bit more hype to his MLS MVP campaign.
Toronto FC were without the services of Jermain Defoe and Jonathan Osorio and although the backline, led by the efforts of Steven Caldwell and Doneil Henry, played well for much of the game, the club’s flow seemed to lack consistency throughout.
When they were able to put chances together, they were met by Bobby Shuttleworth, who had four big saves in his eighth clean sheet of the season, including a nice effort in the 75th minute on a Luke Moore header from point blank range.
New England now must wait for the conclusion of Sunday night’s match between Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls before they know their Eastern Conference semifinal opponent, but as the second seed they will play leg one on their opponents’ pitch next weekend.
For the eighth straight season, Toronto wraps things up with the regular season finale and misses the playoffs.
MLSsoccer.com Men of the Match
|Rank||Player||What We Saw|
|1||Lee Nguyen||It feels like he is always on this list. Nguyen's goal was his 18th of the season, and his ninth game-winner. Can you say MVP?|
|2||Jose Goncalves||The rock of the New England defense. Came up huge breaking up the Toronto attack on numerous occasions, and with his physical presence proved why he was MLS Defender of the Year last season. A very big piece to any success the Revs will have in the playoffs|
|3||Daigo Kobayashi||Doesn't even matter that he didnt start. When he came on, he picked up where Nguyen left off. He played a number of supurb passes and had a couple of chances to ice the game late. He adds important depth to this team for the playoffs.|