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Undermanned TFC earns draw at Gillette Stadium

Posted on 02 August 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Heading to face the New England Revolution has never been an easy task for Toronto FC. But after coming off a few disappointing results TFC had to get something out of the game.

Even with everyone available to play the starting line-up only saw one change from the previous game against Puerto Rico with the return of Adrian Serioux; yet Amado Guevara was left on the bench as he was not fully fit for a full game.

The starting line up for TFC was as follows:
Stefan Frei
Defenders: Marvell Wynne, Adrian Serioux, Nick Garcia, Jim Brennan
Midfielders: Dwayne De Rosario, Sam Cronin, Carl Robinson, Pablo Vitti
Forwards: Chad Barrett, Ali Gerba

The first half was entertaining, with chances from both teams. The starting minutes were dominated by the Revs, but later the half turned over to the visitors. Vitti hit the crossbar and had a shot blocked by a defender later on. Finally after a great play and shot by Barrett the ball was deflected off Gerba before landing perfectly for DeRo who buried it to give TFC  the lead.

It was a very physical battle for both teams with plenty of cards especially for TFC.

The second half was a whole different story with the Revs dominating the half–a task made easier after Barrett was sent off after five minutes into the half for acquiring a second yellow card. Constant pressure from New England finally broke the Reds defence as the Revs scored in the 76th minute to tie the game. TFC will be disappointed to lose the lead, but will be more than happy to achieve a draw and a point away from home in a crucial match-up.

Final score: Toronto FC 1, New England Revolution 1

TFC now heads to Puerto Rico for another crucial clash in their Champions League run which is a must win game by two goals. Following the game at Puerto Rico TFC will head home to face Real Madrid in their second international friendly of the season.

Ratings for players from 1 (low) to 10 (high), ranked by position:

Toronto FC
Stefan Frei: 7.5
He did well when called upon to challenge for the ball and keep the clean sheet for as long as possible. Could not do anything about the goal as the defense broke apart allowing the shot. He earned a yellow for time wasting but was well needed in the dying minutes of the game.

Marvell Wynne: 7
He did well to play his position today better than usual. He did well to join the attack in the late minutes of the game as a speedy option yet was unable to convert.

Adrian Serioux: 8
Had a very physical battle today and earned a yellow for his troubles, but an overall good performance.

Nick Garcia: 7
As he progresses in the game it is seen that he becomes slower at the back against fast strikers. But did well over-all.

Jim Brennan: 7
Had some trouble with his man but did well to keep them away from goal.

Carl Robinson: 7
More in form today, completed his passes and kept possession.

Sam Cronin: 7
Continued great form in the middle with connective play with the other midfielders.

Pablo Vitti: 7
Took some great chances and was unlucky not to have them end in the back of the net.

Dwayne De Rosario: 8
Well taken goal, had great connective play with Gerba throughout.

Chad Barrett: 5
Worked hard all over the field, but his work was overshadowed after earning himself an unnecessary yellow card and later a second to send him off.

Ali Gerba: 8
Improvment on his behalf great connective play with DeRo created a lot of danger with his midfielders. Was given a yellow for “diving” which is unfortunate as it would have been a great chance for goal.

Subs Used:
Amadou Sanyang: 7.5
Came on for Gerba to make his MLS debut on his 18th birthday, and did well to make some crucial interventions and contribute both defensively and offensively.

Emmanuel Gomez: 7.5
Came on for Brennan and did great for the short time on; he made some great interventions to avoid any further pressure by the Revs.

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