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Who stays and who goes?

Posted on 29 December 2011 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

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The picture above from the home opener shows the dramatic changes that happened to the team from the first kick to today, as well as showing the future of TFC as the Academy team lines up behind the senior squad.

The expansion draft has come and gone… Here is who is still here and who is gone and some thoughts on who I think will/should be here next year or not..

Also here is a little look forward on what is on TFC’s schedule.

The start of January will consist of the announcement of the CCL game/ticket info which will be played at the Rogers Centre (Skydome).
The 2012 adidas MLS player combine occurs from January 6-10th with the MLS Super Draft on January 12th, supplemental draft is January 17th.

Pre-season Games:
vs. Orlando City SC – February 25th 2012 6pm ET
vs. BK Hacken – February 28th 2012 6pm ET
vs. FC Dallas March 1st 2012 6pm ET
Possibly a game on March 3rd time and opponent TBD.

CONCACAF Champions League:
vs. LA Galaxy – March 7th 2012 8pm ET (Rogers Centre)
vs. LA Galaxy – March 14th 2012 10pm ET (The Home Depot Centre)

Feel free to share your thoughts at our Twitter @TorontoFCasn or in the comments section below. Feedback, discussions and opinions are all encouraged.

STILL HERE and will/should be KEPT:
Milos Kocic
Stefan Frei
Richard Eckersley
Torsten Frings
Eric Avila
Terry Dunfield
Ryan Johnson
Danny Koevermans
Joao Plata
Ty Harden
Andy Iro
Ashtone Morgan
Matt Stinson
Doniel Henry
Nick Soolsma
Julian De Guzman
Peri Marosevic
Jeremy Hall (New Signing)
Reggie Lambe (New Signing)
Dicoy Williams

STILL HERE but will/should be ASSESSED prior to new contracts/release:
Nicholas Lindsay – Will be interesting to see what Winter thinks of him in the off season after the season ending injury he will be given a chance to prove himself.
Keith Makubuya – Barely played, minimal impact.. will have to earn his spot.
Oscar Cordon – Impressed to start the season with a few appearances then went down hill from there.. Will have to earn his spot again.
Adrian Cann – Season ending injury and early contract disputes this season will not get him an immediate contract but will be invited to training camp for sure!
Elbekay Bouchiba – Hasn’t played a single minute in MLS, due to a season ending injury. His stay will depend on pre-season.
Mikael Yourassowsky – No work ethic in my opinion, when he got minutes he barely put an effort. He was brought in as a left back, never really played there.

RELEASED/Gone/Traded:
Nathan SturgisDanleigh Borman
Demitrius  Omphroy
Matt Gold
Javier Martina
Eddy Viator
Leandre Griffit
Kyle Davis
Gianluca Zavarise

What do you agree with and what would you change? Make sure to share your thoughts.

 

This post was written by @MahmoudShoblaq of @amersocc and @TorontoFCasn.

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TFC Advance to CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage

Posted on 03 August 2011 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

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After a 2-1 win at home, Toronto FC went into Nicaragua forced to put Real Esteli’s away goal  behind them and grind up a result.

A great performance by Ryan Johnson gave him a pair of goals and gave the team another 2-1 win, this time away from home giving them a 4-2 win on aggregate.

A hostile environment and a horrible field was what TFC had to face, but strong character from the young players mixed with experience excelled over the Nicaraguan side. Overall TFC played well vs. Real Esteli, it was evident with some of the mistakes made that the field impacted the play. On this day CONCACAF refereeing did not play a role in deciding the game.

Toronto FC will continue their CCL journey in the group stage versus Tauro, UNAM and FC Dallas or Alianza starting on August 18th.

On a side note, @TorontoFCasn made twitter headlines during the Toronto FC game as many TFC supporters expressed anger and disappointment after Rogers Sportsnet decided to show the game on tape delay. Whether that was the correct decision or not for Rogers, the fans were not happy. Fans rushed to find the best online stream to watch the game live and support their team. It will be interesting to see how Rogers approaches this situation and what they will do for future games.  We did our part in this and provided necessary coverage through twitter and provided live game updates.  Our voice made us trend in Toronto and in all of Canada, thanks to all those who follow us on Twitter and make our time worth while.

TFC continue their road trip as they head to face against D.C. United where former Toronto player De Rosario now plays.

 

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PREVIEW: Fire @ Revolution

Posted on 17 June 2011 by Matty Jollie

Saturday evening marks the third match in eight days for the New England Revolution (3-7-5, 14pts), as they entertain the Chicago Fire (2-4-8, 14pts) to wrap up the Revs’ brief homestand.  New England enters the match on only three days’ rest after battling to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday night with Toronto FC in front of a sparsely populated Gillette Stadium, while Chicago has been flying high of late, defeating Columbus 1-0 on Sunday afternoon, their third successive shutout under new head coach Frank Klopas.  This particular fixture has always been hotly contested, and the history between the two sides is well documented, however with recent results being what they are, both sides are certainly more focused on getting a result, rather than getting caught up in a rivalry. With only five wins between the two clubs, look for an intense, physical matchup on Saturday, as they both look to right the ship in Foxboro.  Let’s take a look at how the match shapes up on the field:

GOALKEEPER: You’ve got to admire the way Revolution keeper Matt Reis has played this season. Constantly battling through injuries, Reis has found his best form as of late, showing signs that his health is close to fully-healed.  Coming off of a shutout of Toronto FC on Wednesday night, look for Matt Reis between the pipes again on Saturday.  Chicago will counter with 22-year old Sean Johnson, who, under new head coach Frank Klopas’ new system, has flourished.  The Atlanta-born Johnson has always possessed the size and length, but until recently lacked the polish necessary to lead a club on a week-in week-out basis, however with three consecutive shutouts and a struggling Revs’ offense, Johnson has got to love his chances for a fourth clean sheet in as many matches. ADVANTAGE: NEW ENGLAND. When Matt Reis is healthy, there are few better, although Johnson is clearly the hotter hand coming into Saturday.

DEFENDERS: When you examine the Revolution’s recent struggles, it often times has not been the deficiency of their back four. Given the injury bug that has plagued the team, the back line has seemingly persevered throughout the 2011 campaign.  Kevin Alston has remained healthy for most of the season which is always a bright spot for New England, and rookie A.J. Soares has clearly become the leader at the center of the Revolution defense.  Even through the recent winless streak, the defense has shown good communication and cohesion, and its’ lack of team speed at the back has seemed to be what has done them in. Didier Domi did not play on Wednesday night, and it would be hard to see him return only a few days later, so look for Darrius Barnes, who has performed admirably, to fill in at left-back once again. After a horrendous start to the new season, Chicago has seemingly shored up its defensive wall recently under their new regime.  Old friend Cory Gibbs will be found at the center of the revamped Fire defense, and through his veteran leadership the Fire have found good form, as well as finally gaining some composure and structure at the back. Gibbs will be joined by other MLS veterans Gonzalo Segares and Jalil Anibaba, who have also played big roles in the defensive renaissance in Chicago. ADVANTAGE: Chicago. You’ve got to play the hot hand, and the Fire haven’t conceded since the end of May.

MIDFIELDERS: In what has been yet another injury riddled season, New England will once again piece together a central midfield, as they will most likely be without the services of Ousmane Dabo and Benny Feilhaber on Saturday night. While Dabo was listed as out on the latest injury report, Revs’ fans can find a little solace in the fact that Feilhaber WAS upgraded to doubtful, but it would be a minor medical miracle to see the USMNT product on the field against Chicago.  Captain Shalrie Joseph will be in the middle of it all once again, and after not seeing the field on Saturday night, one can expect to see rookie Stephen McCarthy back in the midfield after a stale performance from New England on Wednesday.  Wing play has settled down ever so slightly for the Revs’, as Chris Tierney has filled the left midfield role quite nicely, providing better service to the players up top, but it is the right wing that continues to be the thorn in the side of the Revolution. Neither Sainey Nyassi or Zak Boggs have truly distanced themselves from the other this season, and while it has been Boggs receiving the lions’ share of the minutes, one wonders if perhaps head coach Steve Nicol should throw a curve ball somewhere soon and insert the likes of Kenny Mansally in the mix to see if perhaps a different formula would produce a better result.  Chicago has talent aplenty in their midfield, with the speed of Patrick Nyarko and the playmaking abilities of Baggoi Husidic and Dominic Oduro, and continue to improve their run of play under Klopas.  It will certainly come down to how the Revolution bottle up the speed of Nyarko, as has been the case in several matches this season for New England.  In the middle of the park , New England can without a doubt overpower the central midfielders of Chicago, and that particular matchup will be important to the success of the Revs’ on Saturday night. With Nyarko kept quiet, New England can battle through the match in the center of the field, and try to scratch out a result over a slightly more talented Fire midfield. ADVANTAGE: Push. Both teams have strengths and weaknesses that actually complement the other side. It’s going to come down to who imposes their will on the other.

FORWARDS: It’s easily said that New England has struggled offensively, but what is not easily said is why: Rajko Lekic simply doesn’t look the part.  After scoring against Sporting Kansas City, Lekic has almost disappeared, and if it weren’t for the constant temper tantrums thrown and the countless kicks to sideline advertisement boards, he’d be completely invisible.  One can argue the lack of service, one can argue attitude, but there is no arguing the fact that Rajko Lekic has failed to score since April 23rd. A bright spot for the Revs’ offense is that Steve NIcol has seemingly scrapped the stand-alone striker formation, adding Kenny Mansally to the strike tandem with Lekic on Wednesday night.  Lekic needs to be partnered with a possession type strike partner, and the team did look a little better with Zack Schilawski in there with him in the second half, so look for the second year man to get a little more run on Saturday night.  Chicago hasn’t exactly been scorching the nets either, scoring only one goal in their last three league matches, and will look to improve against a New England side that has the tendency to struggle with containing speed.  Th biggest concern with Chicago is quite simply the lack of talent up top.  Diego Chaves has yet to pan out and really stand out from the rest of the pack, and often times, it’s Nyarko who moves up from a midfield spot to give the attack a little bit of a bite.  With the departure of Gaston Puerari to Club Atlas in Mexico, the questions only increase, as now head coach Frank Klopas is left with another hole in his attack. Look for a lesser-known forward to get a look on Saturday night, and if you would like a name to look out for, keep an eye out for 19-year old Orr Barrouch, who has seen some time, and will now almost by default, see more minutes in the Chicago attack. ADVANTAGE: Push. Neither side scores at will. If you really needed an answer, New England would get the edge almost by default with Chicago’s forward depth in flux.  It wouldn’t be a surprise that if any goals were to be scored on Saturday night, they’d come from the midfield.

PREDICTION: Saturday night is one of those matches that could go either way.  Chicago is very hot defensively right now, and New England has struggled to score goals.  While New England is coming off only three days’ rest, Chicago has had all week to prepare.  With injuries still plaguing the Revolution midfield, it’s hard to see the results taking a turn for the better. Patrick Nyarko will find space through his speed and create the lone goal of the match. FIRE 1 – REVOLUTION 0.

 

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Revolution “need quality” as they sputter to salvage a draw

Posted on 17 June 2011 by Hank Alexandre

With most of the greater Boston area focusing on Hockey, The New England Revolution broke their losing streak and secured a shutout against division rivals, Toronto FC. However, the Revs missed a golden chance on Wednesday night to secure three points against a team that they should have easily defeated.

Rather than go into a lengthy play by play breakdown of the scoreless draw, this space is perhaps better served by discussing the scoring drought that has plagued the Revolution all season long. With only 11 goals to their credit, the Revs are DEAD LAST in goals scored in MLS.

The first half showed a lot of enthusiasm from the Revoultion, as Steve Nicol switched the formation from his usual 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2, with Kenny Mansally playing along side Rajko Lekic up front. Mansally showed a lot of pace chasing down the loose passes and the long balls, and worked well with his midfielders. Rajko Lekic had a few opportunities early on but could not settle the ball to create a meaningful strike on goal, aside from a header off the first corner of the game which was easily saved by Frei. In fact the best chance for the Revs in the half was a long range strike from Chris Tierney, which forced Frei to palm it away.

The second half was much like the first, but to Nicol’s credit he tried to shake things up with the substitution of Zak Boggs for Sainey Nyassi to start the half, and later bringing on Zack Schilawski in place of Chris Tierney. Nyassi and Mansally worked hard on the flanks, and fullbacks Darrius Barnes and Kevin Alston were both moving forward and getting into the attack as well. Despite these moves, and the Revs constant pressure on the Toronto FC side, the Revs were not able to find the back of the net. Joseph’s blast in the 50th minute and his final shot in extra time were probably the Revs’ best chances. Lekic’s miss from alston in the 58th minute and his failure to get on the end of Mansally’s pass in the 70th minute were also two prime opportunities to go ahead on Toronto and both were squandered by the Danish striker.

In the press conference after the game, Coach Nicol spoke of not having the quality when it was needed. In previous press conferences, it was the lack of creativity, or the final pass. But anyway you slice it, the Revs head coach is saying his team is not good enough, and he’s been saying it for a while.

However, it is Nicol’s team that he and Mike Burns have selected that is out on the field. Granted the loss of Marko Perovic and Benny Feilhaber are huge losses, but the drop off in quality without those two players is inexcusable. Two off season signings, Didier Domi and Ousmane Dabo, have barely seen the field of play due to recurring injuries, a sign of their respective ages. But the decision to invest money into these players who don’t see any playing time has to be laid at the feet of the front office.

Steve Nicol, when he has had quality players, has had great success. However, since 2007 his team has declined, mainly because of the lack of quality players Nicol and Burns have brought in. If the team needs quality, they need to start looking elsewhere. There is still talk that the Revs will bring in a Designated Player this summer. However, the ownership may be better served bringing in a technical director or investing in a scouting system, and improve the quality of their overall player acquisition strategy.

 

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TFC draw at home

Posted on 05 April 2011 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Alan Gordon - Photo Credit to Catherine Solmes

 

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After winning at home against Portland Timbers, TFC was expected to continue on a positive note against Chivas USA. All was changed when the news of Dwayne De Rosario being traded to the New York Red Bulls surfaced. On Friday afternoon the DeRo trade was confirmed, where TFC acquired Danleigh Borman, Tony Tchani and a first round draft pick in 2012 in return for Dwayne De Rosario. On the other hand, Javier Martina was voted MLS Goal of the Week earlier in the week for his second goal in the Portland game and Decoy Williams was signed.

TFC and Chivas Draw!
The starting line up saw several changes after trades and signings this week. 
Keeper:
Stefan Frei.
Defenders: Ty Harden, Nana Attakora, Adrian Cann,  Danleigh Borman.
Midfielders: Jacob Peterson, Tony Tchani, Alen Stevanovic.
Forwards: Javier Martina, Maicon Santos, Alan Gordon.

TFC started the game on a rough note suffering an early goal deficit. After finding their rhythm they were able to get back into the game and find the equalizer. With DeRo gone and new players starting the match, it was expected to be a difficult afternoon for Toronto. Once again it must be reiterated that it is a building process and the team will learn to cope with DeRo’s absence.

Some positives were evident, as Martina showed great signs of class and will be an integral part of the club moving forward. Several team practices for the new players with the club will create harmony and consistency within the team. Toronto FC can only see themselves moving forward after today, keeping in mind players must remain healthy.

Toronto FC will need to perform and prove their fans that they are a competitive team to maintain the atmosphere BMO Field is used to. The game’s attendance is still considered great in comparison to MLS numbers but 18,968 is below TFC’s regular attendance numbers of 20000 or more. It was evident that there were  many empty seats which in turn made the television broadcast look very unattractive for those watching at home. Whether the attendance numbers are due to the DeRo trade or a lack of interest from fans after 4 unsuccessful season, it remains unknown. The club will need to earn their supporters back with several positive performances at home and on the road.

TFC will now head away from home to face off against the San Jose Earthquakes before coming back for a three game home stint.

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

Toronto FC
Stefan Frei: 7
He may have not been able to do much about the goal, but did well with what came his way as the game went on.

Ty Harden: 6.5
Did well as a right back, contributed a few crosses on the attack. Still room for improvement!

Nana Attakora: 5.5
Came back from injury and may have been at fault for the goal. Not one of his best performances and was subbed off in the second half.

Adrian Cann: 6.5
Decent performance, with no visible mistakes.

Danleigh Borman: 6.5
Did well to contribute to the team offensively and defensively considering not practicing with the team prior to the game.

Jacob Peterson: 6.5
Did well on the set piece to set up Alan Gordon for the equalizer.  Subbed off at the half for De Guzman.

Tony Tchani: 6.5
Did well throughout the game for a player who has not practiced with the team, could possibly do more.

Alen Stevanovic: 6.5
Did well working with Borman, would probably wish Maicon Santos passed the ball for him to score the winner. Subbed off in the second half after getting injured. He is also another player whose contribution will become greater as time goes on.

Javier Martina: 7
Had a decent game showed great foot work and will be an integral part of the team.

Maicon Santos: 6
Captained the team for the day, scores a low rating today due to his horrible miss. Otherwise he is another player that will be an important part moving forward.

Alan Gordon: 7
A decent game, was at the end of several crosses and set pieces but did not do enough to create solid chances. Scored the equalizer and celebrated with class.

Subs Used:
Julian  De Guzman:
5.5
Came on for Peterson, still needs time to come back from injury. His distribution still lacking, got himself a yellow card for his efforts this afternoon.

Decoy Williams: 6.5
Another new signing making his debut, came on for Attakora who just returned from injury. From what was seen can easily take Attakora’s starting spot on the team.

Joao Plata: N/A
Came on for the injured Stevanovic, had little impact on the game.

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Martina wins MLS Goal of the Week!

Martina - Photo Credit to Catherine Solmes

TFC striker Javier Martina has won his first ever MLS Goal of the Week award for his amazing finish in the 2-0 win against Portlant Timbers at BMO Field on Saturday. It was his second MLS goal in his two appearances. Martina’s goal gave TFC the assurance lead that they held on with to win the game. The goal assisted by Frei has shown his striker’s instinct which gives everyone a taste of what he can bring to the team in the future.

 

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Revs look for a jump start with early start

Posted on 22 May 2010 by Hank Alexandre

Today the New England Revolution head to Toronto FC for their final meet-up against the northern side of the regular MLS season.   The game has been moved up to start at 1:00 ET so not to conflict with the UEFA Champions League Final starting at 2:30.  This early start just might be what the Revs are looking for to jump start their season.

The Revs are 2-5-2 coming into this match, with their last win coming against Toronto FC in the Revolution’s home opener way back in April.  Since then they have managed only two points in six league games, and have lost six out of eight in all competitions, including a 3-0 US Open Cup loss to New York Red Bull, and a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of super club and Portuguese league champions Benfica.  Toronto FC, on the other hand, having lost three out of four games to start the season, have gone 3 -1-1 since and have not lost at home all season.

The Revolution took advantage of some very shaky play on behalf of the Toronto FC defense and were able to capitalize on it twice.  Zack Schilawski scored three goals that night and nearly had a fourth, while Kheli Dube and Sainey Nyassi, who also scored for the Revs, provided plenty of service for the rookie.  Toronto has since turned things around and have had a +3 goal differential over their last 6 games.

The good news for the Revolution is that Toronto FC will be down some key players.  Dwayne DeRosario, TFC’s leading goal scorer (6), is traveling with the Canadian national team and will miss the match, as will Julian DeGuzman, who is out with an injury.

The Revs continue to be without the services of center backs Darrius Barnes and Emmanuel Osei, and will be forced to start midifelder Pat Phelan in the back line for the second time this season.  Phelan, who played center back at Wake Forest, played 90 minutes on the back line for the Revs in last week’s match against San Jose, which ended as a scoreless draw.

The Revs may finally have the services of Shalrie Joseph however,  whose leave of absence from the team appears to have been a 5 game suspension for violating the leagues Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health policy.  Joseph’s last game for the Revs was the first meeting against Toronto, in which he played a large part in the success.  Since then the Revs have struggled to find a winning formation in the midfield, although in recent weeks have stopped the bleeding by switching to a 5 man midfield.  This formation has had benefits in recent weeks, most notably in the game against Columbus, in which midfielder Zak Boggs saw his first start and netted two goals for the Revs.

If Joseph does play, he will likely come in off the bench as he has not played with the team in 6 weeks.  He would likely come in for Chris Tierney, but considering Tierney’s improved play in the center midfield over recent weeks, Joseph Niouky may be the player to come off.  If Coach Steve Nicol decides he needs to play two forwards, he could play Perovic or Tierney out on the left and move Boggs into a more forward role, or substitute Boggs for Dube.

Projected starting line-up for the Revs: Burpo, Sinovic, Gibbs, Phelan, Alston, Boggs, Tierney, Perovic, Niouky, Nyassi, Schilawski

Prediction: 2-0 Revolution.

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Revs stomp TFC, 4-1 in home opener

Posted on 11 April 2010 by Liam O'Connell

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FOXBOROUGH, MA – The New England Revolution secured their second consecutive victory of the 2010 season, beating Toronto FC 4-1 in their home opener at Gillette Stadium. The emphatic win was led by rookie forward Zack Schilawski who registered a hat trick in his home debut in only an 11-minute span. He is only the third rookie in MLS history to score three goals in one match in his first season.

The game didn’t start the way the home side intended, with Toronto applying pressure, and eventually breaking through in the 28th minute thanks to Dwayne De Rosario. The Revolution cleared the ball out of their box toward Toronto defender, Nick Garcia, who sent a cross back into the box where De Rosario came in and headed it home.

By now, people should stop questioning the team selection process of Head Coach Steve Nicol (who let us not forget earned his 100th career MLS victory tonight). If Schilawski’s performance wasn’t reason enough, take a look at the play of Seth Sinovic.

Despite only being a rookie, the Revolution’s left back was dealing with the threat of one of MLS’s most experienced and skilled midfielders, Dwayne De Rosario. Almost every time DeRo made a push down that side of the field, Sinovic contained him one-on-one or forced him off the ball. It even led to Preki switching him over to the other side of the field in the second half when things turned the Revs’ way.

Toronto’s goal without a doubt sparked the Revs and made them realize it was time to wake up. Towards the end of the first half Dube had a deflected ball fall to him in the box, which he volleyed, but could only hit the outside of the side netting with. Then, moments before the end of the half, there was a clear call for a handball on the top of Toronto’s box, but the linesman ruled Schilawski offside.

In the second half, New England immediately came out with even more energy and forward push.

In the 47th minute, the Revolution scored the tying goal, through rookie forward Zack Schilawski. Nyassi received the ball wide, and worked a quick one touch give-and-go with Dube. Nyassi raced onto the quick return ball, and had the time and space to whip a ball in across the box. Schilawski drifted in from the far post to tap home his first MLS goal.

Shalrie Joseph told reporters after the game, “It was huge that we got [the goal] so early [in the second half]. They didn’t really want to play and we knew that they scored early and if we were also going to give up an early strike, we were going to keep working at it and it shows what this team is capable of.” That momentum he spoke of was without a doubt built upon.

Only four minutes after scoring his first goal, Schilawski stole the ball from Toronto defender, Nick Garcia, and ran in on goal, coolly slotting the ball near post past the sprawling TFC goalkeeper Frei.

Schilawski obviously impressed his coach. “The second goal is just a great goal” said Nicol, as he addressed the media. “He’s through on the goalie. He’s cool, he’s calm. He rolls it in the side netting. It’s just a fantastic finish and well-taken – all the good things that he has.”

The Revolution continued to increase the pressure applied to the Toronto defense, and the majority of the play was happening in the visiting team’s offensive half. Dube had multiple chances, many worked by the captain Shalrie Joseph. Even Sinovic was getting in on the action, getting a shot off from outside the box.

Then, in the 58th minute, Joseph threaded a perfectly weighted ball from the midfield to Dube who was making a run down towards the right side of the field. Dube one timed the ball across the goalmouth, to Schilawski who easily finished and completed his hat trick.

Wing play was clearly something emphasized by the Revolution in this match. Head Coach Steve Nicol told the press after the game, “I think getting the ball wide was always going to be huge for us.”

In the first half, the majority of the positive offensive push by the Revolution came from the left side, where Sinovic, Tierney, and Schilawski connected well down the field. However, it seemed that in the second half there was more of an emphasis on working down the right flank, as two of Schilawski’s goals were created by wing play on that side by Dube and Nyassi.

In the second half, Toronto rarely troubled the Revs defense, let alone goalkeeper Preston Burpo. They were forced to take long range shots from far outside the box, all of which were easily handled by Burpo.

In the 64th minute, as hard as it may be to believe, Schilawski could have – and arguably should have – made it four goals on the night. Joseph, the Revolution captain, again provided a great ball to the forward who was running in on goal, but unfortunately tripped over the ball just as he should have looked to get the shot off.

In the 66th minute, the Revolution put the game beyond all doubt. Niouky sent a ball through the defense towards a Nyassi run. It looked as if it should have been easily dealt with by the Toronto defender, but he tried a soft backpass towards the Toronto goalie, unaware of the oncoming Nyassi. The Revolution winger ran right through and finished the ball past Stefan Frei who could do nothing to stop it.

After the fourth goal, the Revs made all three of their substitutions, bringing in Marko Perovic, Khano Smith, and Pat Phelan for Kheli Dube, Chris Tierney, and Shalrie Joseph respectively.

Marko Perovic’s talent and skill was immediately on display, as he received the ball in the 71st minute and with his first touch went at and beat the defender, creating space for himself and releasing Khano towards goal.

Even with all the substitutes made, the Revolution continued to dominate play and controlled the majority of the possession. The Revs created a few more chances, and the few efforts Toronto continued to have were relatively tame ones on Burpo’s goal.

The Revolution’s next game is this coming Saturday, April 17th where they will be visiting the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET. and will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet

Scoring Summary:
TFC – Dwayne De Rosario (Nick Garcia) 28
NE – Zack Schilawski (Sainey Nyassi, Kheli Dube) 47
NE – Zack Schilawski (unassisted) 51
NE – Zack Schilawski (Kheli Dube, Shalrie Joseph) 58
NE – Sainey Nyassi (unassisted) 66

New England Revolution: Preston Burpo (GK), Cory Gibbs, Emmanuel Osei, Chris Tierney (Khano Smith 71), Seth Sinovic, Sainey Nyassi, Shalrie Joseph © (Pat Phelan 75), Kevin Alston, Joseph, Niouky, Kheli Dube (Marko Perovic 70), Zack Schilawski

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth (GK), Kenny Mansally, Darrius Barnes, Zak Boggs

STATS: Shots: 17; Shots on Goal: 9; Saves: 2; Corner Kicks: 5; Offside: 6; Fouls Committed: 15

Toronto FC: Stefan Frei (GK), Nana Attakora, Nick Garcia, Raivis Hscanovics (Chad Barrett 58), Dan Gragan, Joseph Nane, Dwayne De Rosario ©, Amadou Sanyang (Julian de Guzman 60), Martin Saric, O’Brian White (Fuad Ibrahim 75), Nick LaBrocca

Substitutes Not Used: Jon Conway (GK), Gabe Gala, Ty Harden, Sam Cronin

STATS: Shots: 9; Shots on Goal: 3; Saves: 5; Corner Kicks: 2; Offside: 1; Fouls Committed: 15

Misconduct Summary:
TFC – Raivis Hscanovics (caution) 11
TFC – Julian de Guzman (caution) 85

Referee: Alex Prus
Referee’s Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry
Fourth Official: Eric Proctor
Weather: Clear, 55 degrees
Attendance: 12,798

Special thanks to Jeff Lemieux and RevolutionSoccer.net for providing quotes and statistics for the game.

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Home opener with Toronto FC on deck

Posted on 09 April 2010 by Liam O'Connell

Kenny Mansally ©ASN

On Saturday, April 10th, the New England Revolution kick off their home opener, hosting Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium.  The Revs will be looking to build on the momentum gained from their first victory of the season last weekend away at D.C. United.

Many of the Revolution players will also be looking to build on personal success and experience from the past two road games.  Kenny Mansally in particular will try to emulate the performance he put in last week.  The young Gambian came on as a second half sub and in a matter of minutes made his presence known.  He went on to score the two deciding goals of the match – the second a potential goal of the year candidate – and earn an MLS Player of the Week award.

This will mark the eighth all-time regular season meeting between the Revolution and TFC, as Toronto entered Major League Soccer as an expansion team in 2007. The Revs hold a 3-1-3 advantage in the series, but are 1-1-2 against TFC since its inaugural season. New England has never lost to Toronto at Gillette Stadium, posting a 3-0-1 record in TFC’s visits Foxborough.

The Revolution will be hoping many of their key players will continue on their road to recovery from some inkling injuries that have kept them off of the field for the 2010 season so far.  Luckily, both Darrius Barnes and Shalrie Joseph look to be close to full strength, with the two returning to training at the end of this week.

During the offseason, the Revs brought in a number of trialists, hoping to find someone who can add a spark to the team’s offensive efforts.  None impressed more than Marco Perovic. The 26-year old Serbian was signed in late March, and with the completion of all the right paperwork, has finally arrived in Foxborough.  The Revolution will be looking for him to make an immediate impact with no defined goal scorer having stepped up since Taylor Twellman’s long-term injury that has kept him out of action since late 2008.

This game versus Toronto has one very intriguing story line in particular.  The victory of D.C. last weekend was head coach Steve Nicol’s 99th win of his career.  This will make him only the third coach in MLS to reach this milestone, with only Sigi Schmid and Bob Bradley ahead of him.  It’s only fitting that Nicol has the chance to reach this great milestone at Gillette Stadium, in front of the home fans who are so appreciative of the success he has brought their team.

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TFC to host Puerto Rico Islanders in CCL prelim

Posted on 27 July 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

After the disappointment of Saturday, Toronto FC are back at BMO Field Wednesday to face the Puerto Rico Islanders in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League qualifier.

TFC will be without defender Nana Attakora again, while Amado Guevara and Adrian Serioux are questionable after picking up knocks in the Columbus game.

On a more positive note for TFC, young midfielder Sam Cronin will be available for selection after returning from the Gold Cup.

As hosts of the first leg, Toronto will want to get a win–preferably by a goal or more, and ideally by a shutout. After this match, Toronto will head to New England to face the Revs on Saturday for their next MLS game.

Predictions and notes:

  • The injuries to both Adrian Serioux and Nana Attakora could see Marco Velez start.
  • With Amado Guevara also questionable with an injury, the return of Sam Cronin could see him starting the match.
  • TFC will have to shake off the psychological hurdle of a very disappointing previous match.
  • ASN puts the chances of a TFC win at 70%. A draw: 80%
  • Final score prediction: Toronto 2, Puerto Rico 1

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Gerba scores on debut, but TFC fall to Columbus

Posted on 26 July 2009 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Gerba scored but it wasn't enough

After Chicago’s earlier result Toronto FC came into the match knowing a win will move them up the table tied in points with Chicago and a draw or a loss can see them stay at the bottom of the table. In addition, the Trillium Cup was on the line and Toronto FC had plenty to play for.

The Toronto FC starting lineup saw a few changes due to injury and the addition of players to the roster.
Keeper: Stefan Frei
Defenders: Marvel Wynne, Adrian Serioux, Jim Brennan, Nick Garcia
Midfielders: Pablo Vitti, Amado Guevara, Carl Robinson, Dwayne De Rosario, Chad Barrett
Forward: Ali Gerba,

An entertaining half to start the game off with chances coming from both sides, Columbus had the greater number of chances but did not capitalize till the opening goal. Toronto FC responded within minutes to keep the game in play. Both teams suffered yellow cards in the first half which will keep these players on their toes in the second half in order not to obtain another.

The second half saw Toronto go ahead with a goal from Gerba who scored his first MLS goal in his debut. The Crew was able to answer back later on with two goals to win the match. The chances were there from both teams but at the end Columbus was able to capitalize in the vital moments of the game.

Toronto came short and went on to lose the game late on. It will be an unfortunate blow as they had all 3 points secured up to midway through the second half. TFC will not want to look back at this performance as it will remind them of their last two seasons in MLS when they saw plenty of their games lost or tied in the dying minutes of the game.

Final Score: Toronto FC 2, Columbus Crew 3

The Reds will now head home to face the Puerto Rico Islanders on Wednesday in their first match-up for the Preliminary round of the CONCACAF Champions League. In order for TFC to keep their chances of advancing to the next round alive, they must get the win; keep their goals-for at a maximum, and their goals-against at a minimum. After that, Toronto will head to New England to face the Revs on Saturday for their next MLS game.

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

Stefan Frei: 6.5
He had plenty to do with many easy saves throughout the game, but was unable to keep Toronto in the game when it mattered.

Marvell Wynne: 6.5
He did well to start the game and create chances for Toronto but was not able to continue the form in the second half and possibly cost Toronto the Trillium cup with the third goal.

Adrian Serioux: 7
Good form back from injury, not many mistakes. Took a knock in the second half but stuck through to the end.

Nick Garcia: 7
Did well over all, but did not seem to control his defense like he usually does.

Jim Brennan:  7.5
Did well, and moved up to midfield after the injury of Guevara and the entry of Velez. A few great passes which created some chances.

Dwayne De Rosario:  8
A well taken goal, and he created plenty of danger.

Amado Guevara: N/A
Did not see much action after getting a knock early in the first half, he had minimum impact.

Carl Robinson:  6.5
Late tackle to earn himself a yellow card, some mistakes with his passes today. But went on to improve his performance.

Chad Barrett: 7
Showed his presence did his best with the chances given to him. Great play with Gerba to give Gerba his first MLS goal.

Pablo Vitti: 8
Continued his improved form and played well over all. Created some plays and chances for Toronto.

Ali Gerba: 7.5
My expectations are still higher for him, seems like he lacks a little fitness. But nothing will take away from his solid play to hold the ball and his well taken goal.

Subs Used:
Marco Velez: 7.5
Another one of his better games, it will give the coaches more confidence in him. He couldn’t do much about the second goal as it caught everyone off guard.

O’Brian White: N/A
Came on for Barrett to make his MLS debut; he had a few touches with the ball but still seems uncomfortable.  

Danny Dichio: N/A
Came on for Gerba and was on for a few minutes, had a few touches with the ball but not enough to make an impact this late in the game.

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