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Revolution Play to 1-0 defeat at Toronto FC

New England Revolution

April 20, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
News story about the New England Revolution

TORONTO, Ontario – The New England Revolution (1-6-1; 4 points.) suffered a narrow 1-0 loss to Toronto FC (4-4-1; 13 points) on Saturday evening at BMO Field. The Revolution controlled the ball and threatened Toronto with chances all night, finishing with an 18-15 lead in shot attempts, but could not overcome a goal from Toronto forward Prince Owusu in the 66th minute. New England goalkeeper Henrich Ravas kept New England within striking distance with seven saves in one game, including his first MLS penalty stop.

In the first half, New England tested Toronto with several scoring chances, including a neat shot from Nacho Gil in the 39th minute that looked destined for the back of the net before a timely block from Toronto defender Nicksoen Gomis denied the opening . goal. After halftime, Giacomo Vrioni almost gave the Revolution the lead on a breakaway attempt, but Toronto goalkeeper Sean Johnson parried the shot wide with one of his six saves of the night. Vrioni finished with two shots on target, while Carles Gil got the team going with three attempts on frame.

New England had another quality chance after Esmir Bajraktarević’s free kick fell to Andrew Farrell, but the defender could not find the target. Bajraktarević was one of two 19-year-old Homegrown players who started the match, along with Noel Buck, who left with an injury in the 44th minute and was replaced by Toronto native Mark-Anthony Kaye. Bajraktarević played the full 90 minutes and recorded three key passes, tied with Carles Gil for the team lead.

After halftime, Toronto forward Prince Owusu broke the deadlock in the 66th minute with the opening goal. The hosts then looked destined to double their lead when they were awarded a penalty in the second half, but Ravas made the save from his left in the 76th minute to keep the Revolution within one. Looking for the equalizer, Caleb Porter brought forwards Tomás Chancalay and Bobby Wood off the bench in the 72nd minute. The pair created five shot attempts in the final 18 minutes, but the visitors could not find the net.

New England returns home next Saturday, April 27, to face Inter Miami CF at Gillette Stadium. The 7:30 PM ET kickoff will be available to watch in English and Spanish via the MLS Season Pass on Apple TV. Listen to the Revolution’s local radio talk on 98.5 The Sports Hub HD2 (WBZ-FM), with Brad Feldman and Charlie Davies, and on 1260 AM “Nossa Radio USA” in Portuguese.

MATCH NOTES New England had the advantage in shot attempts (18-15), passes completed (534-351) and passing percentage (86.9%) in the close loss. Carles Gil (3) and Giacomo Vrioni (2) were the team leaders in shots on goal. Gil and Esmir Bajraktarević each recorded three important passes in the match. Bajraktarević, a homegrown player, logged 90 minutes in his seventh appearance and fourth start of the 2024 MLS season. Henrich Ravas made seven career MLS saves, including his first penalty save with New England in the 75th minute. Matt Polster played all 90 minutes, surpassing the 10,000 minutes he played with New England in all competitions. Andrew Farrell recorded his 325th MLS regular season start, the most in team history, and his third of the season. Nacho Gil recorded two shot attempts in his eighth appearance and fourth start of the MLS campaign. Toronto native Mark-Anthony Kaye entered the match in the 44th minute, making his fifth league appearance of 2024 in relief of an injured Noel Buck.

GAME CAPSULE

New England Revolution 0 at Toronto FC 1

April 20, 2024 – BMO Field (Toronto, Ontario)

Referee: Mark Allatin

Assistant referee: Jeremy Kieso

Assistant Referee: Adam Garner

Fourth official: Renzo Villanueva

Video assistant referee: Sorin Stoica

Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Jozef Batko

Weather: 44 degrees and partly cloudy

Score overview:

TOR – Prins Owusu 1 (Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty 2) 66′

Summary of misconduct:

TOR – Raoul Petretta (yellow card – hard foul) 8′

NE – Nacho Gil (yellow card – hard foul) 30′

NE – Matt Polster (yellow card – dissent) 42′

TOR – Jonathan Osorio (yellow card – dissent) 43′

TOR – Matty Longstaff (yellow card – hard foul) 65′

New England Revolution: Henrich Ravas; Ryan Spaulding (Emmanuel Boateng 85′), Henry Kessler, Andrew Farrell, Nick Lima; Matt Polster, Nacho Gil (Tomas Chancalay 72′), Noel Buck (Mark-Anthony Kaye 43′); Giacomo Vrioni (Bobby Wood 72′), Carles Gil ©, Esmir Bajraktarević.

Replacements not used: Dave Romney, Ian Harkes, Earl Edwards Jr.

Toronto FC: Sean Johnson; Nicksoen Gomis, Sigurd Rosted, Kobe Franklin (Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty 62′), Raoul Petretta (Aime Mabika 62′); Matty Longstaff (Kosi Thompson 71′), Tyrese Spicer, Deybi Flores, Jonathan Osorio ©; Frederico Bernardeschi, Prince Owusu (Deandre Kerr 85′).

Substitutes not used: Ayo Akinola, Cassius Mailula, Andrei Dumitru, Luka Gavran.

Toronto F.C

Team stats

New England Revolution

15 (9)

Shots on target)

18 (6)

5

Blocked shots

7

6

Saves

7

0

Corners

8

1

Offside

1

12

Violations

15

351 (79.2%)

Number of attempts attempted (% complete)

534 (86.9%)

41.4%

Possess

58.6%

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