Reds Remain Sharp On Offence

Asif Hossain - TorontoFC.ca
Leveling Late

Danny Koevermans struck at the 83rd minute to help Toronto FC earn a 2-2 draw against New England Revolution on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field. It was Toronto's third draw in three MLS games in October, an undefeated month where the Reds' sole victory was in a must win CONCACAF Champions League contest in Dallas - a 3-0 triumph - on Tuesday.

Toronto took an early lead through Nick Soolsma when Koevermans found his fellow Dutchman for the first time strike that put Toronto up 1-0. It was Soolsma's third MLS goal in his opening season. A man-marking mishap allowed New England to equalize through Monsef Zerka five minutes from halftime on a set-piece. The Reds fell behind 2-1 in the opening minute of the restart when a turnover allowed Milton Caraglio to punish Toronto, before Koevermans leveled late.

Keeping Up With Koef

Koevermans has an incredible eight goals in 10 MLS games in his inaugural half-season in North American top flight football. The "Koef" added another two goals in Champions League, bringing his strike total in all competition to 10 goals in 17 appearances in a Toronto shirt.

Comparing Koevermans to the top three goal getters in MLS this season reveals his true worth. The Toronto forward is the most economical of the four strikers with his 756 minutes, averaging a goal for every 94 minutes of football in MLS. Defending Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski and former Toronto captain Dwayne De Rosario finished atop the table in 2011 with 16 goals each. Wondolowski averaged a goal every 167 minutes, while De Rosario is slightly less economical at 173.  Koevermans' per minute strike rate is far superior to that of even Thierry Henry. The New York man has 14 goals, one for every 161 minutes of action.

Tackles & Touches

Midfielders Julian de Guzman and Torsten Frings stamped their authority in the less glamorous, but important areas of the stat sheet.

Not only did de Guzman help create the Soolsma goal by finding Koevermans in the box, the Canadian led the team with four tackles and won 85% of his duels in just 55 minutes on Saturday. Frings, as he usually does, once again led the team with 83 touches. The German midfielder/sweeper also had a game-high seven interceptions and gained possession 15 times for Toronto.

 

Saves & Clearances

Goalkeeper Milos Kocic had another fine game for Toronto. The 26-year old has given head coach Aron Winter a positive selection probelm with Stefan Frei looking to reclaim the number one spot that was assuredly his prior to a couple of midseason injuries. The Reds took a few minutes to get their heads in the game on Saturday, during which Kocic was sharp, making this save at the 10th minute to keep the score level. In the second half Kocic continued to keep his cool, though he had some help from centreback Ty Harden.

Worth Repeating

On Saturday's performance
"We didn’t play a good game, we were a little bit flat.  I think that the last game against Dallas, we had given a lot ... I think those things together are why the team was a little bit flat.  It was not a good game."

On team defending
"Its not just the set pieces, if you watch this past season we have a lot of goals against us that were unnecessary, and that needs to get better for sure, next season."