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TORONTO - A very early goal by New England’s Diego Fagundez was cancelled out by a late first-half equalizer from TFC's Andrew Wiedeman as two Eastern Conference sides battled to a 1-1 draw at BMO Field on a rainy Friday evening in Toronto.
The Revolution opened the scoring in the 2nd minute when a penetrating run by Kelyn Rowe lead to a fortuitous deflection off TFC defender Richard Eckersley that allowed the New England midfielder to set up Fagundez for an easy tap in and his team-leading 9th goal of the season.
Video: Ryan Nelsen following 1-1 New England draw.
Fagundez came close to making it a brace four minutes later when some nice interplay between the Revolution attackers allowed the 18 year old Uruguayan to get off a curling shot that required a fine diving save by TFC keeper Joe Bendik.That save loomed large throughout, and never bigger than in first half injury time when a scramble in the Revolution box ended with Wiedeman blasting a loose ball past Matt Reis for the equalizer.
With neither side generating any significant scoring chances in the second half, Ryan Nelsen and Jay Heaps attempted to give their respective squads a boost with TFC striker Maxi Urruti replacing Robert Earnshaw and New England’s Saer Sene coming on for Juan Agudelo in the 78th minute.
Toronto appeared to have engineered a winner on a free kick in the 88th minute but Steven Caldwell’s header into the top left corner of the Revolution net was called off by the referee due to a push by the TFC captain.
With the draw, Toronto came away with a point for a second straight match while New England remained winless at BMO Field with a record of two losses and five draws in seven all-time visits. The Revs provisionally take sole hold of fifth in the East in 37 points, though that could change given the outcome of Sunday’s contest between Chicago and Houston.
Toronto returns to action on Saturday, September 7th at 11pm ET against the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field.
NE – Diego Fagundez 2’ (Kelyn Rowe)
TFC – Andrew Wiedeman 45’ (Doneil Henry)
NE – Lee Nguyen 30’ (caution)
NE – Diego Fagundez 54’ (caution)
TFC – Steven Caldwell 68’ (caution)
NE – Scott Caldwell 74’ (caution)
TFC – Ashtone Morgan 75’ (caution)
TFC – Doneil Henry 86’ (caution)
NE – Dimitry Imbongo 87’ (caution)
TORONTO FC RECORD: 4-12-10 22 POINTS
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION RECORD: 10-9-7 37 POINTS
Toronto FC – Joe Bendik; Richard Eckersley, Steven Caldwell ©, Doneil Henry, Ashtone Morgan; Reggie Lambe (Alvaro Rey 87’), Jonathan Osorio, Jeremy Hall, Bobby Convey; Andrew Wiedeman, Robert Earnshaw (Maximiliano Urruti 78’)
Substitutes not used: Stefan Frei, Gale Agbossoumonde, Jonas Elmer, Darel Russell, Justin Braun
New England Revolution – Matt Reis; Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves ©, A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney; Diego Fagundez (Charlie Davies 89’), Scott Caldwell, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe, Chad Barrett (Dimitry Imbongo 59’); Juan Agudelo (Saer Sene 78’)
Subsitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Andry Dorman, Stephen McCarthy, Darrius Barnes