Toronto FC picked up its fourth win in a row with a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium, keeping them tied on points with Supporters' Shield leaders Columbus Crew SC.
The teams switched stretches of possession throughout the first half, though Toronto showed its intent early on when Ayo Akinola found his way into a mostly empty penalty area and sent the ball just wide of the goal. The Revolution bounced back with a number of shots midway through the first half, but their momentum was quashed when Akinola scored the game's lone goal in the 28th minute. Akinola won the ball and made a run towards the penalty area, bumping into defender Andrew Farrell on the way in a moment the referee did not consider a foul. In the end, Akinola easily beat goalkeeper Matt Turner for a 1-0 scoreline.
Toronto dominated most of the second half after scoring, but the Revolution worked their way back into the match by the end of the half. They maintained that momentum into the second half as they searched for an equalizer. Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono was forced into making two saves early on, efforts from outside the box from Tajon Buchanan and Lee Nguyen.
The Revolution got their best chance at an equalizer when Nguyen was fouled in the box in the 68th minute and the referee awarded the hosts a penalty. However, the opportunity was squandered -- Adam Buksa sent the ball over the crossbar.
The Revolution continued to spend the second half in search of an equalizer, recording eight total shots and five on target in the second half. It was a mostly defensive effort for Toronto in the last 45 minutes, recording only two shots and one on target in that time. The defensive display was enough, though, to get them another three points as they continue to make their case as MLS' best team in 2020.