In a battle between two playoff teams from last year, the New England Revolution and Toronto FC played to a 1-1 draw at Gillette Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Kelyn Rowe opened the scoring early after Je-Vaughn Watson sent in a beautiful cross from the right wing. The former UCLA man headed it home for his first goal of the season.
After looking frustrated throughout the match, Sebastian Giovinco got on the scoresheet for Toronto. After a long ball over the top, Jozy Altidore found Giovinco in space outside of the box and the defending MVP was able to get it into the back of the net after a deflection.
- NGUYEN ALMOST NABS WINNER: For a few seconds, it looked like Lee Nguyen had got the winner for the home side. In the 92nd minute Rowe crossed the ball into the box. Femi Hollinger-Janzen was able to get on the end of it and cross it past Clint Irwin as Nguyen was in place in front of the net. The 2014 MVP finalist tapped it home but it turned out the ball had gone past the endline before Hollinger-Janzen touched it and the goal was disallowed.
- JOZY-GIOVINCO CHEMISTRY: After making two substitute appearances, Altidore finally got his first start in 2016 against the Revolution. To facilitate his insertion, Toronto moved back to a 4-4-2 formation that they used for much of 2015. Altidore and Giovinco seemed to be frustrated for much of the game but they managed to hook-up on one play that gave Toronto the equalizer they needed.
- REVS SPUTTERING ATTACK: In their season opener, the Revolution managed to score three goals on the road against the Houston Dynamo. Since then Jay Heaps' team has played five games and have not managed to score more than one goal in any of them. Charlie Davies, Juan Agudelo and Teal Bunbury have all taken turns up top but the three have scored just one goal combined so far this year.
FOXBORO -- New England Revolution coach Brad Friedel has been named to the ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 elections. In addition, general manager Michael Burns is one of nine former players eligible for election as a Veteran candidate.
Friedel is in his first year of eligibility after completing his playing career in 2014 as one of the most acclaimed American goalkeepers in history. In addition to earning 82 career caps and appearing in six FIFA World Cup matches, Friedel enjoyed a 17-year career in the English Premier League, where he made 310 consecutive starts in goal and ranks among the top 10 all-time with 132 clean sheets. He has won many individual honors over the years, including being named Major League Soccer goalkeeper of the year in 1997, English Premier League goalkeeper of the year in 2003, and the U.S. Soccer Federation’s men’s athlete of the year in 2002.
Burns, who played in 75 international matches for the USMNT between 1992 and 1998, remains on the ballot as a Veteran candidate. Now in his seventh season as General Manager of the Revolution, Burns was a member of the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup squads, and competed in the 1992 Olympics Games. His club career was highlighted by a seven-year playing career in Major League Soccer from 1996-2002, where he made 75 total appearances for New England, San Jose, and Kansas City.
In addition, former Revolution players Taylor Twellman (2002-09) and Steve Ralston (2002-09) remain on the 2018 Player ballot.
Voting begins today and runs through Monday, March 26 for the Player, Veteran Player, and Builder categories. The results of voting will be announced at a later date, and the grand opening of the National Soccer Hall of Fame is set for the weekend of October 20-21, 2018.
FOXBORO - Chris Tierney scored on a free kick in the 93rd minute to give the Revolution a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids in the Revs' home opener on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
Wilfried Zahibo drew a foul against Niki Jackson to set up Tierney, whose left-footed shot went through with a deflection off Colorado's wall.
Jackson, who was making his MLS debut, tied it in the 66th minute for the Rapids. He raced behind the central defense on Johan Blomberg's diagonal cross and crossed in front of goalkeeper Matt Turner to get his head on it.
Diego Fagundez opened the scoring for the Revolution (1-1-0) in the 48th minute, settling Cristian Penilla's short cross with one touch and finishing a low shot into the middle of the goal.
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