New England Soccer Today

The Morning After: Revolution at Toronto FC


It was not the kind of game you’d want to park the kids in front of the TV for.

Diego Fagundez offered the Revolution some early hope, but sloppy defending and an inability to win balls in the midfield let the guests down in Friday’s 1-1 draw against Toronto FC.

Here are some stats, facts and goodies surrounding Friday’s rain-soaked and raggedy match.

-Stat of the game: Jose Goncalves recorded a game-high 11 clearances. The most active Toronto defender – Steven Caldwell – only collected four.

-A stat that sticks out like a sore thumb: Toronto entered Friday’s clash averaging a league-low 9.8 shots/game, and yet, still managed to outshoot the Revolution 11-7.

-Despite coming off in the 59th minute, Chad Barrett led all Revolution starters with a 92 percent passing accuracy rate. A.J. Soares had another strong night by connecting on 89 percent of his passes, while the goalscorer himself, Fagundez, rounded out the top 3 with an 85 percent pass completion rate.

-For Toronto, Robert Earnshaw led the way with a 94 percent passing accuracy rate. Following him was Joe Bendik (88 percent) and Ashtone Morgan (81 percent).

-Both teams finished with a 77 percent passing accuracy stat. Incidentally, the league median is 77 percent.

-Dimitry Imbongo’s 87th minute caution gave him his seventh card on the season. He now has more cards than games played, and averages a card every 85.4 minutes. By the way, Imbongo’s a forward. Just in case you forgot.

-Juan Agudelo had a quiet night by every measure.  With the midfield in shambles, Agudelo collected only 16 passes, recorded a 69 percent passing accuracy rate, and failed to a register a single shot. On average, Agudelo collects strings together 26 passes, records a 76 percent passing accuracy rate, and 1.4 shots/game.

-Revolution coach Jay Heaps had this to say about the fight his players encountered against a tenacious Toronto FC side: “Toronto worked their tails off, they didn’t give us anything. Fortunately, we started very well and then at about 20 minutes into the game it started to slip away from us. It then became more about energy, fight and passion, rather than a football game.”

-Toronto defender Steven Caldwell on his goal that wasn’t: “Certainly wasn’t a foul. It was a great ball by Bobby Convey to a spot where we were causing a lot of problems all night and I just got to the end of the area first and held my ground. I was very disappointed that I didn’t get the goal.”

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