Toronto FC was lucky to come away with the tie at BMO field, as the Reds rallied from an early Revolution goal in the second half, to tie 2-2.
The game started slow, but an amazing bit of skill and vision from Danny 2.0(The Koef) to pass to Nick Soolsma, saw TFC take the lead on their first real chance. After the first goal, the Reds looked almost certain to score another one. Despite piling the pressure on Revs' keeper Bobby Shuttleworth, TFC couldn't seem to finish off some real beauties through the middle of the first half.
"We had a slow start at the beginning of the game, but as the game grinded out, we started getting our feet, and started waking up," Toronto FC Left Back, Ashtone Morgan said. "It was a fight to the end, and that's what we've been showing for the second half of the season."
By the time Monsef Zerka headed home a Benny Feilhaber cross in the 41st minute, the Reds had lost all momentum from the game's first goal.
The second half got off to a horrible start, as the Revolution's wonder boy, Milton Caraglio pounced on a great ball sent into the box by Feilhaber. Caraglio's goal came only two minutes into the second half, and had many of us at BMO squirming.
TFC slowly fought to regain the midfield in the second half, and had some tremendous opportunities to level the score at 2 all. Terry Dunfield hit a shot that looked quite promising, but Koefs tried to flick it on, and as a result sent it directly to Bobby Shuttleworth.
We all know the rest of the story. Danny Koevermans ends up scoring in the 82nd minute to salvage another game for TFC. Koevermans played some beautiful football throughout the game, and has many TFC fans salivating over what could be for next season. After his goal, TFC almost scored a 3rd as Andy Iro hammered the post( and I mean freaking hammered it), though he was called offside so it wouldn't have counted anyway.
Morgan said it was sad that TFC didn't get the three points, but at the same time everybody's happy.
"I feel with Danny's goal, it raised everybody's spirits, everybody felt good after," Morgan said of his Dutch team mate.
Danny Koevermans doesn't have to say much off the pitch, because since he's come to Toronto, all he's worried about is scoring. Koevermans has scored seven goals in nine games with TFC, a scoring rate that is quite unusual to Toronto FC fans.
``It`s been a couple of fine months around here. I think we`ve gotten some decent results, if you put the last 13 games that we`ve played together, we would be somewhere in the middle of the table,`` Koevermans said. ``The whole second half we were trying to get the equalizer, and then the equalizer comes, it`s 2-2 and the stadium explodes.``
Koevermans said today`s game felt like a victory because they fought for the tie late in the game.
``The coaches would never agree with me when I say this, but this felt good,`` Koevermans said.
Despite what many would suggest, Koevermans said TFC wasn`t mentally drained from Tuesday`s big win.
He said ``everybody was feeling confident``, and that TFC was fully prepared for the game against New England.
We now enter one of soccer`s longest off seasons. We have transfer rumours, many wondering if Plata and Ecks will be back, and a Champions League Quarter Finals in early March to look forward to in the offseason.
Waking the Red will keep you updated on all things TFC, so stay locked here for audio of all the scrums from Saturday`s game, as well as a mess of photos from the 90th minute party and much more.