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Toronto FC Looking to Revisit History in New England

One has to go back a long way to find the last time Toronto FC beat the New England Revolution, today Toronto will be looking to make that duration a whole lot shorter.

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March 15 was the last time the New England Revolution were beaten in Major League Soccer play, but for Toronto FC it goes back a lot longer than that. While it's been an impressive 62 days since the Revolution last lost a soccer game, that number inflates to 650 since the last time they lost to TFC.

It was August 3 2013, and Matias Laba scored his only career MLS goal to give Toronto a rare victory at Gillette Stadium. Laba is long gone, but Toronto will be hoping those that replace him can bring enough to the table to revisit this piece of history.

Speaking of history, Toronto have a chance to make it this weekend by getting their fourth road win of the season, which would tie last year's record setting tally. In 2014, it was a Week 21 victory in Columbus that set the record, so tying the record in Week 11 would be impressive.

It certainly won't be easy, however, as New England are one of the best teams in MLS. After losing their opening two matches of the season they have rediscovered the form that saw them go all the way to the MLS Final last year by going 5-0-3 in their next eight.

Last year it was Lee Nguyen that got all of the headlines around New England, but this year it has been more of team effort that is making New England look like the team to beat in the MLS East, and possibly in the entire league.

"They play for each other, they compete for each other," said Michael Bradley of the Revolution after training earlier this week. "On different days different guys are able to step up."

Besides Nguyen, Jermaine Jones and Juan Agudelo are the notable players for England, both of which Toronto will have to keep an eye on throughout the match. Meanwhile, up front Charlie Davies has been on fire, as he has scored in each of his last four games.

Damien Perquis played with Davies briefly with Ligue 1 side Sochaux, before the American got in a car accident in late 2009. Perquis remembers him well and is looking forward to seeing him again, although admits his former teammates is one of the many hurdles that Toronto will have to overcome.

"They are confident and they are winning games and they are scoring goals too so it will be a hard game, we have to be ready for a big fight," said the Toronto FC centreback.

Despite all of these things, Greg Vanney does see a number of faults that can potentially be exploited, calling them a "streaky team". Some of these faults were definitely exposed in allowing Orlando City to come back and tie their match last week after being 2-0 up for 70 minutes.

"I think there's moments where I've seen them in games that they've had a hard time with certain things," said Vanney. "We'll try to bring some of those certain things to the table."

Whether or not those "certain things" will be enough to overcome the mighty Revolution? Only today's match can tell.

One thing that isn't so uncertain is that a win today would easily be the biggest of the season for Toronto FC, and would be a massive momentum boost for both the team and its fans at this still early stage of the season.