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Altidore Exits Early, But Bradley and TFC earn a point at New England

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TFC earned a hard-fought point on the road in a match with plenty of quality on display. The Revs pressed Toronto at times, but Vanney's men put in a solid performance.

Chris Konopka, TFC man of the match.
Chris Konopka, TFC man of the match.
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The Reds leaned heavily on outstanding performances from Michael Bradley, Chris Konopka, and Benoit Cheyrou. Bradley's goal is fantastic. In fact, lets watch it again. In Portuguese.

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Jozy Altidore exited in 21st minute with a hamstring injury, picked up on the same patch of turf that claimed Danny Koevermans. Up to that point both sides had a few chances, with Goncalves and Giovinco striking the post for New England and Toronto respectively. When TFC conceded from yet another cross in the 32nd minute, the match seemed like it was getting away from the Reds.

The Reds came out of halftime well, and Captain America played like a man possessed -- producing the magic above in the 53rd minute. After getting the tying goal, TFC sat back a little more. Konopka made 8 saves -- several of which were of the spectacular variety.

The diamond midfield with Bradley at the point certainly maximizes the Captain's effectiveness, but the Revs played cross-field balls to their advanced wingers and fullbacks all game, taking advantage of how narrow TFC were. It will be interesting to see how TFC line up in the games to come.

All in all, the Reds are probably a little fortunate to leave Foxborough with a point. Nguyen, Fagundez, and Davies all came close in the second half. After the negative substitutions by Vanney in the 83rd minute, the Reds bunkered and hoped for the best, a respectable but nerve-wracking strategy.

Boxscore

32' Goal Juan Agudelo (NE)

53' Goal Michael Bradley (TOR)

80' Yellow Chris Konopka (TOR)

Toronto: Konopka; Morrow, Hagglund, Perquis, Morrow; Osorio (Creavalle 83'), Cheyrou, Bradley, Warner (Jackson 84'); Giovinco, Altidore (Moore 21')

New England: Shuttleworth; Woodberry, Farrell, Goncalves, Tierney; Jones (Dorman 63') Caldwell; Bunbury, Nguyen, Agudelo (Rowe 63'); Davies (Fagundez 82')