Toronto FC picked up a rare point at Gilette Stadium today, drawing the New England Revolution 1-1. The draw meant their first points in three games, after a pair of 1-0 losses in their last two games. This was just the sixth time in Toronto FC's history that they have come away from Massachusetts with points.
Sebastian Giovinco scored the equalizer for Toronto in the second half after Kelyn Rowe put the Revolution up a goal early in the match.
After a number of early chances, the New England Revolution would open the scoring 14 minutes into the match. Je-Vaughn Watson's cross would find Rowe all alone behind the Toronto defence, who headed the ball past Clint Irwin.
Toronto FC was able to put together more chances as the half went on. Justin Morrow's cross would find Altidore in front of the New England net, but the American striker would put the ball over the net. Giovinco would nearly tie the game as well when he turned a New England defender in the box before slipping on the Gilette Stadium turf.
The Revolution would go into the half with the 1-0 lead, looking convincing in the process. Toronto was forced to switch up their strategy, having been outmatched in the opening half.
These changes would not be evident to start the half, however. Toronto struggled to start the second half, giving up some dangerous opportunities early.
However, the would find their breakthrough in the 58th minute. Altidore would get on the end of a long ball, and set up Giovinco at the top of the New England box. The atomic ant's shot would be deflected into the back of the net, tying the game 1-1.
As seems to be the theme with Toronto FC of late, the goal was not without controversy. It was preceded by what could have been a penalty call when Drew Moor took down Teal Bunbury in the Toronto box. This time, however, Toronto were on the favourable side of a controversial call and the play went uncalled.
New England would press late and nearly grabbed the lead in the dying minutes. However, a ball that Lee Nguyen eventually put in the back of the net would be ruled out of bounds.
Toronto FC has now collected five points from their season-opening road trip through five games, with a record of 1-2-2. They currently sit in seventh place in the MLS Eastern Conference.