The last time Toronto FC beat the New England Revolution at BMO Field was in 2010. Toronto's starting lineup on that day featured names like Chad Barrett, Stefan Frei, Dan Gargan, Jacob Peterson and Sam Cronin. It was Barrett who scored the lone goal of the match to give Toronto a 1-0 win.
Toronto FC hasn't beaten New England at all since 2013, and have lost five and drawn three of their last eight meetings. They played to a 1-1 draw earlier this season in New England, with Sebastian Giovinco's equaliser cancelling out an early goal from Kelyn Rowe.
It is a streak that Toronto FC will look to end, when they meet the Revolution today, as they try to continue one of their own. Toronto has won the first three matches of their four-game home stand, and will be looking to make it four for four tonight. If they can, it will tie a club record for longest winning streak.
The club will have to earn it, however, as this is also their third game this week. The Revs, on the other hand, will come into the game well rested and in desperate search of three points. New England is just above the playoff line in the East, and will want to make sure they don't drop below.
To make matters worse for Toronto, they will likely have to stick with a roster that looked tired and cranky in a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday. Jozy Altidore doesn't look like he is quite ready to start yet, while Michael Bradley and Benoit Cheyrou aren't likely to return until the road trip.
The only probable change to the lineup is Eriq Zavaleta coming in for Josh Williams, although, it is possible that Tosaint Ricketts gets his first ever start for Toronto. This means the club will once again have to rely on a young midfield to get the job done, one that didn't look quite as sharp on Wednesday night.
New England also come into this match in decent form, as a 3-1 loss to Orlando City last Saturday is their only in the last four matches. However, they have been a bubble playoff team at best this season, and have struggled to keep goals out of their net. For a team with plenty of offensive weapons, they don't score a tonne either.
The Revs lost one of those key players in the transfer market this week when they sent Charlie Davies to the Philadelphia Union. Davies had been one of New England's best players the past two years, and his loss will certainly sting.
New England does still bolster an attack with names like Kei Kamara, Diego Fagundez and Lee Nguyen, however, so they are never to be taken lightly. Kamara, in particular, always tends to have good nights against Toronto FC.
If Toronto FC can keep them at bay and grab their fourth straight win, however, it would put them just one point shy of New York City at the top of the conference. Toronto FC currently holds two games in hand over NYCFC going into the match against New England.
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