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Toronto FC vs New England Revolution: Live Thread

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The Reds welcome New England to BMO Field for their MLS home opener

MLS: New England Revolution at Toronto FC Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

FT - It's all over here in Toronto! Goals from Ayo Akinola, Jordan Hamilton and Jozy Altidore see The Reds earn a 3-2 victory against the visiting New England Revolution. Jozy Altidore scored the dramatic winning goal because, well, of course he would.

90' – 4 minutes of stoppage time have been added.

86' - Ayo Akinola leaves to a loud ovation as he is replaced by Terrence Boyd. Akinola was easily one of the best players on the pitch tonight.

80' – Toronto FC 3-2 New England Revolution - JOZY!!!!! Who else? The ball falls to Jozy Altidore, who makes no mistake from a couple of yards out. He's fired up.

79' – Ayo Akinola is given a yellow card for throwing the ball away.

75' – A unexpected pass from Laurent Ciman leads to a great scoring chance for Jonathan Osorio, but the Canadian can't find the back of the net.

73' – There are shouts for a penalty, but Ayo Akinola was fouled on the edge of the box. Free kick coming for TFC.

68' – The stadium quakes as Jozy Altidore's name is called and he enters the pitch. A goal from him now would be huge.

66' – Jozy is recalled from warmups... The crowd is going wild.

58' – Toronto FC make their first substitution. Jay Chapman comes off for Laurent Ciman.

52' – Toronto FC 2-2 New England Revolution – Carles Gil scores his second of the game. The ball deflected off Auro and slipped past Alex Bono. He does a VAR celebration after the Revolution players thought that Jay Chapman was offside on TFC's second goal.

46' – The second half is underway. TFC are kicking toward the South End.


HT – Goals from Ayo Akinola and Jordan Hamilton - two players who were certainly looking to take advantage of this starting opportunity - see the hosts take a 2-1 lead into the second period of play.

45' – Toronto FC 2-1 New England Revolution - Jordan Hamilton makes it 2-1! Jay Chapman plays a perfect ball across the face of the goal, and Hamilton taps it in from close range.

25' – Nick DeLeon finds Jordan Hamilton in front of goal but a poor first touch prevents a great chance to score.

14' – Toronto FC 1-1 New England Revolution – TFC tie the game! Ayo Akinola skips past some defenders and places the ball into the bottom corner.

9' – Toronto FC 0-1 New England Revolution – Carles Gil gives the Revolution the lead from the penalty spot.

8' – The referee points to the spot after a challenge by Chris Mavinga. New England have a chance to take an early lead.

6' – Justin Morrow plays a dangerous cross into the box, but Jordan Hamilton heads it over the bar.

1' – We're underway at BMO Field!


Lineups:

Toronto FC:

New England:

Preview:

On Sunday night, Toronto FC are back at home for their 2019 home opener. After a good result in Philadelphia to start the season, a 3-1 victory more than two weeks ago, TFC will be looking to start the season 2-0-0 as they welcome the New England Revolution to town.

Always a tough away game (TFC haven’t won in New England since 2013), the Reds have a lot more success at home against the Revolution, including 4-1 wins in 2016 and 2018 and a 2-0 win in 2017.

Through their first two games of 2019, the Revolution have picked up a single point, having drawn with FC Dallas in their season opener before falling to the Columbus Crew in their second game. They haven’t looked particularly good so far, so Toronto FC will go into this one hoping that they can grab all three points and start the season on a high note.

There is also a chance that Jozy Altidore sees a few minutes on Sunday, but it is unlikely he gets the start in his first game back from a lengthy injury absence. My guess is that he comes on in the final ten minutes or so, to give the team and fans an energy boost and, hopefully, score a goal.

Team news: lineups & suspensions

Toronto FC: Jozy Altidore is expected to at least be on the bench for this one, and might make his 2019 debut at some point. Eriq Zavaleta missed the Philadelphia game, but is no longer listed as injured on the MLS website.

New England Revolution: Defender Andrew Farrell is listed on the MLS website as “out” because of an eye injury.

How to watch

Match date/time: Sunday, March 17th. 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff

TV channel: TSN 4/5 (Canada), NBC Sports Boston (New England)

Live stream: TSN GO, ESPN+

Radio: TSN 1050 (Toronto)