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Recap: Toronto FC 3-2 New England Revolution - Jozy Altidore saves the day in Toronto

They played the kids. And Jozy.

MLS: New England Revolution at Toronto FC Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday night, Toronto FC took on the New England Revolution in their 2019 MLS home opener.

After the pregame festivities, the Revolution quickly opened the scoring, as Carles Gil converted a penalty given up by Chris Mavinga just nine minutes in.

Toronto FC battled right back, as Ayo Akinola equalised with an impressive solo goal. He danced between a pair of defenders before curling a shot into the bottom right corner, making the score 1-1.

After a relatively quiet 30 minutes following Akinola's goal, Jordan Hamilton gave TFC their first lead of the night with an easy tap-in from close range. Jay Chapman played a perfect ball across the box to Jordan, who made no mistake.

Toronto FC entered halftime up 2-1. They were the better team, and had 64% possession of the ball.

In the second half, it was New England who again struck early, as Carles Gil scored his second of the game. His shot deflected off Auto and trickled past Alex Bono and into the net.

After New England thought that Jay Chapman was offside on Toronto's second goal, Gil did a VAR-inspired celebration:

Then, in the 68th minute, Jozy Altidore made his return, coming on to an incredible reception, replacing Jordan Hamilton. The stadium shook with applause as number 17 was shown on the board by the 4th official.

In the 75th minute, Jonathan Osorio missed a chance to score after an unexpected pass from Laurent Ciman, who looked as though he'd have a shot at goal himself.

Jozy Altidore, who had only come on about 10 minutes earlier, scored the goal that gave TFC a 3-2 lead with a shot from a few yards, and followed it up with a passionate celebration. As if there was any doubt he'd score in this game.

The Reds were tough defensively for the remaining 15 minutes or so, and sealed a 3-2 victory, giving them a 2-0-0 record to start the season.