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FT: TFC squander lead in New England

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No, they cannot break the curse.

MLS: Montreal Impact at Toronto FC Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

FT — Well TFC climbs into a playoff spot due to Montreal's loss, but we gifted New England a point. Ugh.

90’ — we... Just... I don't know.

86’ New England Revolution 1-1 Toronto FC — you have got to be kidding. The Revs score, as Westberg fumbles a shot from outside the box. Jesus Christ.

75’ New England Revolution 0-1 Toronto FC — BENEZET!!!!! The Frenchman finishes a chance with his head after several of his teammates fail to. The Reds are up in New England!!!!

57’ — Come ON. Pozuelo and Mullins both fail to get a foot on an amazing ground cross by Laryea. TFC should be ahead...

HT — Perhaps one of the best halves TFC have played in Foxborough? We're not losing, at least...

40’ — or not. Where's VAR when you need it????

39’ — Gallardo gets absolutely crushed by the NE keeper. That has to be a red...

37’ — Omar Gonzalez is VERY lucky his flubbed shot was offside.

20’ — TFC don't seem to suck too hard tonight. No goals yet, couple of tough missed chances but we're doing okay.

1’ — We’re starting! WTR is live from Shoeless Joe’s tonight!

Lineups:

Toronto FC have gone with a very strong look, with all the TAM guys plus Pozuelo starting. No Altidore or Morrow, though...

I recognize like maybe three of these guys:

Preview:

Gillette Stadium is not a building that has ever been kind to Toronto FC. The Reds are 2-10-4 all-time on the road against the New England Revolution, winless since 2014.

Last year, the Reds lost 3-2 in Foxborough, allowing Cristian Penilla to score twice in the first seven minutes. They only came within a goal in the 90th minute, when Sebastian Giovinco slotted a penalty (and was then promptly sent off for grabbing Wilfried Zahibo’s face).

So, now would be the perfect time to reverse those fortunes. TFC, eighth in the Eastern Conference but just two points back of fifth, could leapfrog a lot of teams (including the Revs themselves) with a win.

New England is sixth with 38 points (and a worse goal difference than TFC). They beat the Chicago Fire last Sunday to break a three-game winless streak.

Their greatest scoring threat is Spanish attacker Carles Gil, a newcomer to the Revs this year, who has nine goals to his name. They don’t have much else in the way of marquee players to look out for, but TFC know well that they can’t allow themselves to underestimate New England.

It looks like TFC’s got a pretty healthy lineup coming into this one. It’ll be interesting to see how Greg Vanney chooses to deploy his squad — mainly, does he put Alejandro Pozuelo back in the starting eleven? If so, does he also use both of Nicolas Benezet and Erickson Gallardo on his wings?

This could be a make-or-break game for TFC against a close Eastern Conference foe. They’d better make it count.

Team news: injuries & suspensions

Toronto FC: No injuries to speak of, nor any suspensions.

New England Revolution: According to MLS, defender Edgar Castillo will miss out, as will Teal Bunbury.

How to watch

Match time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV channel: TSN 1 & 4, NBC Sports Boston
Live stream: TSN GO, ESPN+
Radio: TSN 1050 (Toronto)