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The good, the bad & the ugly: New England Revolution 3-0 Toronto FC

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A committed couch potato’s view of a humbling at Gillette Stadium.

MLS: Toronto FC at New England Revolution Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

MLS: Toronto FC at New England Revolution Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The game is over… Alex Bono’s save on Juan Agudelo in the second half… Armando Cooper’s haircut. It’s about time… the pass from Victor Vazquez that led to Justin Morrow’s shot off the post… Cooper’s strike off the crossbar… we only have to wait a few weeks to exact revenge (return match is on June 23)… Kelyn Rowe’s hair. Not a strand out of place. Like a Ken doll.

The Bad

MLS: Toronto FC at New England Revolution Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

No Tosaint Ricketts to deliver us from defeat… much like ‘Drew Moor’, why did Luke Wileman, Steven Caldwell and Terry Dunfield feel the need to always say Lee Nguyen’s entire name… did anyone see Sebastian Giovinco during the first 30 minutes?… Vazquez’s second careless giveaway in consecutive games. Same thing: a horizontal pass from the left touchline into the middle. This time it led to Cooper’s yellow card… did anyone see Giovinco during the last 30 minutes?… proof that the 3-5-2, against a fast team, is dangerous without Michael Bradley… Giovinco’s stop, drop and roll attempt to draw a penalty… playing Raheem Edwards on the right side. I lost count of the number of times he tried to shift the ball to his left foot… the ‘Re-vo-lu-tion’ chant sounds too much like ‘Let’s go Blue Jays’… several weak clearances by Bono… not a fan of changing the appearance of corner flags. They should be decorated with the home team’s logo, and nothing more… Greg Vanney’s shirt has been defeated. Probably overdue. That left collar was starting to curl in on itself.

The Ugly

MLS: Toronto FC at New England Revolution Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

To date, this was TFC’s worst defensive display of the season (thanks, Captain Obvious!)… Chris Mavinga’s play in the first half. Does he know which side is left?… Eriq Zavaleta and Cooper playing keystone cops and almost colliding with each other as Diego Fagundez completely undressed them… the supporter signs at Gillette Stadium. They all looked like they were painted by a fifth-grade class… Vanney, and assistant coach Robin Fraser, looking bewildered on the bench… Fagundez placing the entire TFC backline into a trance several times during the match… ‘Drew Moor’ running in circles and losing his place in the space-time continuum… Jozy Altidore wasn’t even in the U.S. line-up against Venezuela. (Hope that he is okay, though)… where the heck was the defence on New England’s second goal?… the dry artificial turf. More rubber flying through the air than an Indy car race… Bono’s beard… ‘Lee Nguyen’s’ hair.