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New England Revolution 2-1 Toronto FC: The good, the bad & the ugly

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MLS: Toronto FC at New England Revolution Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

Small victory: Toronto played better than they did on Wednesday night… it’s a good thing that I am not superstitious. Otherwise, I might believe that failing to wear my lucky TFC shirt had something to do with this loss… Victor Vazquez’s cheeky pass that led to Tosaint Rickett’s offside goal… the Minutemen, with their muskets, at Gillette Stadium… the fact that New Englanders (especially around the Boston area) really celebrate their history… Michael Bradley’s 32nd-minute tackle on Diego Fagundez. It stopped a sure scoring chance… the supporters group named ‘Midnight Riders’ – another homage to the birth of their nation… both Nicolas Hasler and Michael Bradley refused to offer any excuses for the loss. To both men, the loss was unacceptable regardless of the schedule, travel, injuries, playing conditions, or my attire… eating a Dunkin’ Donuts apple fritter. It’s a mind-altering experience… Justin Morrow’s foot. In the second half, it deflected a pass that probably would have led to a Juan Agudelo goal… Cody Cropper screaming at his defence, “Come on boys! Keep f***ing fighting!” Or was he screaming at the Minutemen? Someone tell Cody that we’re not in 1776 anymore… the chance to celebrate a Supporters’ Shield win at home. Conspiracy Theorist says that TFC was just playing for the tie in order to clinch at BMO… Bradley’s pass to Hasler. Shades of Dennis Bergkamp. Except, Bradley is not afraid of airplanes (knock on wood).

The Bad

Repeated replays of the game against the Impact. No need to rub it in… Osorio playing on the left side. Again!… those screechy kids and their “Re-vo-lu-tion” chant… Agudelo’s dive in the first half. Morrow didn’t even touch him… DD’s coffee. Might as well chew a handful of raw coffee beans… VV’s pass back to Beitashour in the 63rd minute. It was a horrible decision. Kei Kamara was all over Beita… Kristian Jack’s distance tracker on Michael Bradley. It kept running when Bradley wasn’t… the free-kick against Armando Cooper that led to Lee Nguyen’s goal. Cooper can’t catch a break. The ref blew that call… the latest installment of ‘Steven Caldwell invents a new word’: dynamicism… Vazquez getting an unnecessary yellow for yapping. Guess his fever returned mid-game and caused him to lose his senses… Toto’s ‘Africa’ playing in Gillette Stadium at the start of the second half. No issue with it being an old song. It’s just a bad song.

The Ugly

This one is too easy: the bloody pitch! It made Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium look like Wembley. Maybe Jay Heaps was also responsible for scrubbing the football lines?… not placing men on the posts during corner kicks. It infuriates me! Especially when the defending team has no aerial presence… Claude Dielna’s reckless hack to Ricketts’ knees. He should have been carded… the host network’s feed. CSN-NE just won the Emmy for ‘Worst Abuse of Unnecessary Close-ups’. Here are the final numbers: Tom Soehn (11); Kamara (10); Cropper (9); Vanney (7); Raheem Edwards (7); Fagundez (6). TSN isn’t even that bad (knock on wood).