That’s more like it. A compelling 4-1 victory for TFC saw them sweep aside the Revolution and keep their playoff hopes alive for another day.
Goals from Sebastian Giovinco, Lucas Janson, Victor Vazquez and Marky Delgado erased the early one scored by Cristian Penilla as TFC cruised to victory.
The victory, combined with Montreal’s 5-0 defeat to DC United means that TFC are still in it, although it will be extremely tough to scrape into that 6th and final playoff spot.
TFC’s next game will be back at home on October 6th when they welcome Alphonso Davies and the Vancouver Whitecaps to BMO Field.
FT — TFC win!!! 4-1 final score.
90’ — 3 minutes of time to be added on...
89’ — Janson knocks one off the post. Almost a 5th goal for TFC.
87’ — Jay Chapman replaces Jonathan Osorio for TFC’s second substitution.
81’ — Toronto FC 4 - 1 New England Revolution — Alex Bono throws the ball past the halfway line finding Victor Vazquez. Vazquez found Lucas Janson who had his shot saved but the rebound was headed home by Marky Delgado.
77’ — Michael Mancienne drives in a low cross across goal but Osorio sweeps it out for a corner.
74’ — Free kick for TFC but it’s easily caught by Brad Knighton
68’ — Sebastian Giovinco receives the ball from Lucas Janson but shoots wide from about 12 yards out.
65’ — Auro picks up a yellow card.
62’ — Almost a 4th goal for TFC but it’s cleared off the line. 5-0 final score in the DC United vs Montreal Impact game.
59’ — Second Revolution substitution: Wilfried Zahibo comes on for Guillermo Hauche
58’ — Toronto FC 3 - 1 New England Revolution — Victor Vazquez doubles the lead for TFC from the penalty spot.
53’ — Toronto FC 2 - 1 New England Revolution — No doubt about that one! Lucas Janson makes up for the 2 overturned goals and gives TFC the lead! Is there still hope? 5-0 lead for DC United over Montreal as well... Ruthless.
48’ — Jonathan Osorio slots one home for TFC. After a lengthy and controversial VAR review the goal is disallowed.
47’ — Janson puts one home for Toronto but it’s called back for offside. Also - it’s 4-0 to DC United over Montreal now...
46’ — The Revs get us underway again. For what it’s worth, DC United are beating the Montreal Impact 3-0 in the 75th minute right now...
HT — After 3 minutes of stoppage time, the score is 1-1 going into the break. Both teams look capable of winning this match. Andrew Farrell and Victor Vazquez continued their argument down the tunnel by the looks of it.
The Revolution also make their first substitution - Diego Fagundez on for Scott Caldwell.
44’ — TFC players and fans were shouting for a penalty after Lucas Janson was brought down in the box but the referee looks the other way.
39’ — There’s a scrap here on the sidelines in front of the TFC bench. Jonathan Osorio and Andrew Farrell get into it and Osorio picks up the yellow card. Vazquez was also involved.
36’ — Toronto FC 1 - 1 New England Revolution — An incredible bending strike from the edge of the of the area into the top corner ties the game. Sebastian Giovinco is the goalscorer.
33’ — Seba gets a free kick on the edge of the area but skies it over the bar.
28’ — Sebastian Giovinco tries a left-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area but it’s right at Brad Knighton for an easy save
27’ — Justin Morrow is given a yellow card
25’ — Greg Vanney is playing a 4-4-2 but Bradley is dropping further back with each Revolution attack
18’ — Scott Caldwell is given a yellow card
17’ — Altidore was down and receiving treatment before going down the tunnel. TFC are going to make their first change as Lucas Janson is coming in to replace him. The tallest TFC striker now is 5’7...
10’ — Toronto FC 0 - 1 New England Revolution — New England score first. Cristian Penilla smashes it past Bono after a botched clearance.
5’ — Mavinga is down in the box. Looks to be fine but fans definitely had their hearts in their mouths for a second.
1’ — Kickoff: We’re underway here on Armed Forces Appreciation Night. TFC are kicking toward the North end of the pitch.
Looks like a 3-5-2 again tonight for TFC with Bradley in the back 3. Marky Delgado gets the start in midfield as Bradley is pushed back into defence.
New England Revolution:
After losing 2-0 to the New York Red Bulls last time out (I’m still disappointed that nobody liked my New Jersey Scarlet Bos Taurus comment), Toronto FC find themselves on the brink of elimination. Anything less than a win will end their chances at stealing a playoff spot and if any of the teams above them pick up points, their chances at the postseason are also done; they’re only in it mathematically at this point.
The Revolution haven’t lost in over a month (a 1-0 defeat away to Philadelphia — who are currently sitting comfortably in a playoff spot), having drawn against Chicago, LAFC and Portland, with a 1-0 victory away to NYCFC also happening in recent times. Toronto, on the other hand, have lost 3 of their last 4 matches, 1 of which was at home against LAFC. They are looking to win to spoil New England’s chances at the playoffs, but also to boost the morale around BMO Field.
Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore picked up injuries in consecutive matches recently and the status of the forward pair remains unknown, as it does for Drew Moor. My guess is that Seba/ Jozy are more likely to play than Moor, but only time will tell.
There is only one thing TFC is looking to do on Saturday: beat the Revolution.
Team news: injuries & suspensions
Toronto FC: It isn’t clear whether or not Sebastian Giovinco, Jozy Altidore or Drew Moor are healthy enough to play, but apparently Giovinco started training again midweek. All are listed by MLS as “questionable”
New England Revolution: Chris Tierney (torn ACL) is out for the season. Defender Antonio Delamea is suspended for yellow-card accumulation.
How To Watch:
Match date/time: Saturday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. ET
TV channel: TSN 4 (Canada), ESPN+ (New England)