TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 23: Terry Dunfield #23 of Toronto FC blocks the shot of Chris Tierney #8 of the New England Revolution at BMO Field June 23, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

Revolution 2, Toronto 2: Chris Tierney's Late Goal Steals A Point For New England

The New England Revolution started slow but executed a dramatic comeback in the second half to draw 2-2 at Toronto FC on Saturday Night. Chris Tierney's late goal sealed the result.

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Revolution Vs. Toronto: 2-2 The Final As Tierney Steals A Point At The Death

They left it late and made the fans sweat, but the New England Revolution scored with almost the last action of the match to draw 2-2 with Toronto FC at BMO Field on Saturday night. The draw improves the Revs record to 5-7-3, but leaves them still searching for their first ever win in Toronto.

Toronto took the lead early when Danny Koevermans took advantage of a defensive miscue by the Revs to power a header home at the far post. New England started to work back into the game after that, and wasted great chances due to the profligate finishing of Diego Fagundez and Kelyn Rowe.

It was the Reds who made the next breakthrough, however. Ashtone Morgan, who had success down the left flank for the whole first half, crossed to Ryan Johnson at the far post, who benefited from a dummy header by Koevermans to wrong-foot the Revs defense and put the ball in the back of the net.

New England came out flat in the second half but started to pull their way back into the game after changing from their usual flat 4-4-2 to an attacking 4-3-3. In the 71st minute, the move paid off. Benny Feilhaber ripped a half-volley on frame that Toronto keeper Milos Kocic spilled, allowing substitute Blake Brettschneider to swoop in and tuck it home.

As the end drew nearer, the Revs started peppering the Toronto goal and forcing the Reds further and further into a defensive shell. Chris Tierney forced another good save out of Kocic from a free kick, Saer Sene fired just off target from a great spot in the box, Feilhaber hit the post from just inside the area with a great low shot.

Finally, though, the Revs got the game-tying goal. Florian Lechner, who had a great second half against Ashtone Morgan on the flank, got down to the byline and floated in a cross. Tierney attacked it and drilled a header into the turf in front of goal and the ball then trickled in. The goal came four minutes into stoppage time, leaving Toronto just about no time to try and get the winner.

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Revolution Vs. Toronto: Brettschneider Claws One Back For New England, Down 2-1

It took 71 minutes, but the New England Revolution finally made their chances count against Toronto FC and managed to put one in the back of the net. Substitute Blake Brettschneider cleaned up a rebound to give the visitors a way back into the match at 2-1.

Benny Feilhaber received the ball in space about 22 yards out. The ball bounded slightly, but he unleashed a blistering half-volley anyway that forced Kocic into a falling parry. He didn't manage to get it away, though, and Blake Brettschneider was on hand to clean up the trash around the net. Toronto players had shouts for offside, but in the end Brettschneider was awarded the goal.

New England switched up their tactics a bit prior to the goal, bringing on Brettschneider for Clyde Simms and morphing into a high-tempo, aggressive 4-3-3 with the substitute playing as a target forward.

For more Revolution coverage, visit our team page and blog, The Bent Musket.


Revolution Vs. Toronto Score Update: Ryan Johnson Puts Toronto Ahead 2-0 Going Into Half

Things have gone from bad to worse for the New England Revolution at BMO Field as hosts Toronto FC doubled their advantage through Jamaican striker Ryan Johnson, leading 2-0. The Revolution managed to get the better of play in the middle of the first half but defensive lapses once again saw them concede a goal from a left-side cross.

Ashtone Morgan found himself in acres of space down the left and played another long cross towards goal. Danny Koevermans dove for a header at the near post but missed, but his attempt forced Matt Reis to commit to that post. The ball continued on to the far post, where Ryan Johnson surged in front of A.J. Soares and powered it home from point-blank. Johnson's run from deep was not picked up, and it appeared a miscommunication or blown assignment between Soares and Kelyn Rowe was the culprit.

New England nearly clawed one back with nearly the last kick of the half when Stephen McCarthy headed a Benny Feilhaber corner on frame from the near post, but Toronto goalkeeper Milos Kocic made an impressive save to keep the Revs off the scoreboard.

Right back Kevin Alston was replaced in the 40th minute by Florian Lechner. Alston appeared to injure himself in a challenge with Julian DeGuzman.

For more Revolution coverage, visit our team page and blog, The Bent Musket.


Revolution Vs. Toronto: Koevermans Strikes Early, New England Down 0-1

The New England Revolution haven't had a whole lot of luck historically at BMO Field, and it looks as though that luck shows few signs of changing. The hosts wasted no time drawing first blood, getting on board in just the fourth minute through designated player Danny Koevermans.

Left-back Ashtone Morgan blazed his way down the left flank, shadowed by Kevin Alston, and managed a good cross into the six-yard box. A.J. Soares was covering Koevermans, but appeared to have a miscommunication with Matt Reis. The 'keeper came halfway out to claim the ball but then pulled back, while Soares barely leaped for the ball, allowing the dutch striker to tower over Soares and thump his header into the bottom corner.

Toronto FC had kept up significant pressure at the outset of the match, taking the time to truly assert their position as the home team. This is not the start the Revolution would have been hoping for, and they will have a mountain to climb to pull themselves back into the match.

For more Revolution coverage, visit our team page and blog, The Bent Musket.

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