The Revolution had to settle for a 1-1 tie against Toronto FC on Friday night at BMO Field.
With a chance to extend their winning streak to three games and continue their climb up the conference standings, the Revolution were unable to hold onto a lead set up by Diego Fagundez in the early minutes of the game. Instead, Toronto leveled the game in first half stoppage time through Andrew Wiedeman, who netted his second goal of the season.
Fagundez poked in a feed from Kelyn Rowe, who drove through the penalty area single handedly in the second minute. Rowe first fired a shot that got blocked, then picked up the rebound and played the ball across the penalty area to an open Fagundez who finished easily.
in the sixth minute, Fagundez had a chance to double the Revolution's lead, but saw his curling effort get tipped away by Toronto goalkeeper Joe Bendik. That was the Revolution's last meaningful attack of the half.
Toronto took over, bossing possession and working the ball into the Revolution's penalty area. In the first half stoppage time, they were rewarded for their high pressure when Wiedeman equalized off a freekick.
He pummeled an uncleared ball offa long freekick by Doneil Henry past Matt Reis to tie the game and stun the Revolution, who were trying to walk into halftime with their lead in tact.
The game was much more open in the second half, as both teams began using the flanks and Toronto's monopoly on possession ended. Each side protested a refereeing decision by Fotis Bozakos that could have changed the result of the game.
First, Dimitry Imbongo was dragged down in the penalty area by Steven Caldwell in the 72nd minute. The Revolution protested for a penalty call, but were given nothing.
Then, Caldwell appeared to score the go-ahead goal when he headed in a cross off a freekick in the 88th minute. But Bazakos took the goal away because Caldwell elbowed AJ Soares before his head made contact with the ball.
Juan Agudelo left the game in the 78th minute with what appeared to be a leg injury. His status is still unclear.
Both teams will feel that officiating decided the outcome of the game rather than the play on the field. However, the Revolution should feel more disappointed since they basically rolled over after Fagundez opened the scoring as they allowed Toronto to dictate the tempo in the first half.
The game, which was certainly winnable for New England, was a chance to hop over Philadelphia in the conference standings and solidify their position in the playoff race. A tie will keep them in fifth place and change very little in what has been a wide open playoff chase in the Eastern Conference since July.
The Revolution can take solace in the fact that their next game is at home against Montreal, the conference's top team. The Revolution are just four points from first place, so a win next weekend could erase this lackluster result versus Toronto.
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