New England, Toronto Play Out Physical 0-0 Draw

Posted In Match Previews and Reviews - By Joey Samuel On Wednesday, June 15th, 2011 With 0 Comments

In a game where both teams desperately needed three points, the New England Revolution and Toronto FC each ended up with only one. The Revolution and the Reds played to a scoreless draw Wednesday night in a physical game at Gillette Stadium.

New England came out with a formation different to that of their usual 4-5-1, as coach Steve Nicol used a 4-4-2 due to a number of injuries that the team was suffering from. Kenny Mansally, usually a substitute, started up top with Rajko Lekic. Toronto went with their usual 4-3-3 with attacking talents like Maicon Santos, Joao Plata, and Alan Gordon leading the way.

Neither team was able to get onto the scoreboard despite a few good chances on both sides of the field. One of the best chances of the game belonged to Gordon, whose header was cleared off the line in the 36th minute by New England right back Kevin Alston. Lekic also missed a clear chance on goal for the Revs.

In second-half stoppage time, Toronto defender Gianluca Zavarise was sent off for a second yellow card, but the Reds were able to hold on to the scoreless draw.

Toronto will probably come out the happier of the sides, as they were the away team and the team is at least continuing to collect points. It was their third consecutive draw after a dramatic 2-2 away result last weekend against the LA Galaxy. New England had lost four straight games coming in, but will be disappointed that they couldn’t take advantage of a home game against a team like Toronto.

New England will return to their home field this Saturday when they take on the Chicago Fire. Toronto return home as well to host the Seattle Sounders at BMO Field.

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