July 14, 2012
TFC wins its second straight
By RICHARD MAUNTAH, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Toronto FC scored a major win and a major loss in New England on Saturday.
One of the gutsiest defensive performances of the season, withstanding a second-half of constant pressure preserved a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution after an early goal put it ahead. But the club may have lost the one player that has contributed more to their good play of late than anyone else.
A freak turn on the Gillette Stadium turf sent Danny Koevermans falling to the ground clutching his knee in obvious pain. His future this season is in doubt.
The injury occurred in the 38th minute when Koevermans was to take a shot and was challenged by A.J. Soares, who was able to nudge the ball off Koevermans for a corner. But in the contact, Koevermans’ leg landed awkwardly and he appeared to twist his knee.
The injury dampened a good road performance for Toronto FC. On a few occasions, TFC broke through the Revolution defence for clear shots on goal. Luis Silva made no mistake on his chance in the seventh minute, working a nice give and go with Koevermans and sliding a shot pass Bobby Shuttleworth to give TFC the lead.
A few minutes later, Ashtone Morgan sent Koevermans alone but his shot went wide. Midway through the half, Koevermans set up Ryan Johnson whose shot was saved by Shuttleworth.
Koevermans’ injury opened the door for Andrew Wiedeman, who came to TFC yesterday from FC Dallas in the trade that sent Canadian international Julian de Guzman south, to see his first action.
The second half was played almost entirely in Toronto FC’s half of play. Lee Nguyen, Benny Feilhaber, Fernando Cardenas, and Saer Sene all had numerous opportunities to equalize for the Revolution.
However, strong play in the back end particularly from Richard Eckersley and Logan Emory in the centre back positions prevented many balls from getting to goalkeeper Milos Kocic.
But TFC couldn’t stop everything, so Kocic was forced to make several good saves. He stopped a good shot by Feilhaber midway through the half then immediately made a stop on a shot by Sene. With 10 minutes remaining, Jerry Bengtson headed a ball from close range that Kocic had to react quickly to keep out. Joseph took the rebound into the net but did so with his hand earning nothing more than a yellow card for his efforts.
Toronto FC had a few opportunities to extend the lead, the best being a late effort from Silva that was saved by Shuttleworth, but the half belonged to its defensive efforts.
It is the first two-game winning streak for Toronto FC (4-11-4) who will try to extend their good run against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday at BMO Field.