The South Couch Report – New England v Toronto

New England Revolution as the Tea Men

I have no predictions, as I was busy.  And I’ll be fair, I know how it ended (thanks Twitter!) but as a “respected” “journalist” and “blogger” [Added the quotes, you’re welcome ~Ed.], a match report will be filed.

On to the Match :

3’ – Rowe has a go forcing Bono to make a lunging save low and to his right.

4’ – was there foreshadowing for the game by blaming the turf so early?

6’ – Vazquez gets on the end of a very pretty Edwards cross but heads it over the bar.

7’ – Rowe gets on the end of cross and beats Bono, but was offside.

17’ – GOAL – From a corner, Lee Nyugen finds Angoua wide open and buries a header from 14 yards out.

24’ – Morrow breaks down the left side takes a shot beats the keeper but hits the post. Rebound comes out and finds Edwards but he can’t control it. Tragic.

34’ – Cooper has a go from 25 yards and beats the keeper but not the crossbar. So tragic.

36’ – is this where it goes sideways? Kamara takes a ball on the wing wide open but fires into the side netting.

41’ –  Rowe takes a ball from Fagundez, slots is brilliantly past Bono, the linesman calls it offside when it wasn’t.

42’ – Vazquez loops a ball over to Beitashour who cuts it back looking for Edwards but the keeper gathers it up.

43’ – Fagundez takes a beauty of a pass on a full volley wide open in front of goal but his control puts it over the bar.

Halftime Mood : it’s not terrible

64’ – SUB – Zavaleta off for Osorio

65’ – Agudelo and Fagundez to a pretty one-two and Bono makes a tremendous stop on Agudelo

66’ – GOAL – Fagundez passes to Agudelo, turns and lays it off for Fagundez, takes a touch and then rifles it past Bono.

69’ – SUB – Vazquez off for Hamilton

76’ – Giovinco chips over three markers to find the leaping head of Osorio but fires just wide.

82’ – SUB – Cooper off for Chapman

85’ – GOAL – Nguyen ball to Agudelo, Agudelo finds Fagundez who fires it and hits the cross bar, bounces a second time on the cross bar, comes down and Agudelo heads it in.

3 mins of extra time

90+3’ – Row rolls a ball right across the face of goal from 5 yards out and somehow none of the 6 players near by got a touch on it.

Full Time : New England 3, Toronto 0

Man of the Match : Fagundez.  To pick a Toronto player, probably Bono

Goat of the Game : is Moor fair? He looked like he was caught out a few times. So was Zavaleta once, but he had a stronger game overall.

Ref Rating : 4 out of 5.

I Am Not the Gaffer But : I’m torn. They didn’t attack poorly, just no goals. And the second goal not a minute after switching tactics was bizarre.

In Case You PVR’d It : Watch the first half, and skip to the last 20 minutes.

I feel as if I’m about to be an apologist, and that’s not my intention, but aside from the scoreline, it wasn’t that bad.  There were times that they took their foot off the gas, gave away the ball in some poor positions, but many of those moments didn’t result in catastrophe.  “What if” is often a game played with supporters and viewers in matches like this, because ‘what if Osorio’s header had gone in/Cooper’s long range shot dipped half a centimeter/Vazquez’s header hit the mark’ it would’ve, could’ve and should’ve been 3 points going the other direction.

I will say that though Toronto’s defense was suspect at times, however New England’s attack was excellent and deserved every single goal that they scored.  They created many chances, and had they converted them all, the scoreline could’ve been double.

Maybe I’m still tired.  I don’t know.

Player Ratings : Bono, 6.5 Mavinga 6, Moor 5.5, Zavaleta 6 (Osorio 6), Cheyrou 6, Beitashour 6.5, Morrow 6.5, Vazquez 6 (Hamilton N/A), Cooper 6 (Chapman N/A), Edwards 6, Giovinco 6

Author: Mark Hinkley

Mark is a full-time graphic designer, full-time smart ass and full-time logo, stadium and kit nerd. When he isn't writing ridiculous match reports or redesigning logos for his own amusement, he's salivating over the day that promotion and relegation occurs in MLS. You can follow him @kitnerdmark on the twitterz.

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  1. Missing Bradley terribly. He holds up the defemce and brings some stick to the midfield so the offense will go forward. VV and Coop don’t defend so Cheyrou was in tough and Moor even tougher.

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