Toronto FC-Revolution Preview
It's been a little more than a year since Toronto FC won back-to-back MLS games, and ending that drought could be difficult given the way the New England Revolution are playing
The Revolution are seeking to tie their longest win streak of the season when Toronto visits Sunday night.
Toronto FC (3-10-8) snapped a six-game winless skid in thrilling fashion last Saturday and ended the MLS' longest scoreless streak of the season. After Jonathan Osorio's tying score in the 87th minute snapped a 420-minute drought, Andrew Wiedeman's stoppage-time goal gave the club a 2-1 victory over visiting Columbus.
"We need more victories like that. It was such a great feeling," defender Steven Caldwell said.
Toronto hasn't claimed consecutive victories since taking three straight July 11-18, 2012, which included a 1-0 win in New England on July 14. That win streak was the club's only one in 2012.
"It's a great opportunity this week to build on (our win). New England is a side that we think we can beat. We'll be going there full of confidence," forward Jeremy Brockie said.
While it might feel confident, Toronto is just 1-7-2 on the road this season and lost 2-0 at Gillette Stadium on May 25 in the lone matchup this season. Diego Fagundez gave his team all the scoring it would need with a goal in the 23rd minute and Juan Agudelo added a late score.
That win was part of New England's most recent three-game MLS streak from May 18-June 2.
"They're on a high after that win against Columbus, so they're going to come in with some confidence," New England midfielder Lee Nguyen said. "We can't let them hang around. We've got to come out right away and put a statement on the game."
Fagundez, the team leader with seven goals, scored in both of the Revolution's victories the past two weeks. His goal in the 63rd minute last Saturday finished off a 2-1 comeback victory over D.C. United.
Dimitry Imbongo tallied the tying goal in the 54th minute.
"I think we're a strong group, a resilient group," coach Jay Heaps said. "We're starting to learn as the season unfolds."
The Revolution (8-7-6) are playing their first home game since a 2-1 loss to Houston on July 13 snapped a five-game Gillette Stadium unbeaten run (3-0-2).
"We have a lot of confidence. Playing on the road is not easy but we showed we could win there," forward Saer Sene said. "Now we've to come home ... and play with confidence and win the game."
It's unknown if recently signed Jonas Elmer will make his Toronto debut Sunday. The defender has spent the past seven seasons playing in his native Switzerland.
Spanish midfielder Alvaro Rey, signed July 25, could make his first start for Toronto. He played 14 minutes in last week's win.