By Danny Picard
FOXBORO -- Rookie midfielder Jason Griffiths made his MLS debut on Sunday night after signing with the Revolution during the week. Griffiths had previously seen time as a trialist, back on May 19 against Benfica.
But officially, Griffiths made his first MLS appearance in the 81st minute on Sunday, replacing forward Zack Schilawski.
In a 1-0 game in which the Revs needed a goal to tie, Griffiths was surprised to have been called upon to replace the team's leading goal scorer.
"They told me to go warm up, and I was kind of surprised, but excited," said Griffiths. "So I just went and warmed up, and when I got in I was happy, tried and help the boys get a goal."
Griffiths moved into his usual midfield role when he entered the match, and Revs coach Steve Nicol moved Shalrie Joseph up front, putting pressure on a Chicago team that was stacking 10 players in the box in the final minutes.
"By that stage, obviously we want to try and play football and play through Chicago, and run with all the rest of them," said Nicol after the loss. "When you get into the last 10 minutes of the game, and they're setting back and it's getting desperate, we're basically hoping that Shalrie Joseph can get on the end of something.
"If you ask their back four, they wouldn't want to see Shalrie up against them for balls in the box."
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TORONTO - Drew Moor scored early and Sebastian Giovinco struck late and Toronto FC overcame a tight schedule turnaround to beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Friday night.
Toronto was coming off a 1-1 tie Wednesday night in Montreal in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final. The Revs had been off since a 2-1 home loss to Chicago on Saturday.
Moor's 11th-minute goal looked to be enough, with Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono preserving the win with a save on Teal Bunbury's header in the 88th minute. But Giovinco added an insurance goal deep into stoppage time, bringing down a high ball before beating a defender and banging a left-footed shot home for his 50th goal in MLS regular-season and playoff action.
MLS leading Toronto (10-2-5) has won seven straight at home. New England (5-7-5) is 0-6-3 on the road.
Nemanja Nikolic and Luis Solignac scored and the Chicago Fire handed the New England Revolution their first home loss of the season, 2-1 on Saturday night.
Nikolic scored his MLS-leading 13th goal in the 18th minute, beating an offside trap and, after having his initial shot blocked by goalie Cody Cropper, firing in the rebound.
Three quick passes found Solignac in front of the goal as he finished from close range in the 61st for his fourth goal.
New England scored in the 70th when Juan Agudelo kept the ball alive with a header off a cross with Antonio Mlinar Delamea then heading in the ball for his first MLS goal.
New England, which outshot Chicago 24-8, spent the remaining minutes on the attack but failed to get the equalizer despite several frantic moments in front of Chicago's net.
New England (5-6-5) had five wins and two draws at home before the loss. Chicago (9-3-4) is unbeaten in eight matches.