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TORONTO – The New England Revolution (10-9-7, 37 pts.) played Toronto FC (4-12-10, 22 pts.) to a 1-1 draw at a rain-soaked BMO Field in Toronto on Friday night. The road point moved the Revs into sole possession of the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference heading into this weekend’s action.
The Revs got off to a dream start on the road as Diego Fagundez found the back of the net in just the second minute of play.
Kelyn Rowe carved his way into Toronto’s area and let rip a right-footed shot that was blocked down before reaching Toronto goalkeeper Joe Bendik. Rowe collected the loose ball and found Fagundez wide open on the back post who tapped home the pass to give the Revs a 1-0 lead.
Fagundez came close to giving the Revs a two-goal advantage just four minutes later. Again it was Rowe finding the 18-year-old on the corner of Toronto’s 18-yard box with a clever back heel flick. Fagundez took one touch and curled a right-footed shot towards the back post that was cleared away by a diving Bendik.
The Revs looked poised to head into halftime with the lead until a late set piece was awarded to Toronto. After the ball was lumped into the box by Toronto’s Richard Eckersley, the Revs could not clear the loose ball.
Doneil Henry, who found the ball at his feet, slipped the ball to Andrew Wiedeman who took one touch, turned and fired from the top of the six yard box to beat Revs goalkeeper Matt Reis and level the score at 1-1.
A rain-soaked pitch led to a hard fought and chippy second half, but neither team was able to generate any quality scoring chances until late.
Toronto’s Steven Caldwell got on the end of set piece in the 88th minute, flicking a header to the back post that beat Reis, but the goal was disallowed after a foul on Caldwell.
The Revs return to action next Sunday when they host the top team in the East, the Montreal Impact in the first of two regular season meetings between the clubs at Gillette Stadium.