Through most of the first half it looked like the Revolution were going to steal three points from one of the best teams in the league. But after Toronto converted on a quick counter, the game was mostly flipped on its head. New England was able to put themselves in the position to even things out again, but the self-infliction of missing a penalty was too much to bring them even again.
Let's look at the starting 11...
[caption id="attachment_588025" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Headshots from revolutionsoccer.net.[/caption]
With Gustavo Bou out of the starting lineup with a minor injury, Adam Buksa found his way back in at the lone forward position. Diego Fagundez and Tajon Buchanan started on the wings. In the center midfield it was Lee Nguyen, Tommy McNamara, and Scott Caldwell. Across the back (from left to right) it was DeJuan Jones, Henry Kessler, Andrew Farrell, and Brandon Bye. Matt Turner started in goal.
For the first 20 minutes of the game, I thought the story of the game was going to be the fact that the Revolution came out to attack Toronto and beat them in every phase of the game. And then Toronto tallied their second counter chance of the game in the 24th minute. At that point, I began to think more about TFC's outlook on the game. Maybe they were happy to sit back and let Arena's guys knock the ball around them. Maybe they were happy to sit back and spring Ayo Akinola against one of the Revolution center backs when the rest of the back line was caught high.
And then they converted only five minutes later on their third counter chance of the game; this was all within a half-hour time window.
See all of their counter chances (4) in the video below.