Another New England game and once again they were held scoreless as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Toronto last night at Gillette Stadium.
New England (3-7-5), which has the fewest goals (11) in MLS this season ran its winless streak to five matches (0-4-1), while Toronto (2-5-9) extended its own winless slump to seven (0-2-5).
In the second half against the Red Bulls last week, the Revs looked much more dangerous going forward in a 4-4-2 formation and it was good to see Steve Nicol start with that formation against TFC. Kenny Mansally partnered Rajko Lekic up front, while Shalrie Joseph and Pat Phelan formed the central midfield pairing.
The new formation worked as the Revs created some offense with seven shots and six corner kicks. But it was Toronto who came the closest to scoring in the 36th minute when Gordon’s header was cleared off the line by Alston.
Revs made a change at half-time as Nicol brought on Sainey Nyassi replaced Zak Boggs and the move almost paid immediate dividends as Nyassi set up Joseph for shot that Frei briefly fumbled, before recovering just as Tierney made a bid to pounce on the rebound.
Eight minutes later Lekic went close for the Revolution, side-footing Alston’s looping cross wide of the far post from the left side of the box. The Danish striker almost got on the end of Mansally’s low cross in the 71st minute but the curling pass was just out of his reach.
TFC threatened to steal a late winner in the 85th minute when Gordon’s header flew inches wide of the right post following a short corner kick.
The Revs will close out their brief two-game home-stand in just a few days time when they host another Eastern Conference rival, the Chicago Fire, on Saturday, June 18. Kickoff from Gillette Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m.