Aug 23, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution midfielder/forward Lee Nguyen (24) controls the ball during the second half against Chivas USA at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Halftime Report: New England Revolution 2-0 over Toronto FC

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The New England Revolution forced two big turnovers and capitalized each time. Goals coming from Lee Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe made the score 2-0 after 21 minutes. The goal from Nguyen came in the second minute of play, the Revolution’s fastest goal all season long.

Nguyen has both a goal and assist this first half, proving once again, just how valuable he truly is to the team. For everyone who owns Nguyen in MLS Fantasy Soccer Manager, you must be thankful for the points provided by him.

Toronto FC’s midfield looks terrible and cannot contain the outside runs by the Revolution.

Gilberto continues to tackle hard, and is very close to receiving a yellow card if he does not proceed with caution.

Both goals from the Revs were deep shots and could have and should have been saved by TFC’s goalkeeper.

Probably the biggest disappointment from the first half, was how Michael Bradley caused both Revolution goals to occur. His lack of defense and laziness, allowed Rowe and Nguyen to score goals from well outside the 18-yard box. Even the announcers for the match are upset with Bradley’s play, especially with how dangerous he normally can be.

First Half Stats:

Shooting

NE: 9 total shots, 3 on target

TFC: 4 total shots, 0 on target

Passing:

NE: 63% passes completed, 130 total passes completed.

TFC: 78% passes completed, 224 total passes completed.

NE: 9 Crosses

TFC: 9 Crosses

NE: 4 Corners

TFC: 2 Corners

 

Overall, TFC needs a lot of production from the midfield, as the Revs have yet to see any signs of being stopped. Bradley needs to step-up and shut down central play, especially with Jermaine Jones likely to enter the match within the first few minutes of the second half.

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