Result of the Saturday October 20, 2007 MLS game between Toronto FC and New England Revolution played at BMO Field in Toronto at 12:30pm.
Toronto FC (all red, white numbers)
..............................39 Kenny Stamatopoulos
24 Tyler Hemming...2 Andrew Boyens...14 Tyrone Marshall...12 Todd Dunivant
................16 Marvel Wynne...33 Carl Robinson (cpt)...6 Maurice Edu
...............20 Andrea Lombardo...93 Jeff Cunningham...21 Collin Samuel
Subs:...?? Sam Reynolds (gk)...9 Danny Dichio (fwd)...11 Jim Brennan (def)...13 Chris Pozniak (mid)...15 David Guzman (mid)...17 Joey Melo (mid)...27 Gabe Gala (def)
head coach Mo Johnston
New England Revolution (all white, black numbers)
...............................1 Matt Reis
..............6 Jay Heaps...15 Michael Parkhurst...4 Avery John
27 Wells Thompson...13 Jeff Larentowicz...21 Shalrie Joseph...18 Khano Smith
..............11 Pat Noonan...14 Steve Ralston (cpt)...20 Taylor Twellman
Subs:...12 Doug Warren (gk)...7 Adam Cristman (fwd)...16 James Riley (def)...22 Marshall Leonard (mid)...25 Andy Dorman (mid)...29 Abdoulie Mansally (mid)...31 Sainey Nyassi (mid)
head coach Steve Nicol
Before the game, Toronto FC gave out awards to different players:
2007 MVPs were the co-captains Jim Brennan and Carl Robinson
Humanitarian Award was given to Chris Pozniak
Defender of the Year was given to Jim Brennan.
Brennan was the only one to give a speech and he told the fans how much the team appreciated their support.
1st Half:...game starts 12:42pm...TFC defend south end on this warm day with a strong gusty wind from the north.
1 min...NE Ralston 28 yard freekick from right has defender pop up header. NE Twellman then curves low 20 yard shot from left to goalie.
4 min...NE Smith cross from 20 yards on left is wide left for goalkick.
5 min...TFC Cunningham can't get to quickly taken freekick from 30 yards on left so ball rolls for goalkick.
6 min...NE goalie charges out to edge of box to catch bouncer.
6 min...TFC YELLOW card...Lombardo for complaining about freekick call against TFC in the center circle.
7 min...TFC Cunningham charges to TFC Wynne's pass from right and his low 20 yard shot is blocked by sliding goalie.
7 min...TFC Robinson low 20 yard shot up middle through crowd of players caught by goalie diving on left post.
9 min...NE Smith back to kick away ball from offside TFC Lombardo.
10 min...TFC Wynne long throw-in from right has TFC Lombardo head 7 yard flick to goalie.
11 min...TFC Samuel low cross from left end line is cleared by defender.
12 min...NE Smith rush down left and cross through box has defender clear for cornerkick.
14 min...NE player has long delay taking cornerkick then cross is over box but NE Smith wins throw-in.,
15 min...NE Ralston stops and cuts cross from 12 yards that goalie catches.
16 min...TFC Wynne rolls 20 yard shot that defender easily blocks.
18 min...TFC Samuel holds off defenders but crosses from left is well over box.
20 min...NE Noonan's 22 yard shot after getting through ball up middle has diving goalie push onto post on left and rolls for cornerkick.
21 min...NE Smith cornerkick from left is through players in box.
23 min...TFC Wynne long throw-in from right has TFC Lombardo chests down over end line for goalkick.
28 min...NE Noonan crosses from right and NE Smith bounces 20 yard shot from left to goalie.
29 min...NE Larentowicz checks TFC player off ball in NE box for cornerkick on right.
29 min...NE goalie picks up loose ball after TFC Robinson cornerkick recross.
32 min...TFC Cunningham holds back and pushes 22 yard pass up middle but defender blocks it and second defender takes possession.
32 min...NE Twellman taps over to charging NE Ralston who slips at 25 yards and rolls ball to goalie.
33 min...TFC Samuel rush on left pushes harmless 20 yarder into box.
34 min...NE Larentowicz dive in box crossing over line.
35 min...TFC goalie steps out to kick ball away from NE Noonan who knocked ball too far forward.
35 min...TFC Robinson hurt in center circle knock to face.
38 min...NE Joseph chips 30 yarder up middle over crowd and goalie catches ahead on NE Noonan.
40 min...TFC Samuel rolls 30 yard shot from left to goalie.
41 min...NE YELLOW card...Thompson for grabbing TFC Dunivant off ball at TFC 30 yard sideline.
42 min...TFC YELLOW card...Robinson for sweeping tackle on TFC Samuel at center circle.
44 min...TFC Edu passes right to TFC Cunningham who runs and crosses from right that deflects off TFC Wynne at 6 yards wide right for goalkick.
45 min...NE Michael Parkhurst GOAL...Parkhurst intercepts pass up middle and chips 55 yard shot up middle over goalie Kenny Stamatopoulos standing on edge of box and into center of net.
48 min...half ends 1:30pm.
2nd Half:...starts 1:45pm.
halftime sub:...TFC Dichio replaces Cunningham.
45 min...NE Heaps cross from 40 yards on right has NE Thompson pop up header on edge of box.
46 min...NE Ralston rush down right and pushes pass that charging defender clears for cornerkick.
47 min...NE Taylor Twellman GOAL...NE Ralston cornerkick from right has NE Twellman head 7 yarder that deflects up off players and TFC Dunivant heads ball into own net from goal line just under bar.
50 min...NE sub...Dorman replaces Thompson.
52 min...TFC sub...Pozniak replaces Lombardo.
52 min...TFC Boyens now wearing head bandage above eye heads ball away inside TFC box.
53 min...NE Joseph cross from right 20 yards has NE Heaps head 10 yarder just over bar onto top of net.
54 min...NE Ralston pushes pass to NE Twellman but sliding defender pushes ball away for throw-in from near right cornerflag.
58 min...TFC Collin Samuel GOAL...TFC Marvell Wynne shot after winning ball from middle hits right goalpost and TFC Samuel kicks in 10 yard shot from right as he slides for shot. Shot is from 8 yards into left corner of net. The goalie had fallen on right side on first shot.
59 min...NE Joseph blasts 30 yard shot over crowd of players well over net.
60 min...NE Ralston cornerkick from left has defender partially clear and NE Smith low shot from 18 yards through box and deflects for cornerkick on right.
63 min...TFC Wynne long throw-in from right has TFC Dichio head ball up and TFC player and NE goalie collide but NE freekick is given.
63 min...TFC Samuel has NE Parkhurst poke ball on rush down left for cornekick.
64 min...TFC Robinson cornerkick from left has TFC Pozniak lean and pop 10 yard header over net.
66 min...NE Parkhurst pokes ball away from TFC player charging into box.
66 min...TFC Dunivant fluffs 7 yard shot from left side of NE box.
67 min...NE Noonan on break on right crosses to NE Ralston in center who controls ball and shoots 18 yarder wide left.
68 min...TFC Boyens boots away NE Noonan short pass in middle.
69 min...NE Noonan rolls cross from 15 yards that TFC Hemming clears wide left for throw-in 3 yards from end line.
70 min...NE Ralston cornerkick from left has ball cleared by TFC Samuel at 15 yards.
71 min...NE Ralston cornerkick from right is over players and NE Dorman swings in ball into box from 35 yards on right that defenders clear.
72 min...TFC Samuel 30 yard freekick up middle is just over bar wide right. That kick was wind aided.
74 min...NE Dorman cross from 20 yards on right is over players.
75 min...NE Smith cross from 15 yards on left is over net.
75 min...NE goalie beats TFC Samuel to gather up through ball down middle.
76 min...TFC Robinson gets back to poke ball off NE player on edge of TFC box.
78 min...TFC Wynne rolls ball through box on pass by TFC Hemming from right and two TFC players can't get to it. TFC Dunivant chips 15 yard cross that defender heads away.
81 min...TFC Robinson 16 yard freekcik from right has TFC player head ball across box and TFC Hemming shoot wide and TFC Marshall's shot from 5 yards on right blocked and defender clears.
82 min...TFC Dichio gives away pass up middle at 22 yards that NE player runs out of box.
83 min...NE sub...Riley replaces Smith.
84 min...NE Noonan rolls 28 yard shot up middle that diving goalie stops.
85 min...NE goalie stops 20 yard shot up middle from TFC Edu.
86 min...TFC Pozniak leaps to head 10 yarder from left back to TFC Samuel whose shot from 18 yards up middle hits defender and deflects for cornekick.
86 min...TFC Pozniak knocks ball on left when he gets cornerkick from right and goalie punches ball away from TFC Dichio's header from 3 yards.
86 min...TFC Marshall heads 10 yarder from left over NE net when TFC Hemming sends in long cross from right sideline.
87 min...NE sub...Cristman replaces Noonan.
90 min...NE players grind away a minute with plays on right sideline.
91 min...TFC Danny Dichio GOAL...TFC Pozniak is upended going for header at NE 22 yards. TFC Robinson heads ball from 22 yards up middle. TFC Dichio turns and shoots 18 yarder into top left corner over leaping goalie.
93 min...TFC Edu and NE goalie collide as NE goalie flies forward to catch ball headed into box.
93:52pm...game ends 2:35pm.
Final Score:...............Toronto FC.......2.............New England Revolution.........2............
Attendance was another sellout but I noticed many empty seats for this final game of the season. I'd estimate just under 10% of the fans didn't show up. Fans were told to arrive earlier for the celebration. There was a coloured card in every seat. We were told to hold them up before the game started and it would provide a special message. This wasn't as organized as North Korea so some people didn't bother and there were a lot more than 10% empty seats before the game started.
Before the game Toronto FC held their first TFC awards.
The 2007 MVPs were co-winners and team captains Jim Brennan and Carl Robinson.
The Humanitarian Award was given to Chris Pozniak.
The Defender of the Year Award was given to Jim Brennan.
Jim Brennan who didn't play in today's game gave a short speech thanking the fans for their support.
Toronto FC played a strong game to come from behind and get the tie. The Revolution had already secured a playoff spot and had handled their two earlier meetings this season with convincing shutout wins in New England. Danny Dichio's injury time game bookended the TFC season as he was the first scorer for the team this season.
I thought the wind played a factor in two of the goals. The Michael Parkhurst goal was from behind the center line and sailed over TFC goalie Kenny Stamatopoulos. The Danny Dichio injury time goal was also into the same net and was over goalie Matt Reis and just under the bar with him just off his line.
After the game the TFC players came over to applaud the fans. They started behind the south end nets and I thought they would just salute the Ultras and Red Patch Boys fan sections in the end zone but then they continued around the edge of the field all the way around the field including my center line Section 108 side. Very impressed. Later I heard that fans pushed their way onto the field which earlier in the year would have resulted in arrests but for this season ending game, the police just looked the other way as many hundreds of fans whooped it up on the field. I would like to 'feel' the field turf to compare it with the other pitches around the city but I had already left to drive uptown to see the CSL Semi-Final in North York.
Game statistics from MLS.com New England Revolution (14-8-8) vs. Toronto FC (6-17-7) October 19, 2007 -- BMO Field Scoring Summary: NE -- Michael Parkhurst 1 (unassisted) 47+ NE -- Taylor Twellman 16 (Steve Ralston 14) 47 TOR -- Collin Samuel 3 (unassisted) 59 TOR -- Danny Dichio 6 (Carl Robinson 4) 92+ New England Revolution -- Matt Reis, Jay Heaps, Avery John, Michael Parkhurst, Steve Ralston, Wells Thompson (Andy Dorman 51), Shalrie Joseph, Jeff Larentowicz, Khano Smith, Pat Noonan (Adam Cristman 88), Taylor Twellman. Substitutes Not Used: Marshall Leonard, Abdoulie Mansally, Sainey Nyassi, James Riley, Doug Warren Toronto FC -- Kenny Stamatopoulos, Andrew Boyens, Tyrone Marshall, Todd Dunivant, Marvell Wynne, Maurice Edu, Tyler Hemming, Carl Robinson, Andrea Lombardo (Chris Pozniak 52), Jeff Cunningham (Danny Dichio 46), Collin Samuel. Substitutes Not Used: Jim Brennan, Gabe Gala, David Guzman, Joey Melo, Sam Reynolds Toronto FC New England Revolution total shots: 10 (Collin Samuel 5) 8 (Pat Noonan 2, Taylor Twellman 2) shots on goal: 6 (Collin Samuel 3) 5 (Taylor Twellman 2) fouls: 17 (Maurice Edu 5) 9 (Khano Smith 3) offsides: 3 (Jeff Cunningham 2) 3 (Pat Noonan 2) corner kicks: 3 (Carl Robinson 3) 7 (Steve Ralston 7) saves: 3 (Kenny Stamatopoulos 3) 4 (Matt Reis 4) Misconduct Summary: TOR -- Andrea Lombardo (caution; Delaying a Restart) 7 NE -- Wells Thompson (caution; Pushing, Holding) 42 TOR -- Carl Robinson (caution; Reckless Foul) 43 referee: Steven DePiero Referee's Assistants: George Gansner; Nate Clement 4th official: Paul Ward time of game: 1:53 attendance: 20,374 weather: Partly Cloudy -and- 61 degrees All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial
Toronto FC starters
New England starters
There was a long delay in taking this cornerkick.
Revolution's Shalrie Joseph moves over the center line.
Revs goalie Matt Reis looks on as Danny Dichio has just scored an injury time goal to tie the game.
Toronto FC players do a post game walk around the entire field to thank all the fans.
Wow they walk right by the fans in Section 108.
Tyrone Marshall shakes hands with some of the fans.
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