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Toronto FC vs. New England Revolution Pick & Prediction JUL 30TH 2022

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The New England Revolution will play host to Toronto FC Saturday night in a matchup of teams battling to get back into the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Toronto (6-12-4, 22 points) might be 13th in the conference standings, but if their 4-0 victory over Charlotte FC last Saturday is any indication, upward mobility is possible.

New Toronto FC signees Federico Bernardeschi and Lorenzo Insigne made their debut and had an immediate impact, with Bernardeschi scoring a goal and an assist and Insigne registering an assist.

"Hopefully we can keep building on that," head coach Bob Bradley said. "We would hardly pretend that after a couple of days with these guys, and there we are. Even at halftime, we remind them that there's still some moments where we're a little careless with the ball and we have to deal with transition. I see it all, but there was a lot of positives."

That doesn't bode well for New England (6-7-8, 26 points) because Toronto has won its last two away games at the Revolution. However, Toronto is 0-7-3 on the road this season.

Toronto FC's Mark-Anthony Kaye left the game against Charlotte with a lower-body injury early and missed the Canadian Championship final mid-week, which the Vancouver Whitecaps won in a penalty shootout. Kaye is questionable for Saturday.

The Revolution (4-2-4 at home) have struggled as of late, failing to win in their last five games (0-2-3). New England drew on the road against the Columbus Crew 0-0 last Saturday. The club's newest designated player, Giacomo Vrioni, made his debut in the second half and logged 23 minutes.

"He's energetic," midfielder Matt Polster said after the game. "You could see within the match that he's willing to battle up top. In MLS, there's big center backs, and you're going to have to grind in moments. It's not going to be easy. ... I thought he did really well."

The Revolution could use Vrioni's goal-scoring impact as they continue to push for a playoff berth, especially with the news that they loaned forward Jozy Altidore to Puebla in Liga MX this week.

Vrioni spent the 2021-22 season on loan at WSG Tirol in the Austrian Bundesliga and scored 19 goals, good for joint top scorer in the league.

--Field Level Media

Toronto FC vs. New England Revolution

Ayo Akinola's first-half strike gave Toronto FC a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution on Wednesday in Foxborough, Mass.

In the 29th minute, Revolution defender Andrew Farrell seemingly outpaced Akinola to a long ball sent downfield, but Akinola took possession after a firm bump to muscle Farrell off balance.

From there, Akinola had plenty of room to convert his team-leading eighth goal of the season. There was no review of the play, despite the New England sideline's argument that Akinola shoved Farrell.

The victory puts Toronto (10-2-4, 34 points) in first place in the overall league standings. Toronto FC won their only Supporters' Shield in 2017, when the club also won the MLS Cup.

Toronto FC have won their last four games and are 5-0-1 over their past six.

The Revolution entered the game on a four-game unbeaten streak (2-0-2) of their own, but they endured another setback on their home field. New England is 1-2-5 at home this season and has been shut out in five of those eight games.

The Revs (5-4-7, 22 points) came closest to equalizing when they were awarded a penalty kick in the 69th minute, but striker Adam Buksa's shot sailed well over the net.

Cristian Penilla had another close call for New England in the 82nd minute on a shot from outside the box that went just wide of the post.

The missed attempts underscored another frustrating offensive game for the Revs, who outshot Toronto FC by a 13-6 margin (6-3 in shots on net). New England has scored only 15 goals in 16 games this season.

Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono made six saves to continue his perfect 2020 season. The backup has recorded shutouts in all three of his games played.

Auro entered the game as a substitute in the 56th minute. The defender missed Toronto FC's previous four games due to an ankle injury.

--Field Level Media
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