Chippy Toronto FC settles for draw
Rough play cost Toronto FC a player, and it may have cost them some valuable points in the MLS standings.
Edgaras Jankauskas scored in the 76th minute to give the New England Revolution a 1-1 home draw against a 10-man Toronto side on Saturday night.
Dwayne De Rosario netted a first-half goal for Toronto, which played a man short after Chad Barrett received his second booking for a sliding challenge just five minutes after halftime.
The chippy Reds were whistled for 19 fouls to the hosts' seven, but still managed to earn their first-ever point in Foxborough, Mass., in their fourth match there.
Toronto (7-7-6) remains on the fringe of the playoff picture after going winless in its last four meaningful matches. The Reds tied Houston two weeks ago, blew a late lead to fall 3-2 in Columbus last Saturday, and lost 1-0 at home to the Puerto Rico Islanders in their CONCACAF Champions League opener on Wednesday.
Toronto will visit Puerto Rico on Tuesday before returning home for a friendly against Spanish superclub Real Madrid on Friday night.
New England (6-5-6) is still three points back of Toronto.
It took all of 12 minutes for Toronto to receive its first of five bookings on the night (New England had just one, and not until the 90th minute). Ali Gerba was called for diving after Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis came sliding out to deny a chance in the penalty area.
De Rosario opened the scoring in the 34th minute — just one minute after New England set a team defensive record with its 385th straight scoreless minute. Barrett started the play by cutting into the middle above the penalty area and drilling a shot that smacked Gerba in the chest. The ball bounced right to De Rosario, who took a running start and drilled it home.
De Rosario's team-high eighth goal of the season moved him into a tie for third place in the MLS with L.A.'s Landon Donovan and Coloraro's Conor Casey.
Toronto's fortunes changed quickly in the second half as Barrett received a red card for his low challenge on Kevin Alston. The short-handed Reds did their best to protect their slim lead, but the Revolution finally broke through in the 76th minute when Jankauskas chased down a bouncing ball in the goal crease and tipped it into the far corner for his first MLS goal.