Wednesday night's 1-0 win for Toronto FC over New England Revolution had more importance to it than any other regular-season match would. As Ayo Akinola had Toronto FC's 750th competitive goal in club history.
Greg Vanney's side extended their unbeaten run to six games and winning streak to four in Gillette Stadium. For New England however,they had their four-game winning streak snapped.
This squad is looking more and more like their old selves in 2017 when they won it all and became MLS Cup Champions. TFC now moves into First Place of the Eastern and Overall Standings, inching closer to clinch a Major League Soccer playoff spot with 34 points. Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew SC trailing the reds by 3 points.
Akinola's 29th minute goal was all that Toronto needed to come out on top. Delgado put a ball into the open, Ayo won the battle after Revs defender Farrel fell backwards, and Akinola had time and space in front of goalkeeper turner to put it away.
Fast forward to 67th minute Marky Delgado fouled Lee Nguyen for a penalty kick awarded for the home side. two minutes later attacker Adam Buksa from Poland shockingly missed and hit the cross bar.
On the other side, Canadian Tajon Buchanan started and played all 90 minutes for the Revs as he makes his case for a Canadian Men's National Team call-up. For the Brampton-native this is his fifth consecutive start in the starting eleven. This is the forward's second professional season after being drafted in the first round of the 2019 Super draft after a successful time in NCAA.
They are still however missing Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Justin Morrow up. All three players are key members.
Goalkeeper Alex Bono also started his 100th match and got six saves total for his 29th clean sheet to surpass a club record in both categories surpassing Stefan Frei who played for them From 2009 to 2013.
Their next match comes on Sunday, October 11th away at FC Cincinnati. Kick-off is at 7:30 PM. Venue: Nippert Stadium
Toronto FC: Bono, Ciman, Mavinga, Gallacher, Laryea, Delgado, Osorio, Piatti, DeLeon, Pozuelo, Akinola.
IN: Auro, Gonzalez, Fraser, Mullins
OUT: Gallacher, DeLeon, Piatti, Akinola
New England Revolution: Turner, Bye, Farrel, Kessler, Jones, McNamara, Caldwell, Buchanan, Fagundez, Nguyen, Buksa.
IN: Buttner, Rowe, Penilla, Bunbury
OUT: Bye, Jones, Fagundez, Nguyen