Reggie Lambe’s coach Toronto FC coach Paul Mariner enjoyed a winning return to Gillette Stadium as Luis Silva's eighth-minute goal gave Toronto a 1-0 victory over the New England Revolution. Listen to Lambes post game comments click Read More
Silva combined with Danny Koevermans and Lambe on the edge of the penalty area and slotted home his second goal in as many games to separate the sides. New England searched ardently for an equalizer in the second half, but Toronto FC goalkeeper Milos Kocic intervened on several occasions to preserve the points.
The win came at a significant cost for Toronto as Koevermans limped off four minutes before halftime after suffering an apparent left knee injury, but the visitors persevered through that setback to snap the Revolution's five-match unbeaten run.
Revolution defender Stephen McCarthy forced coach Jay Heaps into an early switch after he clashed heads with Toronto FC forward Ryan Johnson just two minutes into the contest. Shalrie Joseph emerged from the bench to replace McCarthy in central defense four minutes later.
Toronto exploited the uncertainty caused by the substitutions to open the scoring after eight minutes. Neat buildup play between Lambe, Koevermans and Silva prompted a quick one-two on the edge of the penalty area between Koevermans and Silva. Koevermans' return pass played Silva through into the penalty area, and the rookie made no mistake on the close range finish.