Toronto FC started strong but faded quickly in a 2-1 loss to New England on Saturday at BMO Field.
TORONTO -- Sometimes the numbers fail to tell the whole story.
That was the case on Saturday afternoon as Toronto FC outpossessed, outpassed, and outchanced the New England Revolution but still ended up losing.
TFC has made a habit of being on the wrong end of the stats sheet so far this year, and the first time the team reversed that trend was also among the worst games it has played in 2014.
"It's a matter of just not digging deep, not doing our job," said a visibly upset Jonathan Osorio after the match. "We're supposed to win this game, there's no excuses for missing chances, there's no excuses. We should have won today and we didn't."
The numbers back up Osorio's sentiment. Toronto enjoyed 60.1 percent possession and completed nearly 200 more passes on the afternoon than the Revs, but the scoresheet still read 2-1 for the visitors. Much of that had to do with a lack of killer instinct in front of goal, as TFC looked clueless at times whenever presented with an opportunity.
At the other end, New England benefitted from some sloppy play by TFC's defensive line. The biggest culprit was youngster Doneil Henry, who returned to the lineup after a month off and had a game that he would like to forget.
In the 24th minute, Henry passed the ball directly to Revs midfielder Daigo Kobayashi, who then laid it off to Patrick Mullins for a 30-yard wonderstrike that left TFC goalkeeper Julio Cesar no chance. Until that point, Toronto had enjoyed the run of play, scoring first and looking the better team all over the pitch.
Henry followed up the costly first half mistake by handling the ball in Toronto's penalty area late in the second half, which resulted in a converted spot kick by Lee Nguyen for the winning goal. While teammate Justin Morrow could have done much better in his botched clearance that forced Henry to dive in and handle the ball, it was ultimately the young Canadian's infraction.
To say it wasn't Henry's day is an understatement.
"I think we were very unfortunate to not put more goals in the back of the net," Henry said, summarizing the match for reporters. "But at the end of the day, I have to get better and that's on me."
The 21-year-old wasn't looking for excuses, stating that his month-long injury layoff is not a good reason for his mental gaffe in the first half.
"I'm not going to look to blame anything or use anything as a scapegoat or excuse, I'll come back harder," he said. "I'm not the type of guy to shy away from when I make mistakes because I like to be credited when I do well. I'm gonna put this one behind me and I'm gonna get ready for the game on Wednesday [against the Vancouver Whitecaps].
"At the end of the day, one costly giveaway from a centre half changed the game. I take full responsibility for that."