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Alston and Domi to return for Revs in home opener

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Alston and Domi to return for Revs in home opener

By DannyPicard
CSNNE.com

Saturday marks the home opener for the New England Revolution, as they host D.C. United in the first game of the 2011 regular season at Gillette Stadium.

The Revs are coming off a 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy on the West Coast, Sunday, and welcomed the season-opening point with open arms.

Seeing D.C. United in town isnt the big news, though. Instead, all eyes will be on New Englands potential return of defenders Kevin Alston and Didier Domi.

Both Alston (hamstring) and Domi (knee) missed Sundays season opener in Los Angeles, but both re-joined the teams full training sessions earlier in the week, and Revolution coach Steve Nicol said that he expects each player to be available for Saturdays match with D.C. United.

Alston and Domi have each been ailing since the preseason, with Alston straining his hamstring just 10 minutes into the Revs first preseason game of the year, back in February, and Domi injuring his right knee during the teams preseason trip to Georgia.

Ive been running for a couple of weeks, so I think its just getting back up to speed, said Alston. But its felt good. I still think I have a ways to go, but Im working on it.

I was feeling nothing when I was playing, said Domi. It was just swelling a bit. Its still a bit swollen, but it doesnt hurt.

The Revs will need both back in the lineup as soon as possible, because the D.C. United enter Saturdays game at Gillette Stadium coming off a second-half surge that saw three goals in the final 45 minutes to give the United a win over the Columbus Crew.

Revolution fans will notice some changes at Gillette Stadium when they show up on Saturday. The venues seating arrangement has changed for 2011, as there will be a new seating configuration that will shorten the size of the sections by 10-15 rows, opening up the seats all around the bowl.

In the past, one entire side of the field was blocked off with a tarp, but that will no longer be the case, beginning with the teams first home game of the season on Saturday.

Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard. You can listen to Danny on hisstreaming radio show I'm Just Sayin' Monday-Friday from9-10 a.m. on CSNNE.com.

Diego Fagundez scores twice, Revolution top 10-man NYC 2-1

Diego Fagundez scores twice, Revolution top 10-man NYC 2-1

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Diego Fagundez scored two goals in the second half and the New England Revolution beat 10-man New York City FC 2-1 on Sunday.

New England (12-15-6) set a club record with 12 wins at home. NYC (16-9-8) had several possibilities to clinch a bye in the playoffs but needed at least a draw.

Fagundez opened the scoring in the 51st minute and made it 2-0 in the second minute of stoppage time with his sixth goal of the season. Andrew Farrell set up the first goal by dribbling into the area and finding Fagundez at the top of the box. It was his first goal since June 3. Fagundez's next goal was a tap-in after his breakaway shot was knocked back to him.

Khiry Shelton scored for NYC in the third minute of extra time by getting past the defense for a long ball and heading it in.

NYC's Jack Harrison was shown a straight red card in the 26th minute for a late challenge on Teal Bunbury. It was Harrison's first red card of his professional career and he'll miss the regular-season finale against Columbus Crew SC next weekend.

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United States fails to qualify for World Cup for first time since 1986

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United States fails to qualify for World Cup for first time since 1986

COUVA, Trinidad — The United States has been eliminated from World Cup contention, a shocking loss at Trinidad ending the Americans’ streak of seven straight appearances at soccer’s showcase.

Twenty-eight years after a stunning victory at Trinidad put the Americans back in the World Cup after a four-decade absence, their chances for next year’s tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela.

Trinidad and Tobago scored a pair of first-half goals, and the United States was eliminated with a 2-1 defeat Tuesday night — the first time missing the World Cup since 1986.

The U.S. entered its final qualifier with a berth uncertain for the first time since 1989. Home losses to Mexico last November and Costa Rica left the Americans little margin for error.

The 28th-ranked Americans needed merely a tie against 99th-ranked Trinidad, which lost its sixth straight qualifier last week. But the defeat — coupled with Honduras’ come-from-behind 3-2 win over Mexico and Panama’s 2-1 victory over Costa Rica on Ramon Torres’ 88th-minute goal — dropped the Americans from third place into fifth in the six-nation final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.

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