FC Dallas takes control as Revolution lose 4-2


FC Dallas takes control as Revolution lose 4-2

After a wild and entertaining first half, FC Dallas took control after intermission and handed the New England Revolution their first home loss, a 4-2 decision that featured a pair of goals from Tesho Akindele. Akindele scored in the fifth minute and the 90th to give FC Dallas its third road win of the season and lift the visitors into first place in the Western Conference and the Supporters Shield standings.

Dallas took the lead for good on a Fabian Castillo goal in the 70th minute and Akindele put it away with his second of the game. The two-goal second half was comparatively tame after the first half saw four goals and two substitutions, both forced by injury. 

FC Dallas lost Michael Barrios when he was fouled by Revs goalkeeper  Bobby Shuttleworth in the second minute. Dallas was awarded a penalty on the play, and Akindele converted to give FCD the early lead. Barrios tried to play on but couldn't, and was subbed out in the eighth minute.

New England scored twice to take the lead before losing midfielder Gershon Koffie to a knee injury in the 28th minute. A header by Juan Agudelo off a Lee Nguyen free kick in the 23rd minute, and a Nguyen penalty in the 26th minute had put the Revs in control. But before halftime, Dallas had tied the score again, when Atiba Harris headed in a corner from substitute Kellyn Acosta in the 36th minute.

Revs coach Friedel, GM Burns on Soccer Hall of Fame ballot

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Revs coach Friedel, GM Burns on Soccer Hall of Fame ballot

FOXBORO -- New England Revolution coach Brad Friedel has been named to the ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2018 elections. In addition, general manager Michael Burns is one of nine former players eligible for election as a Veteran candidate. 
Friedel is in his first year of eligibility after completing his playing career in 2014 as one of the most acclaimed American goalkeepers in history. In addition to earning 82 career caps and appearing in six FIFA World Cup matches, Friedel enjoyed a 17-year career in the English Premier League, where he made 310 consecutive starts in goal and ranks among the top 10 all-time with 132 clean sheets. He has won many individual honors over the years, including being named Major League Soccer goalkeeper of the year in 1997, English Premier League goalkeeper of the year in 2003, and the U.S. Soccer Federation’s men’s athlete of the year in 2002. 
Burns, who played in 75 international matches for the USMNT between 1992 and 1998, remains on the ballot as a Veteran candidate. Now in his seventh season as General Manager of the Revolution, Burns was a member of the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cup squads, and competed in the 1992 Olympics Games. His club career was highlighted by a seven-year playing career in Major League Soccer from 1996-2002, where he made 75 total appearances for New England, San Jose, and Kansas City. 
In addition, former Revolution players Taylor Twellman (2002-09) and Steve Ralston (2002-09) remain on the 2018 Player ballot. 
Voting begins today and runs through Monday, March 26 for the Player, Veteran Player, and Builder categories. The results of voting will be announced at a later date, and the grand opening of the National Soccer Hall of Fame is set for the weekend of October 20-21, 2018.

Tierney scores in 93rd minute, Revs beat Rapids, 2-1

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Tierney scores in 93rd minute, Revs beat Rapids, 2-1

FOXBORO - Chris Tierney scored on a free kick in the 93rd minute to give the Revolution a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids in the Revs' home opener on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

Wilfried Zahibo drew a foul against Niki Jackson to set up Tierney, whose left-footed shot went through with a deflection off Colorado's wall.

Jackson, who was making his MLS debut, tied it in the 66th minute for the Rapids. He raced behind the central defense on Johan Blomberg's diagonal cross and crossed in front of goalkeeper Matt Turner to get his head on it.

Diego Fagundez opened the scoring for the Revolution (1-1-0) in the 48th minute, settling Cristian Penilla's short cross with one touch and finishing a low shot into the middle of the goal.

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