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Joseph salvages tie for Revs on penalty kick, 2-2

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Joseph salvages tie for Revs on penalty kick, 2-2

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Shalrie Joseph scored on a penalty kick in the 90th minute as the New England Revolution salvaged a 2-2 draw with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.

Benny Feilhaber scored in the 25th minute for New England (4-9-8), which kept Colorado frustrated most of the game.

Caleb Folan scored on a penalty kick in the 65th minute to tie the score and Kosuke Kimura gave Colorado (7-6-10) the lead in the 82nd with a kick from midfield that bounced over the head of New England goalkeeper Matt Reis.

The Rapids are 3-0-5 against the Revolution since last losing to New England in 2007. Colorado hasn't lost at home in the series since June 15, 2002, and is 6-0-4 over that span.

The two teams played to a scoreless tie on May 7.

Feilhaber's goal was the only shot the Revolution had in the first half. Kevin Alston made a long inbounds pass to Stephen McCarthy right in front of the crease. McCarthy sent a header back to Feilhaber in the slot, who ripped a shot just under the cross bar.

Colorado had two shots in the opening half, the first by Kimura in the second minute.

The Revolution double and triple teamed Sanna Nyassi to keep him in check. Nyassi broke free momentarily to get a shot off in the 30th minute only to have Reis deflect the shot past the right post.

Brian Mullan missed a wide open net that would have tied the game for the Rapids in the 44th minute.

New England had the game in control when the Rapids were awarded a penalty that Folan converted, sending a shot into the middle of the back netting past the spot vacated by Reis in the 65th minute.

New England defender Chris Tierney received a red card ejection after the call for disputing the penalty.

Playing a man short, the Revolution had a scoring chance in the 76th minute. Joseph had his shot from inside the box blocked before it reached Matt Pickens.

Then Kimura sent a harmless kick from midfielder that Reis came up to catch. Instead, the ball bounded high over Ries and into the goal to give Colorado a 2-1 lead.

But New England put pressure on the Colorado defense in the last three minutes. They were awarded a penalty kick and Joseph easily beat goalkeeper Pickens on the kick.

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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