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Phelan's first career goal lifts Revs

Phelan's first career goal lifts Revs

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Third-year midfielder Pat Phelan scored the first goal of his MLS career and goalkeeper Matt Reis made a season-high six saves to record his second regular-season shutout, lifting the New England Revolution to a 1-0 victory over D.C. United on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.The win extended the Revolutions (5-9-3, 18 pts.) unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2) in all competitions and three games (2-0-1) in league action. Meanwhile, the loss was the fourth straight for United (3-13-3, 12 pts.), which is now winless in its last seven league games.The games only goal arrived in the 42nd minute courtesy of a set piece, as Chris Tierneys curling free kick was nodded home by Phelan.Kevin Alston (L hamstring strain) and Marko Perovic (L calf strain) both missed out after sustaining minor injuries in the midweek SuperLiga victory over Puebla, leaving just 14 healthy field players available for the Revs. That included Serbian forward Ilija Stolica, who received his U.S. P-1 Visa on Friday morning and arrived in Boston from Belgrade on Friday night.With his options limited, head coach Steve Nicol named an improvised starting lineup with central defender Emmanuel Osei playing right back and forward Kenny Mansally earning just his second start of the regular season alongside Zack Schilawski.As expected under the direction of interim head coach Ben Olsen for the first time, United came out with high energy as the visitors looked to prove a point following the dismissal of former head coach Curt Onalfo midweek. The Revs did well to limit D.C.s chances, however, as a 15-yard header from Pablo Hernandez represented the only decent effort for either side in the opening 25 minutes.New England responded with its first quality chance in the 28th minute, when Cory Gibbs free header from Mansallys corner kick looped over the bar. Schilawski followed that up with a 25-yard blast in the 39th minute, and although D.C. goalkeeper had Bill Hamid appeared to have it covered, the shot flashed just wide of the right post.The Revolutions pressure paid off with a goal just before halftime, as Phelan got on the end of Tierneys curling free kick in the 42nd minute. Tierneys service came from near midfield, and Phelan pulled away from Branko Boskovic before expertly flicking a header toward the far post. Hamid got his hand on the ball but couldnt prevent it from crossing the line to give the Revs a 1-0 halftime lead.United began the second half in search of an equalizer and almost found it in the 56th minute when Boskovics clever pass freed Hernandez at the penalty spot. Hernandez fired a low shot, but Reis charged off his line to kick the effort away.Looking to hold on to their slender lead, the Revs brought on Stolica for his MLS debut in the 73rd minute. At 6-foot-1, the big striker provided some muscle up front, the ability to hold the ball and help the Revs move out of the back.United almost broke through just seconds after the substitution, but Stephen Kings side-footed effort from 20 yards narrowly flew past the upper right corner. Former Revolution forward Adam Cristman then had a free header from six yards in the 80th minute, but he bounced his effort wide.The games final scoring chance fell to Mansally in the 85th minute as his left-footed volley went close, but the Revs didnt need the goal in the end as Phelans strike held up for the 1-0 win.The Revs will now have a full week off before their next match, a regular-season encounter with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, Aug. 14. Kickoff from Gillette Stadium is set for 8 p.m.New England Revolution (5-9-3, 18 pts.) vs. D.C. United (3-13-3, 12 pts.)
August 7, 2010 Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)NOTES:The win improved the Revolutions record against D.C. United to 21-25-8 all time, and 14-9-4 at home including 8-3-4 at Gillette Stadium since the facility opened in 2002.The Revolution now has a seven-game unbeaten in all competitions dating back to July 10 New England is 5-0-2 during that stretch, including 2-0-1 in MLS play the run matches the Revolutions longest such streak since 2008.Pat Phelan scored his first career goal in the 42nd minute when he redirected a free kick off the foot of Chris Tierney with his head into the back of the net Phelans first goal comes in the same season as his first career regular-season assist, which he picked up at Columbus (May 8).New England won its first season series of 2010 on its fourth try the Revs finished 0-1-1 against San Jose, and 1-1-0 against both Toronto and LA.The Revolution won consecutive season series over D.C. United for the first time ever New England finished 1-0-1 against D.C. last year and swept this year, 2-0-0 before 2009, the Revolution had not won a season series since 2005.Chris Tierney tallied his second assist of the season on Saturday night fifth of his career Tierneys first assist of the season was also against United, when he assisted Kenny Mansally in the 80th minute on New Englands first goal of the 2010 season.Emmanuel Osei started the first game of his career at right back, in place of the injured Kevin Alston.Chris Tierney started his 15 match of the season the fourth game of the season at left back he has also started eight games at left midfield and three at central midfield.Recent signees Ilija Stolica and Roberto Linck were present and available for their first MLS matches as members of the Revolution Stolica was on the sideline for his first game, while Linck was available, but did not play in the SuperLiga semifinal win over Puebla F.C. on Wednesday.Ilija Stolica made his first MLS appearance in the 73rd minute when he replaced Zack Shilawski. Roberto Linck subsequently made his initial appearance in the 80th minute when he came on for Khano Smith.After making his first start in a Revolution uniform at left back last weekend at Philadelphia, Gibbs moved back to his customary position at central defense ... while Gibbs was a member of the Colorado Rapids last year, he made 16 of his 19 starts at left back.D.C. United interim head coach Ben Olsen made his head coaching debut on Saturday night against the Revolution Olsen took over early in the week when Curt Onalfo was dismissed in the middle of his first year at the helm.Former Rev Adam Cristman made his first ever appearance against the Revolution when he replaced Branko Boskovic in the 69th minute Cristman was a member of the Revolution for two seasons, from 2007-2008, when he appeared in 46 games, scored 10 goals and assisted on five others Cristman played for Kansas City in 2009 before landing in D.C. this season

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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