Pride on the line when Revs host 'Quakes


Pride on the line when Revs host 'Quakes

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

FOXBORO -- Three-game home stands are usually beneficial, but for the New England Revolution, the next two matches at Gillette Stadium dont mean much.

The Revs have officially been eliminated from the postseason with their loss last
weekend to the Seattle Sounders. New England players made it known after that loss, that the remaining three games on the teams schedule will be about keeping their jobs and their pride.

Saturday nights game at Gillette Stadium will mean just as much to the visiting San Jose Earthquakes, as they were also eliminated from postseason contention last weekend.

Goalkeeper Matt Reis (hamstring) and defender A.J. Soares (ankle) are both ruled out
for Saturday nights match against the Earthquakes, with Soares being shut down for the season.

Zak Boggs (hip), Rajko Lekic (ankle), Stephen McCarthy (shoulder), Ryan Kinne (nasal
fracture), and Sainey Nyassi (hamstring) will also be out of action on Saturday, while
Kevin Alston and Monsef Zerka were upgraded to probable on Friday.

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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.


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


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.