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Pros and Cons of Revolution’s 4-4-2 formation

Pros and Cons of Revolution’s 4-4-2 formation

Paul Mariner and Brad Feldman discussed the strengths and challenges as the New England Revolution transitions to playing the 4-4-2 formation.

Mariner loves what the formation will bring to the Revs -- he's especially excited to see the number of runners in the box.

"You've got to put the system together that's going to suit the players," Mariner said. "And I just feel that the way [Revolution coach] Jay [Heaps] has put this system together with the players -- I think it's perfect for them. They've got the protection in front of the two central defenders -- absolutely ideal. The only way that this shouldn't get it done is if they're flat and it's that long ball -- it's like that Leicester City ball over the top for the likes of [Jamie] Vardy. That won't happen."

"But the beauty about this system is this is a very attacking system," he said. "When you're in posession of the ball, you've always got to think about what happens if it breaks down. That's what Jay will be drilling into the boys. Yes, it's going to be beautiful going forward, but when they lose it, it's absolutely key that they pick up in the right areas."

Mariner explained "it's going to be a nightmare" for the opposition.

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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