Rev-Galaxy preview

Rev-Galaxy preview

By Danny Picard

Just over a week after an embarrassing 5-0 loss at Real Salt Lake, the New England Revolution will not only try to win their first game since May 29, but theyll also try to score their first goal since that 3-2 victory over the New York Red Bulls, when they host the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

Neither feat will be easy for the 3-9-2 Revs. The Galaxy enters Saturdays match as MLS best team. Los Angeles' 11-1-3 record gives them 25 more points than the Revolution, who have only 11 points thus far.

Los Angeles has already beaten New England this season. It was a 1-0 defeat in the season opener on the West Coast. Edson Buddles goal in the sixth minute made the difference. He currently leads MLS in goals with 10, five of which are game-winners, which also leads the entire league.

Buddles partner-in-crime, Landon Donovan leads MLS in assists, with 10. However, New England might not have to worry about him. Los Angeles head coach Bruce Arena said after his teams last game that Donovan may stay on the West Coast in order to get some extra rest following his World Cup appearance.

With Donovan, they are the most dangerous team in the league. The Galaxys 25 total goals in 15 games ranks second in MLS, just three behind Real Salt Lake. And L.A.s play on the defensive end is just as dominant, as it boasts the league-best goals-against average of 0.33.

Now, back to the Revs. Theyll have to defend Los Angeles powerhouse offense without Cory Gibbs, who was downgraded to out on Fridays injury report with a left quadriceps strain. Gibbs did not participate in competitive training activities this week, and will be a big loss to a team that clearly doesnt have enough offensive fire power to compete in a shootout of any kind.

If theres anything positive at all entering Saturdays game with the Galaxy, its the potential return of second-year defender Darrius Barnes, who has missed the last two months with a right foot injury.

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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.