Revolution

Revolution - D.C. United preview

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Revolution - D.C. United preview

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Follow @dannypicard
The New England Revolution made it clear after Sunday nights 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union, that its time for everyone to start playing for their jobs.

In a quick turnaround, the Revs will try to back up their words on Wednesday night in Washington D.C. against D.C. United.

Frustration has reached a season-high after Sundays loss, which extended the Revolutions winless skid to nine games. New Englands last win came back on May 14. Since then, the Revs are 0-6-3, and according to everyone involved, the only way things are going to improve for the Eastern Conferences last-place team, is if they start playing with more heart.

The return of captain Shalrie Joseph to the lineup on Wednesday will also help. Joseph was suspended for Sundays match because of yellow-card accumulation.

As one player returns, another will sit out. Midfielder Benny Feilhaber will be suspended for Wednesday because of his ejection from Sundays game after he received a pair of yellow cards.

As for the injury report, Kevin Alston (hamstring), Zak Boggs (ankle), Ryan Cochrane (foot), and Chris Tierney (hamstring) were all listed as probable on Tuesday, while Kheli Dube (whiplash) was ruled out.

A day after the Revs 3-0 loss, Revs midfielder Ousmane Dabo announced his retirement from professional soccer. Dabo signed with the club on February 11, but made just three appearances due to injuries.

This is a very tough decision for me, and Im frustrated to have not been able to help the Revolution more, Dabo said. Ive had some physical issues that I havent been able to heal, so Ive decided to retire and release the club from my contract. I very much wish the New England Revolution all of the best and thank them for everything.

We know this was not easy for Ousmane, but we respect the decision he's made, Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. He is a true professional and provided leadership to our team this year when he was on the field. Hes had a terrific career, and we wish him all the best in whatever venture he chooses next.

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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.

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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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