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Revolution look to attack tired Whitecaps

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Revolution look to attack tired Whitecaps

By DannyPicard
CSNNE.com

FOXBORO Much like when New England traveled across the country to Vancouver earlier in the 2011 season, the expansion Whitecaps will be on short rest entering Saturdays match with the Revolution at Gillette Stadium.

Vancouver left for New England on Thursday morning, and the Revs know exactly how they felt. New England had an April 6 match in Canada after arriving just two days before.

Our players know how they feel when they travel, said Revolution assistant coach Steve Myles. "So its common sense, when youve traveled that far across the country, in that many time zones, it does have an effect.

The Revs played to a 1-1 draw in their last match. They hope to take advantage of a less-rested Vancouver team, and earn more than just one point on Saturday. That starts with being more creative in the final third.

Defensively, we were happy with the defense, said Myles about allowing zero goals in their last game. We thought we created some chances that we could have capitalized on a little bit better, but we maybe didnt create as many chances as we wanted to.

Obviously, weve got one side thats going OK, but now we want to concentrate on the other side. Were asking players to be a little bit more creative in the right areas.

What will also help, on Saturday, is if the Revolution can get on the board first. If they can do that, captain Shalrie Joseph believes they can be more dominant the rest of the match.

It definitely sets the tone, and having such a young team, I think it helps us a lot, said Joseph. It allows us to play a little bit more, be more possessive. It helps our confidence, if we can get that first goal.

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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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