Revolution-Sounders preview


Revolution-Sounders preview

By Danny Picard Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO The New England Revolution know what lies ahead.

They realize that five of their next six games are on the road. And theyre well aware that theyre 0-5-2 away from Gillette Stadium this season.

The Revolution look to pick up their first road win of the season on Sunday afternoon in Seattle, against the Western Conferences second-place Sounders FC, after having seven days off.

The Sounders have 28 points this season, with a 7-4-7 record, while the Revs are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference with only 15 points, and a 3-7-6 record.

While New England is winless in its last six games with two draws and four losses, Seattle hasnt lost since May 25, and is 3-0-2 in its last five matches. In order for the Revs to break their own skid and the Sounders streak, theyre going to have to put the ball in the net, which was once again the main focus at practice all week.

New England coach Steve Nicol believes his teams desperation to score goals and get a win will eventually work in their favor.

I think anybodys whos been here the last few games, can see that the effort and the commitment and attitude is spot on, said Nicol. Everybodys left it on the field by the
end of the game. So I think that tells you all you need to know about the psyche of the team. Everybodys desperate to do well, and were putting everything into it.

-- Heres a look at New Englands latest injury report, as of Friday:

Ryan Cochrane (L hamstring strain)
Benny Feilhaber (R ankle sprain)

Ousmane Dabo (R quadriceps strain)
Alan Koger (L Ankle Contusion)

Chris Tierney (L foot contusion)

-- OUT:
Didier Domi (R Achilles tendonitis)
Kheli Dube (whiplash)
Stephen McCarthy (L Shoulder Subluxation)
Marko Perovic (L knee surgery)

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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.