RevolutionMonarcas: Revs win 1-0

RevolutionMonarcas: Revs win 1-0

By Danny Picard

FOXBORO -- Revolution win 1-0

-- The Revs win on a goal from Marko Perovic in the 62nd minute. Stay right here for reaction from Revs players and coach Steve Nicol, as well as coverage of Steve Ralston's retirement press conference.

-- 89th minute -- Monarcas defender Adrian Garcia gets a yellow card for a pretty dirty tackle from behind Schilawski. Schilawski's teammate, Pat Phelan, was pretty fired up afterwards, and rushed down the field to get in Garcia's face.

-- 82nd minute -- Forward Zack Schilawski comes in to replace Perovic.

-- 62nd minute -- REVOLUTION LEAD 1-0 -- Marko Perovic scored his third goal in the last four games, this time, putting away a high, bouncing ball in Monarcas' box at the left post. Perovic just stepped down the left wing, found the loose ball, and booted a rocket into the top-left corner for the 1-0 lead.

-- 57th minute -- Revolution pick up their first yellow card of the game. It goes to defender Darrius Barnes.

-- 49th minute -- Second yellow card of the match is called, and once again, it goes to Monarcas. Forward Rafael Marquez Lugo gets the card.


No score at Halftime:

--So there you go, no score after the first 45 minutes. There were 12 total shots take in the first half, but only two of those shots were on goal. Both Monarcas and New England each have one shot on goal, but nobody has been able to tickle the twine.

-- 40th minute -- First yellow card of the match is given out to Monarcas midfielder Adrian Aldrete, deep in his own side of the field. But the Revs couldn't do anything after. We're still scoreless. If it stays this way the rest of the game, New England will be happy. All the Revs need is one point to finish in first place in their group, setting them up with a home game in the semi-finals of SuperLiga 2010.

--Midway through the first half, and we're scoreless at Gillette.

--Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston will announce his retirement prior to tonight's game. Stay right here for complete coverage of his post-game press conference.


Here are the starting lineups for tonight's match between the New England Revolution and Monarcas Morelia at Gillette Stadium. It's the final match of the SuperLiga 2010 group stage. After wining the first two matches of the group stage, the Revs have already clinched a semi-final bid. The only thing at stake on Tuesday night is a semi-final game at home, which they can get with a point against Monarcas.

GK -- Reis (captain)
DEF -- Tierney
DEF -- Sinovic
DEF -- Barnes
DEF -- Osei
MID --Mansally
MID -- Phelan
MID -- Niouky
MID -- Smith
FWD -- Perovic
FWD -- Dube

GK -- Urbina
DEF -- Garcia
DEF -- Romero (captain)
DEF -- Perez
MID -- Pineda
MID -- Noriega
MID -- Lozano
MID -- Aldrete
FWD -- Sansores
FWD -- Lugo
FWD -- Hernandez

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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.