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Revs beat Red Bulls in preseason action, 3-1

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Revs beat Red Bulls in preseason action, 3-1

By Jeff Lemieux

TUCSON, Ariz. The New England Revolution scored three unanswered second-half goals to erase a halftime deficit and claim a 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Lee Nguyen from the penalty spot and Jerry Bengtson scored just six minutes apart early in the second half to put the Revolution in front, while training camp invitee Marko Jesic added an insurance strike in the late stages. Juninho had given the Red Bulls a halftime lead with an 11th-minute strike.

New England (1-1-0, 3 pts.) now sits in second place in the Desert Diamond Cup standings, behind Seattle Sounders FC (2-0-0, 6 pts.) but ahead of New York (0-1-1, 1 pt.) and Real Salt Lake (0-1-1, 1 pt.). The Revs would clinch a spot in the DDC championship match which will be televised live next Saturday on NBC Sports Network with a win over RSL in the final group match. A draw could also put the Revs through to the final provided the Red Bulls dont defeat the Sounders by three or more goals.

The Revs were without the suspended Sainey Nyassi ejected from the previous game against Seattle while Kevin Alston, Chad Barrett, Ryan Guy, Saer Sene and Chris Tierney were also unavailable because of either illness or injury.

Bengtson was active early and forced New York goalkeeper Luis Robles into a pair of saves in the sixth minute. Nguyen created the first chance after weaving inside from the right wing and dishing a clever pass, while Bengtson was alert to pounce on a loose ball 30 seconds later, but both shots were stopped by Robles.

Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis could do nothing to stop Juninhos 25-yard drive five minutes later, however, as the Red Bulls took an early lead. A deflected pass from the left wing found its way to the top of the box, where the Brazilian drilled a right-footed shot into the lower right corner.

Juninho went close to a second in the 26th minute after a well-worked Red Bulls move down the left, but his curling effort drifted inches wide of the far upper corner and New York carried a 1-0 lead into the break.

After beginning the second half with a largely unchanged side, the Revs turned the deficit into a lead within 15 minutes of the restart.

Nguyen first pulled New England level with a cheeky penalty kick in the 52nd minute. Referee Ricardo Salazar pointed to the spot when Donnie Smiths long-distance drive struck the hand of Jamison Olave inside the box and Nguyen stepped up to chip the spot-kick down the middle as Robles dove to his right.

It took the Revs just six more minutes to grab the lead as Bengtson scored the Revolutions first goal from the run of play in the 2013 preseason. Smith was again influential as he looped a left-footed cross into the box, while Bengtson ghosted in at the back post to guide a header across goal and into the far corner.

Jesic put the result beyond doubt in the 88th minute, finishing low past Ian Joyce after Juan Toja had played him into the right side of the box.

The Revs will close out Desert Diamond Cup group play on Wednesday, Feb. 20, when theyll take on Real Salt Lake at 7 p.m. ET.

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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