Revs begin life without Joseph


Revs begin life without Joseph

Earlier this week, the New England Revolution traded captain Shalrie Joseph to Chivas USA. He was a mainstay with the Revs, spending almost 10 years with the team after being drafted by New England in the second round of the 2002 draft.

Saturday night will be the first time the Revolution will play without him in their organization, since that draft. And it will be against Sporting KC at Gillette Stadium.

In return for the 34-year-old Joseph, the Revs received 23-year-old midfielder Blair Gavin, a second-round pick, and allocation money.

"Trading Shalrie was a not a decision we made easily," said Revolution general manager Michael Burns earlier in the week. "Shalrie has been one of the faces of the club for a decade, but we had to take a hard look at our roster and decide where we needed to be as we look toward the future. Shalrie has accomplished so much as a member of the Revs, and we wish him nothing but best wishes as he moves on to the next stage in his career with Chivas USA.

"With this trade, we gain a significant amount of roster flexibility and add a player in Blair Gavin who has great potential, an additional draft pick next year, plus allocation money all of which provides us options to improve the team."

The Revs will need to improve soon if they want to have any shot at the postseason, after going 0-1-2 on their recent three-game road trip. New England is now winless in its last four games, with the last win coming on July 8 at home against New York.

Saturday's match with Sporting KC will be a rematch from two weeks ago, which resulted in a 0-0 draw.

Sporting KC enters Saturday as the third-place team in the Eastern Conference (out of 10) with 37 points on an 11-7-4 record. Meanwhile, the Revolution enter the match as the ninth-place team in the East, with 23 points on a 6-10-5 record.

Unfortunately for New England, its newest acquisition is unlikely to make his Revolution debut, as Gavin is doubtful with hamstring tightness, according to the team's injury report.

Also listed as doubtful is A.J. Soares (hamstring), while Kevin Alston is questionable (hamstring). Ruled out are Alec Purdie (ankle) and Bobby Shuttleworth (knee).

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.