By Danny Picard
HOUSTON -- Veterans Shalrie Joseph and Matt Reis made it clear after last Saturdays 2-1 loss at home to Real Salt Lake: immaturity is the New England Revolutions biggest issue.
So with nothing but pride at stake in Sundays game at Houston, the Revs younger players and theres a lot of them -- can get to working on their leadership and accountability.
Sundays match against the Dynamo marks New Englands third-to-last game of the season; a season that will see no playoffs for the Revolution for the first time since 2001. And Sunday presents a great opportunity for the Revs to begin improving for next season.
The Dynamo arent much better than the Revs, if theyre even better at all. Houston
enters Sundays game as the seventh-place team in the Western Conference (out of eight) with 27 points. Thats only one point better than New England, which enters the match as the seventh-place team in the Eastern Conference (out of eight) with 26 points.
If the rest of the season is all about pride, the Revs hope to use Sunday as an opportunity to snap a five-game winless skid. In fact, the Revs only have one win in their last 10 matches. But there is one bit of good news; New England is 1-0 against Houston this season. So the Revolution have that going for them, at least.
After Sunday, the last two games on New Englands schedule are against the Kansas City Wizards at Gillette Stadium next Saturday, followed by the season-finale on Oct. 21 in New York against the Red Bulls.
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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.
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.