WASHINGTON -- Substitute Maicon Santos scored the winning goal in the second half in Eastern Conference-leading D.C. United's 3-2 over the New England Revolution on Saturday night.Dejan Jakovic and Brandon McDonald scored in the first half for United (8-4-3). The Washington club is unbeaten in its last eight home matches, winning its last five.Saer Sene and A.J. Soares scored early in the second half for the Revolution, 4-7-1 overall and 1-6-0 on the road.
Bill Hamid denied Kelen Rowe's 90th-minute header with a finger-tip save.New England also suffered its only home loss to United 2-1 on April 14. Santos, who also scored in that contest in April and leads United with seven goals, struck 4 minutes after entering the game Saturday.He also helped set it up, feeding Dwayne De Rosario on the left before racing into the box to reach the end of De Rosario's cross and drive it past goalkeeper Matt Reis in the 61st minute.The goal reversed the game's momentum after the Revolution canceled out United's 2-0 halftime lead 5 minutes into the second half. Sene latched onto a rebound of Benny Feilhaber's long range effort and drove it past United's Bill Hamid from close range in the 48th minute.In the 50th, Soares rose to head Chris Tierny's corner kick inside the left post.
United pulled ahead in the 15th minute when McDonald flicked a looping header of Branko Boskovic's long free kick into the top right corner. Jakovic doubled the lead in first-half stoppage time, reaching the ball in a goalmouth scramble.
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.