Revs-Fire preview: Revs look to spark offense


Revs-Fire preview: Revs look to spark offense

By Danny Picard Follow @dannypicard
FOXBOROUGH, Mass -- Call it the battle to get out of the basement, if you want. But Saturdays match between the New England Revolution and Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium does have plenty of meaning.

Both teams have 14 points, and are tied for second-to-last place in the Eastern Conference.

In order to leap-frog the Fire, the Revolution realize that they have to start scoring goals. Its the teams main flaw at this point of the season, and with only two goals in their last five games, its put them in a five-game winless skid.

After losing four straight MLS matches, the Revs played to a scoreless draw on Wednesday night against Toronto FC. The realize what they have to do, in order to get the full three points, something they havent had since May 14.

Were not blind, we know we have to score goals, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol. The last three games, weve made chances. We just need to take that extra step and finish them. If we do that, then well get the three points.

-- Midfielder Benny Feilhaber missed the last three games with a right ankle sprain, but will be available to come off the bench on Saturday night against the Fire. Feilhaber returned to training late in the week, and will need more time to condition, before he is inserted back into the Revolution starting lineup.

-- Defender Ryan Cochrane (hamstring strain) left Wednesdays draw in the second half, and will not be available against the Fire on Saturday.

-- Midfielder Zak Boggs (MCL sprain) was listed as doubtful on the teams injury report Friday.

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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.