Revs focus within before game with Timbers


Revs focus within before game with Timbers

By DannyPicard

FOXBORO Following Saturdays 2-1 win over D.C. United, everyone in the New England Revolution locker room had the same feeling: theres plenty of work to be done.

The Revs are thrilled to have four points through their first two games, and have embraced their early success while continuing to learn and improve.

So its no surprise that when watching film of their own game and their next opponents previous game, that the Revs are focusing more on themselves than what the expansion Timbers will be doing on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

We try to pick up some areas that we think we can capitalize on, said Revolution assistant coach Stephen Myles after Wednesdays shortened training session. But the biggest thing is, if Im being honest, we dont really worry a lot about what other teams do. We more worry about what we do.

Myles said that most of the preparation this week has involved the coaching staff keeping it simple for his players who are still trying to gel with each other.

The main focus is just to carry on what weve been doing, said Myles. Try and look at one or two little areas when we have a look at the game tape. There are little things that wed like to tighten up on. But more than anything, just to continue doing the right things.

We dont try and complicate things, we just try and keep it as simple as possible. And if the players do the right things, at the right times, and doing them the right way, then well be fine.

After looking at the tape of their own game against the United last weekend, the Revs coaching staff enjoyed the end result just as much as when they saw it live. But after seeing the games ball possession go in favor of D.C., it was something they knew they had to address this week.

I thought we worked hard, said Myles on last weekends win. We worked hard, and I think we could maybe pass it a little bit better, and keep possession of it a little bit better. I was looking at the possession stats, and obviously D.C. had more possession in the game than we did. But at the end of the day, you look at it, and would you rather take the result and take the three points, and have less possession, or do you think possessions the name of the game?

Obviously when youve got more possession, and your on top, it helps. But sometimes its a little bit of negative possession. The games about sticking the ball in the back of the net, and stopping them.

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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.